Patrick Macnee


Actor

About

Also Known As
Daniel Patrick Macnee
Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
February 06, 1922
Died
June 25, 2015

Biography

This English actor is perhaps best known as the elegantly witty, bowler-hatted and rather dandified secret agent John Steed in the swinging 1960s TV series "The Avengers" (1960-65 in the UK; 1966-69 in the USA), a role he briefly reprised in the late 70s on CBS' "The New Avengers" (1978-80).Macnee began his career on stage in the early days of World War II, appearing in a production of "...

Family & Companions

Barbara Douglas
Wife
Married in November 1942; divorced in 1956.
Kate Woodville
Wife
Actor. Married in 1965; divorced in 1969.
Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye
Wife
Married in February 1988.

Bibliography

"The Avengers and Me"
Patrick Macnee and Dave Rogers, HarperCollins (1998)
"Blind In One Ear: The Avenger Returns"
Patrick Mcnee and Marie Cameron, Harrap (1988)

Biography

This English actor is perhaps best known as the elegantly witty, bowler-hatted and rather dandified secret agent John Steed in the swinging 1960s TV series "The Avengers" (1960-65 in the UK; 1966-69 in the USA), a role he briefly reprised in the late 70s on CBS' "The New Avengers" (1978-80).

Macnee began his career on stage in the early days of World War II, appearing in a production of "When We Are Married" in the provinces of his native England in 1940. A year later, he made his London debut as Laurie, the stalwart young male lead, in "Little Women." He toured with "Little Women" until called to military service in the navy from 1942-44. After the war, he broke into features with a small part in "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" (1945). Macnee joined David Niven in "The Elusive Pimpernel" (1950) and continued with decidedly supporting roles in films. He was Young Marley in the 1951 version of "A Christmas Carol," starring Alastair Sim, and was on board with Anthony Quayle chasing the German Navy during WWII in "Pursuit of the Graf Spee" (1957). By the 60s, Macnee's film career, which never reached the star grade, had petered out, although he would return to the big screen in character roles later on, notably as a teaching physician in "Young Doctors in Love" (1982) and as the record company owner in "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984). He continued working occasionally until his retirement early in the 21st century, and died in his adopted home of California on June 25, 2015 at the age of 93.

Macnee found real success on the small screen, After debuting as Laertes in a 1947 BBC production of "Hamlet," he went on to frequent appearances on American TV in the anthology series so prevalent during that era. Macnee was a particular favorite of Alfred Hitchcock, who employed the actor in several episodes of CBS' "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." But it was back in Britain that the actor found his signature role, John Steed. Macnee was first teamed with a male partner (played by Ian Hendrey) before being joined by a string of females: Catherine Gale (Honor Blackman), Mrs. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) and Tara King (Linda Thorson). The show proved to be an international success with a cult following that continues to today.

