Ian McShane

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Ian McShane
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Ian McShane, December 2006
BornIan David McShane
(1942-09-29) 29 September 1942 (age 71)
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
NationalityBritish
EducationStretford Grammar School
OccupationActor, voice actor, director, producer
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Suzan Farmer (1965–1968)
Ruth Post (1970–1976; 2 children)
Gwen Humble (1980–present)
Partner(s)Sylvia Kristel (1977–1982)
ChildrenKate, Morgan
 
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Ian McShane
IAN-MCSHANE.jpg
Ian McShane, December 2006
BornIan David McShane
(1942-09-29) 29 September 1942 (age 71)
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
NationalityBritish
EducationStretford Grammar School
OccupationActor, voice actor, director, producer
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Suzan Farmer (1965–1968)
Ruth Post (1970–1976; 2 children)
Gwen Humble (1980–present)
Partner(s)Sylvia Kristel (1977–1982)
ChildrenKate, Morgan

Ian David McShane[1] (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor, director, producer and voice artist.

Despite appearing in numerous films, McShane is best known for his television roles, particularly the BBC's Lovejoy[2] (1986–94) and HBO's Western drama series Deadwood (2004–06).[3] McShane 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. He also appears in 2013's Jack the Giant Slayer.

Early life[edit]

McShane was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on 29 September 1942, the son of Irene (née Cowley) and Scottish footballer Harry McShane.[2][3][4] He grew up in Urmston, 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.[2]

Career[edit]

In the United Kingdom, McShane's best known role may be that of antiques dealer Lovejoy in the hit BBC drama series of the same name.[2][3] 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,[3] for which he won the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama.[2] He was also nominated for at the 2005 Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Within the science fiction community Ian McShane is best known for playing the character Robert Bryson, Ph.D. 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.[5][6]

Other recent roles include voicing the role of Captain Hook in Shrek the Third; of 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, the strange Russian neighbor 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, Raul 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."[7]

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, Disney confirmed that McShane would play Blackbeard in the fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides.[8] In 2013, McShane played King Brahmwell in Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer.[9]

Since 2010, McShane has narrated the opening teases for each round of ESPN's coverage of The Open Championship.[10]

In 2012, McShane had a guest role for two episodes as Leigh Emerson, a sadistic serial killer in the 1960s on American Horror Story: Asylum alongside Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto.

Personal life[edit]

In 1977, McShane began a five-year relationship with actress Sylvia Kristel after meeting her on the set of The Fifth Musketeer.[11] The affair ended his marriage to his second wife, the model Ruth Post, who is the mother of his two children, Kate and Morgan.[2] In 1980, he married actress Gwen Humble. They live in the Venice Beach community of Los Angeles.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1962The Wild and the WillingHarry Brown
1965The Pleasure GirlsKeith Dexter
1966Sky West and CrookedRobin (Roibin)Released as Gypsy Girl in the U.S.
1967Wuthering HeightsHeathcliff
1969If It's Tuesday, This Must Be BelgiumCharlie Cartwright
Battle of BritainSgt. Pilot Andy
1970Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love YouFred C. Dobbs
The Ballad of Tam-LinTom LynnReleased as The Devil's Widow in the U.S. (1972)
1971FreelanceMitchReleased as CON MAN in the U.S. (1992)
VillainWolfe Lissner
1972Left Hand of Gemini
Sitting TargetBirdy Williams
1973The Last of SheilaAnthony
1975RansomRay PetrieReleased as The Terrorists in the U.S.
Journey into FearBanat
1977Code Name: Diamond HeadSean Donovan
1979The Great Riviera Bank RobberyThe BrainAlternate U.S. title – Sewers of Gold
The Fifth MusketeerFouquet
Yesterday's HeroRod Turner
1981Cheaper to Keep HerDr. Alfred Sunshine
1983ExposedGreg Miller
1985Ordeal by InnocencePhilip Durant
Too Scared to ScreamVincent Hardwick
TorchlightSidney
1987Grand LarcenyFlanagan
1999Babylon 5: The River of SoulsRobert Bryson, Ph.D.
2000Sexy BeastTeddy Bass
2002Bollywood QueenFrank
2003Agent Cody BanksDr. Brinkman
Nemesis GameJeff Novak
2005Nine LivesLarryNominated - Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2006ScoopJoe Strombel
We Are MarshallPaul Griffen
2007Shrek the Thirdvoice of Captain Hook
Hot RodFrank Powell
The SeekerMerriman Lyon
The Golden Compassvoice of Ragnar Sturlusson
2008Kung Fu PandaTai LungVoice
Nominated - Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Death RaceCoach
2009CoralineMr. BobinskyVoice
Case 39Detective Mike Barron
44 Inch ChestMeredithAlso executive producer
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2010The Sorcerer's ApprenticeNarrator (uncredited)
2011Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesBlackbeardNominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Film: Villain
2012Snow White & the HuntsmanBeith
2013Jack the Giant SlayerKing Brahmwell
2014Cuban FuryTBA

