Ian McShane

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Ian McShane
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 (1977–1979)
ChildrenKate, Morgan
 
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This article is about the actor. For the Scottish professional footballer, see Ian McShane (footballer).
Ian McShane
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 (1977–1979)
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 BBC's Lovejoy[2] (1986–94) and HBO's 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.

Early life[edit]

McShane was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on 29 September 1942, the son of Irene (née Cowley) and footballer Harry McShane.[2][3][4] His father was Scottish and his mother, who was born in England, was of Irish and English descent.[5] McShane 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, 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.[6][7]

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, 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, 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."[8]

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.[9] In 2013, McShane played King Brahmwell in Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer.[10]

Since 2010, McShane has narrated the opening teases for each round of ESPN's coverage of The Open Championship.[11]

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.

Personal life[edit]

In 1977, McShane began a relationship with actress Sylvia Kristel after meeting her on the set of The Fifth Musketeer.[12] 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 CrookedRobinReleased as Gypsy Girl in the U.S.
1967Wuthering HeightsHeathcliff
1969If It's Tuesday, This Must Be BelgiumCharlie Cartwright
1969Battle of BritainSgt. Pilot Andy
1970Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love YouFred C. Dobbs
1970The Ballad of Tam-LinTom LynnReleased as The Devil's Widow in the U.S. (1972)
1971FreelanceMitchReleased as CON MAN in the U.S. (1992)
1971VillainWolfe Lissner
1972Left Hand of GeminiUnknown
1972Sitting TargetBirdy Williams
1973The Last of SheilaAnthony
1975RansomRay PetrieReleased as The Terrorists in the U.S.
1975Journey into FearBanat
1977Code Name: Diamond HeadSean Donovan
1978The PirateRashidTelevision movie
1979The Great Riviera Bank RobberyThe BrainAlternate U.S. title – Sewers of Gold
1979The Fifth MusketeerFouquet
1979Yesterday's HeroRod Turner
1981Cheaper to Keep HerDr. Alfred Sunshine
1983Grace KellyPrince Rainier of MonacoTelevision movie
1983ExposedGreg Miller
1985BrakerAlan RoswellTelevision movie
1985Ordeal by InnocencePhilip Durant
1985Too Scared to ScreamVincent Hardwick
1985TorchlightSidney
1987Grand LarcenyFlanagan
1990Perry MasonAndre MarchandTelevision movie
1999Babylon 5: The River of SoulsRobert Bryson, Ph.D.
2000Sexy BeastTeddy Bass
2002Bollywood QueenFrank
2003Agent Cody BanksDr. Brinkman
2003Nemesis GameJeff Novak
2005Nine LivesLarryNominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2006ScoopJoe Strombel
2006We Are MarshallPaul Griffen
2007Shrek the ThirdCaptain Hook
2007Hot RodFrank Powell
2007The SeekerMerriman Lyon
2007The Golden CompassRagnar Sturlusson
2008Kung Fu PandaTai LungNominated—Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
2008Death RaceCoach
2009CoralineMr. Bobinsky
2009Case 39Detective Mike Barron
200944 Inch ChestMeredithAlso executive producer
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2010Kung Fu Panda Holiday SpecialTai LungTelevision movie
2010The Sorcerer's ApprenticeNarratorUncredited
2011Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesBlackbeardNominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
2012Snow White & the HuntsmanBeith
2013Jack the Giant SlayerKing Brahmwell
2014Cuban FuryRon Parfait
2014HerculesTBA

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1966You Can't WinJoe Lunn7 episodes
1967Wuthering HeightsHeathcliff4 episodes
1975Space: 1999Anton ZorefEpisode: "Force of Life"
1977RootsSir Eric RussellEpisode: "Part Nine"
1977Jesus of NazarethJudas Iscariot2 episodes
1978Will ShakespeareChristopher MarloweEpisode: "Dead Shepherd"
1978DisraeliBenjamin Disraeli4 episodes
1980Armchair ThrillerCurtis4 episodes
1981Magnum, P.I.David NormanEpisode: "Skin Deep"
1982Magnum, P.I.Edwin ClutterbuckEpisode: "Black on White"
1982Marco PoloAli Ben Yussouf2 episodes
1983Bare EssenceNiko Theophilus11 episodes
1985EvergreenPaul Lerner3 episodes
1985A.D.Sejanus5 episodes
1986American PlayhouseWilly WaxEpisode: "Rocket to the Moon"
1986–1994LovejoyLovejoy73 episodes
1987Miami ViceEsteban MontoyaEpisode: "Knock, Knock... Who's There?"
1988War and RemembrancePhilip Rule8 episodes
1989DallasDon Lockwood13 episodes
1989MinderJack LastEpisode: "The Last Video Show"
1989Miami ViceGen. Manuel BordonEpisode: "Freefall"
1996MadsonJohn Madson6 episodes
1997The Naked TruthLeland Banks2 episodes
2002The West WingNikolai IvanovichEpisode: "Enemies Foreign and Domestic"
2002In DeepJamie Lamb2 episodes
2003TrustAlan Cooper-Fozzard6 episodes
2004–2006DeadwoodAl Swearengen36 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
2008SpongeBob SquarePantsGordonEpisode: "Dear Vikings"
2009KingsKing Silas Benjamin12 episodes
2010The Pillars of the EarthWaleran Bigod8 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
2012American Horror Story: AsylumLeigh Emerson2 episodes

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. ^ http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/treeview/tree_view.php?&&tree_id=2485
  6. ^ Billboard – Google Livros. Google Books. 22 November 1986. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Billboard – Google Livros. Google Books. 13 December 1986. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  8. ^ David, My David: Israel’s Most Charismatic King Comes to TV by Gordon Haber, 25 March 2009
  9. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: ‘Pirates 4’ Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Confirms Geoffrey Rush Return, Penelope Cruz As Blackbeard's Daughter » MTV Movies Blog". 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 2010 BRITISH OPEN THURSDAY
  12. ^ Ross, Deborah (30 June 2007). "Interview: Sylvia Kristel, the world's most famous porn star – Features, Film & TV – Independent.co.uk". The Independent (London). Archived from the original on 2011-11-20. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 

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