Macnee made his Broadway debut as the star of Anthony Shaffer's mystery "Sleuth" (1972) and subsequently headlined the national tour. He continued to appear in TV-movies and miniseries, including as a charming con man in "Mr. Jericho" (ABC, 1970) and as Dr. Watson in NBC's "Sherlock Holmes in New York" (1976), a role he later reprised in two syndicated TV-movies in 1992. He briefly reprised his most famous role, now teamed with Joanna Lumley in "The New Avengers" (1976 in the UK, CBS, 1978-79 in the USA). From 1981-82, he starred in the Australian series "For the Term of His Natural Life," then returned to the USA for several failed attempts: "Gavilan" (NBC, 1982), "Empire" (CBS, 1984) and "Lime Street" (ABC, 1985). During this period, he co-starred in longtime friend Roger Moore's final film as James Bond, "A View to a Kill" (1985). Macnee also found work in several low-budget horror films, including "Waxwork" (1988), as the wheelchair-bound Sir Wilfred out to save the world, and its sequel, "Waxwork II: Lost in Time," released direct-to-video in 1992. Later in the decade, Macnee made a cameo appearance in the feature version of "The Avengers" (1998) with Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman. His final screen role came in the science fiction comedy "The Low Budget Time Machine" (2003). Patrick Macnee died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, on June 25, 2015. He was 93.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Avengers (1998)
Voice Of Invisible Jones
Thunder in Paradise (1993)
Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)
L'Oeil de la Veuve (1991)
Sorry, Wrong Number (1989)
Lobster Man From Mars (1989)
The Masque of the Red Death (1989)
Machiavel
The Return of Sam McCloud (1989)
Waxwork (1988)
Sir Wilfred
The Chill Factor (1988)
Transformations (1988)
Shadey (1987)
Sir Cyril Landau
Club Med (1986)
Gilbert Anthony Paige
For the Term of His Natural Life (1985)
A View To A Kill (1985)
Sir Godfrey Tibbett
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Sir Denis Eton-Hogg
The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1983)
Sir John Raleigh
Hot Touch (1982)
Rehearsal For Murder (1982)
Young Doctors In Love (1982)
The Creature Wasn't Nice (1981)
Stark
Sweet Sixteen (1981)
John Morgan
The Howling (1981)
The Sea Wolves (1980)
Stunt Seven (1979)
The Billion Dollar Threat (1979)
King Solomon's Treasure (1978)
Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976)
Dr John H Watson
Matt Helm (1975)
Les Girls (1957)
Sir Percy
Until They Sail (1957)
Pvt. Duff
Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1957)
Lt Cmdr Medley, Commodore Harwood'S Aide
Three Cases of Murder (1955)
Guard subaltern
The Fighting Pimpernel (1954)
Hon. John Bristow
A Christmas Carol (1951)
Young Marley

Cast (Special)

Patrick MacNee's Ghost Stories (2003)
Hollywood Spies on Spies (1999)
Narrator
Christmas in Hollywood (1998)
The Search For Haunted Hollywood (1989)
The 1986 Miss Universe Pageant (1986)
Judge
Comedy of Horrors (1981)
The Host
The New Avengers (1978)
Caesar and Cleopatra (1956)
Lucius

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1992)
Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (1992)
Super Force (1990)
Around the World in 80 Days (1989)
Blood Sport (1989)
Twice Shy (1989)
Evening in Byzantium (1978)

Life Events

1940

Stage acting debut in "When We Are Married"

1941

Made London debut playing Laurie in version of "Little Women"; also toured with show

1945

Feature film debut as an extra in The Archers' "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp"

1947

TV debut playing Laertes in BBC production of "Hamlet"

1956

Had early appearance on US TV with guest spot on "Star Tonight" (ABC)

1961

Played secret agent John Steed in the TV series "The Avengers" (broadcast in the USA on ABC from 1966-1969)

1970

TV-movie debut, "Mister Jerico" (ABC)

1972

Broadway debut, "Sleuth"; later toured USA

1978

Appeared in the syndicated miniseries "Evening in Byzantium"

1984

Was regular on the CBS series "Empire"

1985

Hosted the anthological "Tales From the Darkside" feature film

1985

Cast as Sir Geoffrey on the short-lived ABC series "Lime Street"

1992

Played Dr. Watson in two "Sherlock Holmes" syndicated telefeatures

1998

Made cameo appearance in the big screen version of "The Avengers"

2003

Made final screen appearence in Kathe Duba-Barnett's "The Low Budget Time Machine"

Family

Daniel Macnee
Father
Horse trainer.
Dorothea Mary Macnee
Mother
Rupert Macnee
Son
Mother, Barbara Douglas.
Jenny Macnee
Daughter
Mother, Barbara Douglas.

Companions

Barbara Douglas
Wife
Married in November 1942; divorced in 1956.
Kate Woodville
Wife
Actor. Married in 1965; divorced in 1969.
Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye
Wife
Married in February 1988.

Bibliography

"The Avengers and Me"
Patrick Macnee and Dave Rogers, HarperCollins (1998)
"Blind In One Ear: The Avenger Returns"
Patrick Mcnee and Marie Cameron, Harrap (1988)