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1975Space: 1999Anton Zoref
1977RootsSir Eric Russell
Jesus of NazarethJudas Iscariot
1978Will ShakespeareChristopher Marlowe
DisraeliBenjamin Disraeli
The PirateRashid
1981–82Magnum, P.I.David Norman / Edwin Clutterbuck
1982Marco PoloAli Ben Yussouf
1983Grace KellyPrince Rainier of Monaco
1985EvergreenPaul Lerner
A.D.Sejanus
1986–94LovejoyLovejoyAlso director of 4 episodes
1987Miami ViceEsteban Montoya / Gen. Manuel Borbon
1988War and RemembrancePhilip Rule
1989DallasDon Lockwood
MinderJack Last
1990Perry MasonAndre MarchandEpisode: The Case of the Desperate Deception.
2002The West WingRussian Negotiator Nikolai IvanovichEpisode: "Enemies Foreign and Domestic"
In DeepJamie LambEpisode: "Untouched"
2003TrustAlan Cooper-Fozzard
2003TrustAgent Cody Banks as Dr. Brinkman
2004–06DeadwoodAl SwearengenGolden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2004)
TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2004)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2005)
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2005)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2005)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2006)
Nominated - TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2005)
Nominated - TV Land Award for Character You REALLY Don't Want to Make Angry (2008)
2008SpongeBob SquarePantsGordonEpisode: "Dear Vikings"
2009KingsKing Silas Benjamin
2010The Pillars of the EarthWaleran BigodNominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated - Monte Carlo TV Festival: Golden Nymph for Mini-Series - Best Performance by an Actor
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Kung Fu Panda Holiday SpecialTai LungMade for television
Voice
2012American Horror Story: AsylumLeigh EmersonEpisodes: "Unholy Night"
"The Coat Hanger"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ian McShane, Esq's Biography". Debrett's. 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Gilbey, Ryan (16 March 2013). "Ian McShane: rogue trader". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 385. ISBN 1-84854-195-3. 
  4. ^ "Ian McShane Biography (1942–)". 
  5. ^ Billboard – Google Livros. Google Books. 22 November 1986. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Billboard – Google Livros. Google Books. 13 December 1986. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  7. ^ David, My David: Israel’s Most Charismatic King Comes to TV by Gordon Haber, 25 March 2009
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: ‘Pirates 4’ Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Confirms Geoffrey Rush Return, Penelope Cruz As Blackbeard's Daughter » MTV Movies Blog". 
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (21 March 2011). "Ian McShane Joins Bryan Singer's 'Jack the Giant Killer'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 22 March 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  10. ^ 2010 BRITISH OPEN THURSDAY
  11. ^ Ross, Deborah (30 June 2007). "Interview: Sylvia Kristel, the world's most famous porn star – Features, Film & TV – Independent.co.uk". The Independent (London). Retrieved 4 May 2010. 

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