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McShane in 2006.
29 September 1942 |
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Suzan Farmer (m. 1965; div. 1968)
Ruth Post (m. 1970; div. 1976)
Gwen Humble (m. 1980)
|Partner(s)||Sylvia Kristel (1977–1979)|
Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is a British actor, voice actor, director, and producer. Despite appearing in numerous films, he is best known for his television roles, particularly BBC's Lovejoy (1986–1994), HBO's drama series Deadwood (2004–2006) and Game of Thrones (2016). He also starred as King Silas Benjamin in the NBC series Kings, Bishop Waleran in The Pillars of the Earth, Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda, and as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
McShane was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on 29 September 1942, the son of Irene (née Cowley) (b. 1921) and footballer Harry McShane (1920–2012). His father was Scottish and his mother, who was born in England, was of Irish and English descent. McShane grew up in Davyhulme, Lancashire, and attended Stretford Grammar School. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was still a student there when he appeared in his first film, 1962's The Wild and the Willing. McShane was a member of National Youth Theatre.
In Great Britain, McShane's best known role may be that of antiques dealer Lovejoy in the hit BBC drama series of the same name. He also enjoyed fame in the United States as English cad Don Lockwood in the soap opera Dallas and as an English cockfighting aficionado in the miniseries Roots. Even before Lovejoy, McShane was a pin-up as a result of appearances in television series such as Wuthering Heights (1967, as Heathcliff), If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969, as Charlie), Jesus of Nazareth (1977, as Judas Iscariot), and Disraeli (1978)—as well as films like Sky West and Crooked (1965) and Battle of Britain (1969).
In the United States, he is perhaps best known for the role of historical figure Al Swearengen in the HBO series Deadwood, for which he won the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama. He was also nominated for at the 2005 Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Within the science fiction community, McShane is best known for playing the character Dr Robert Bryson in Babylon 5: The River of Souls. In 1985, he appeared as an iconic MC on Grace Jones' Slave to the Rhythm, a concept album which featured his narration interspersed throughout, and which sold over a million copies worldwide.
Other recent roles include Captain Hook in Shrek the Third, Iofur Raknison (known as Ragnar Sturlusson in the film) in The Golden Compass, Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda (for which he received an Annie Award nomination), and Mr. Bobinsky in Coraline. In live-action, he has performed in the comedy Hot Rod, the action/thriller Death Race, and The Seeker. He has appeared on the NBC television drama series The West Wing as a Russian diplomat. During 2007–08, he starred as Max in the 40th anniversary Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, co-starring Eve Best, Raúl Esparza and Michael McKean, and directed by Daniel Sullivan, at the Cort Theatre (16 December 2007 to 13 April 2008).
In 2009, McShane appeared on the short-lived NBC television drama series Kings, which was based on the biblical story of David. His portrayal of King Silas Benjamin, an analogue of King Saul, was highly praised, with one critic saying, "Whenever Kings seems to falter, McShane appears to put bite marks all over the scenery."
In 2010, McShane starred in the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth as Bishop Waleran Bigod. The series was a historical drama set in 12th century England and adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name.
Also in 2010, the Walt Disney Company confirmed that McShane would play Blackbeard in the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides. In 2013, McShane played King Brahmwell in Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer.
Since 2010, McShane has narrated the opening teases for each round of ESPN's coverage of The Open Championship. In 2012, McShane had a guest role for two episodes as Murder Santa, a sadistic serial killer in the 1960s in the second season of American Horror Story, alongside Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto. In 2016 he will join the cast of the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 6.
McShane has been married three times: he first married and divorced Suzanne Farmer in the 1960s. In 1977, McShane began a relationship with actress Sylvia Kristel (star of the sex film Emmanuelle) after meeting her on the set of The Fifth Musketeer. The affair ended his marriage to his second wife, the model Ruth Post, who is the mother of his two children, Kate and Morgan.
On 30 August 1980, McShane married American actress Gwen Humble (born 4 December 1953), whose credits include the Buccaneers, Barnaby Jones, CHiPs, The Greatest American Hero, Three's Company, Remington Steele, Absolutely Fabulous, Lovejoy, The Rebels, and JAG. They live in the Venice Beach community of Los Angeles.
|1966||You Can't Win||Joe Lunn||7 episodes|
|1967||Wuthering Heights||Heathcliff||4 episodes|
|1975||Space: 1999||Anton Zoref||Episode: "Force of Life"|
|1975||The Lives of Jenny Dolan||Saunders||Television film|
|1976||The Fantastic Journey||Sir James Camden||Episode: "The Fantastic Journey" (Pilot Film)|
|1977||Roots||Sir Eric Russell||Episode: "Part Nine"|
|1977||Jesus of Nazareth||Judas Iscariot||2 episodes|
|1978||Will Shakespeare||Christopher Marlowe||Episode: "Dead Shepherd"|
|1978||Disraeli||Benjamin Disraeli||4 episodes|
|1978||The Pirate||Rashid||Television film|
|1980||Armchair Thriller||Curtis||4 episodes|
|1981–1982||Magnum, P.I.||David Norman / Edwin Clutterbuck||2 episodes|
|1982||Marco Polo||Ali Ben Yussouf||2 episodes|
|1983||Bare Essence||Niko Theophilus||11 episodes|
|1983||Grace Kelly||Prince Rainier of Monaco||Television film|
|1985||Evergreen||Paul Lerner||3 episodes|
|1985||Braker||Alan Roswell||Television film|
|1986||American Playhouse||Willy Wax||Episode: "Rocket to the Moon"|
|1987||Miami Vice||Esteban Montoya||Episode: "Knock, Knock... Who's There?"|
|1988||War and Remembrance||Philip Rule||8 episodes|
|1989||Dallas||Don Lockwood||13 episodes|
|1989||Minder||Jack Last||Episode: "The Last Video Show"|
|1989||Miami Vice||Gen. Manuel Borbon||Episode: "Freefall"|
|1989||Dick Francis Mysteries - Blood Sport||David Cleveland||Television film|
|1989||Dick Francis Mysteries - Twice Shy||David Cleveland||Television film|
|1990||Perry Mason||Andre Marchand||Television film|
|1990||Columbo||Leland St. John||Episode: "Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo"|
|1996||Madson||John Madson||6 episodes|
|1997||The Naked Truth||Leland Banks||2 episodes|
|2002||The West Wing||Nikolai Ivanovich||Episode: "Enemies Foreign and Domestic"|
|2002||In Deep||Jamie Lamb||2 episodes|
|2003||Trust||Alan Cooper-Fozzard||6 episodes|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Dr. Chandler||Episode: "Cold Fusion"|
|2004–2006||Deadwood||Al Swearengen||36 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
Episode: "Dear Vikings"
|2009||Kings||King Silas Benjamin||12 episodes|
|2010||The Pillars of the Earth||Waleran Bigod||8 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|2010||Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special||Tai Lung||Voice
|2012||American Horror Story: Asylum||Leigh Emerson||2 episodes|
|2015||Ray Donovan||Andrew Finney||7 episodes|
|2016||Game of Thrones|
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- Ian McShane at the Internet Movie Database
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- Ian McShane at the Internet Movie Database
- Ian McShane at the Internet Broadway Database
- "A Conversation with Actor Ian McShane" (Max) – The Charlie Rose Show, PBS, broadcast of 24 March 2008. Accessed 25 March 2008. ("A conversation with actor Ian McShane about his role in the 40th Anniversary Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming.")
- The Homecoming on Broadway – Official site of the 40th anniversary Broadway revival at the Cort Theatre. Accessed 25 March 2008.