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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 29, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Blackburn, England, GB Profession: actor

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British actor Ian McShane had a long, venerable career, though for most of it he remained unknown to American audiences, despite frequent appearances on television and in movies. One of his better known roles - as the smooth-talking criminal mastermind Teddy Bass in Jonathan Glazer's stylish crime thriller, "Sexy Beast" (2001) - allowed McShane a proper introduction. Though most of the accolades went to fellow Englishman Ben Kingsley for his scathing performance as the barking-mad bank robber Don Logan, McShane received his share of good notices for his portrayal of the sinister financier of a heist that eventually goes bad. But his most recognized and rewarded role came 42 years after his first onscreen performance. Playing the beguiling Al Swearengen, a cruel, calculating saloon owner on the acclaimed Western revival, "Deadwood" (HBO, 2003-06), McShane had the chance to play what the actor called "the best role I ever had," while finally making himself a household name.

British actor Ian McShane had a long, venerable career, though for most of it he remained unknown to American audiences, despite frequent appearances on television and in movies. One of his better known roles - as the smooth-talking criminal mastermind Teddy Bass in Jonathan Glazer's stylish crime thriller, "Sexy Beast" (2001) - allowed McShane a proper introduction. Though most of the accolades went to fellow Englishman Ben Kingsley for his scathing performance as the barking-mad bank robber Don Logan, McShane received his share of good notices for his portrayal of the sinister financier of a heist that eventually goes bad. But his most recognized and rewarded role came 42 years after his first onscreen performance. Playing the beguiling Al Swearengen, a cruel, calculating saloon owner on the acclaimed Western revival, "Deadwood" (HBO, 2003-06), McShane had the chance to play what the actor called "the best role I ever had," while finally making himself a household name.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Grimsby (2015)
3.
 Cuban Fury (2014)
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9.
 44 Inch Chest (2010)
10.
 Case 39 (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Manchester
1962:
Film debut, "The Wild and the Willing"; cast while still a student at RADA
1962:
London stage debut, "Infanticide in the House of Fred Ginger"
1965:
Toured the U.K. in Joe Orton's black comedy "Loot"
1965:
Played Tom in London revival of "The Glass Menagerie"
1966:
Landed first starring role in films opposite Hayley Mills in "Gypsy Girl"
1967:
Originated role of Marat in "The Promise"; reprised part on Broadway; co-starred with Judi Dench and Ian McKellen
1969:
Co-starred in comedy "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"
1973:
Acted in ensemble of comedy thriller "The Last of Sheila"
1977:
Cast in featured role in groundbreaking ABC miniseries "Roots"
1977:
Portrayed Judas Iscariot in NBC miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth"
1978:
Cast as Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe in "Life of Shakespeare"
1979:
Garnered praise for his performance in title role of biographical miniseries "Disraeli"
1979:
Acted in a California staging of "As You Like It"
1982:
Appeared opposite Lee Remick in ABC remake of "The Letter"
1983:
Played regular role of Greek millionaire Niko Theophilus on NBC primetime serial "Bare Essence"
1983:
Played Prince Rainier in ABC biopic "Grace Kelly"
1985:
Co-starred in NBC miniseries "A.D."
1985:
Last stage role for more than a decade, "Inadmissible Evidence"
1986:
Played title role as an antiques dealer who solves mysteries on British series "Lovejoy" (BBC); also produced through his production company McShane Productions
1987:
Last feature for five years, "Grand Larceny"
1988:
Featured in ABC miniseries "War and Remembrance"
1989:
Joined cast of CBS primetime serial "Dallas" as screenwriter Don Lockwood
1989:
Starred as David Cleveland, a freelance investigator in a series of TV movies adapted from mystery novels by Dick Francis
1991:
Reprised "Lovejoy" in second set of episodes (aired in the U.S. on A&E)
1992:
Made one-shot return to movies in "Con Man"
1996:
Played title role on British TV series "Madson"
1997:
Returned to British stage in "The Admirable Crichton" at Chichester Festival
1998:
Acted onstage in L.A. in "The Yield of the Long Bond"
2000:
Returned to West End to make musical debut as Darryl Van Horne in "The Witches of Eastwick"
2001:
Featured in the Jonathan Glazer¿s critically acclaimed indie "Sexy Beast"
2004:
Portrayed historical figure Al Swearengen on HBO series "Deadwood"; received Emmy (2005) and SAG (2006) nominations for Best Actor
2005:
Joined Rodrigo García's ensemble "Nine Lives," a series of vignettes offering glimpses into the lives of nine women
2006:
Played a dead journalist in Woody Allen's "Scoop"
2006:
Co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in sports drama "We Are Marshall," directed by McG
2007:
Voiced Captain Hook in "Shrek the Third"
2007:
Voiced Ragnar Sturlsson in feature adaptation "The Golden Compass"
2008:
Lent voice to animated feature "Kung Fu Panda"
2008:
Co-starred in Paul W.S. Anderson's remake of 1975 film "Death Race"
2008:
Received rave reviews for Daniel Sullivan¿s Broadway revival of Harold Pinter¿s "The Homecoming"
2009:
Starred on short-lived NBC drama series "Kings"
2010:
Co-starred with Renée Zellweger in thriller "Case 39"
2010:
Starred in "The Pillars of the Earth," an eight-part miniseries adapted from Ken Follett's novel
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("The Pillars of the Earth")
2011:
Portrayed Blackbeard, pirate captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"
2012:
Cast as one of the eight dwarfs in "Snow White and the Huntsman" opposite Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron
2012:
Played a murderous Santa Claus in FX miniseries "American Horror Story: Asylum"
2013:
Cast as King Brahmwell in action fantasy film "Jack the Giant Slayer"
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Education

Stretford Grammar School: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

"[U]p until the middle of the 1980's, I wasn't that bothered about the career, as long as I was making money and have a great time. And I did have a great f***ing time. There are some jobs that I don't even remember doing, in the blizzard of alcohol and drugs."---McShane to The Sunday Herald, September 19, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Suzanne Farmer. Actor. Married in 1965; divorced in 1968.
wife:
Ruth Post. Second wife; mother of his two oldest children; divorced in 1976.
wife:
Gwen Humble. Actor. Married in August 1980.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Harry McShane. Professional football player. Played for Manchester United.
mother:
Irene McShane.
daughter:
Kate McShane. Born in 1971.
child:
Morgan McShane. Born in 1975.
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