|Portrayed by||Hywel Bennett|
|Introduced by||Louise Berridge|
|First Appearance||12th May 2003|
|Last Appearance||18th July 2003|
Jack Dalton was born in July 1943 in Walford. He grew up in the area and became a career criminal. By the 1980s he was a fearsome gangland boss and ordered the shooting of Den Watts in 1989. Actually Jack had got Mr Vinnicombe killed for failing to kill Den, who had escaped abroad for a new life, and had dumped Vinnicombe's body in the canal. His teeth were bricked so as to avoid dental records identification. Jack took over as boss of The Firm.
In the late 1980s, Den became involved with "Walford Investments", aka The Firm, and was forced to become the titular manager of Strokes wine bar (formerly Henry's), which was owned by The Firm and was really a front for illegal gambling. Strokes had a rival bar in the form of The Dagmar, fronted by James Wilmott-Brown, who went on to rape Kathy Beale, the wife of Den's best friend. Den used his connections with The Firm to arrange for The Dagmar to be torched. The fire drew attention to the illegal goings-on at Strokes, and thus greatly angered The Firm. Den refused to take the blame and The Firm believed that he had informed the police about them. Consequently, Dalton decided to have Den murdered, and two of their members followed him to Manchester in September 1988 when he went there to seek refuge with a friend. However, he managed to outrun them in his friend's car and handed himself into the police, who remanded him in custody on an arson charge until he appeared in court the following February.
In one of the series' most famous exits, Den (who just hours earlier had escaped after members of The Firm had intercepted the taxi taking him to court) was shot as he walked by the canal by a member of The Firm, who was walking with a woman and had a gun hidden in a bunch of daffodils. Three weeks later, spots of blood were found on the canal towpath and the police identified this as Den's blood, and believed that he had been murdered. However, an initial search of the canal failed to uncover his body. In May 1990, a local boy was fishing in the canal when he discovered Den's distinctive signet ring, prompting another search of the canal which this time uncovered a body which was identified as Den's.
In May 2003, Jack Dalton was employing Dennis Rickman. Spencer Moon uses forged currency in Jack's nightlcub and Jack orders Spencer is beaten up but Alfie Moon takes a beating for Spencer. Jack finds that Kate Morton is an undercover policewoman working in his club and he orders her to be killed but Phil Mitchell persuades Jack to call it off. Jack does so but says Phil owes him a favour.
Jack calls in the favour by ordering Phil to kill Dennis Rickman for blackmailing him. Jack is later told that Dennis is the illegitimate son of Den Watts. Unfortunately for Jack, Dennis manages to convince Phil that he will murder Jack himself so the two of them will be free of him for good. Armed with a gun, Dennis forces Jack to drive into the woods and to the edge of a railway track where he duly murders him as a train roars past and drowns out the gunshot sound. Before dying, Jack reveals the truth about Den Watts, that he is in fact alive. He begs Dennis that this "has to make a difference" in the hope that he will not shoot him, but Dennis goes ahead and shoots Dalton. Dalton's reign of terror is over.
Killed By: Dennis Rickman
Ordered the hit on Den Watts 1989 apparantly killing him
In the episode that Jack Dalton was shot dead, Episode 2551 (18th July 2003) he said he was 60 next week, meaning he was born in July 1943.