Ian McShane, December 2006
|Born||Ian David McShane
29 September 1942
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
|Education||Stretford Grammar School|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Suzan Farmer (1965–1968)
Ruth Post (1970–1976; 2 children)
Gwen Humble (1980–present)
|Partner(s)||Sylvia Kristel (1977–1979)|
Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is a British actor, director, producer and voice artist.
Despite appearing in numerous films, McShane is best known for his television roles, particularly the BBC's Lovejoy (1986–94) and HBO's Western drama series Deadwood (2004–06). 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 
McShane was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on 29 September 1942, the son of Irene (née Cowley) and Scottish footballer Harry McShane. 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.
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. 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.
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."
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 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.
Personal life 
In 1977, McShane began a two-year relationship with actress Sylvia Kristel 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. In 1980, he married actress Gwen Humble. They live in the Venice Beach community of Los Angeles.
|1962||The Wild and the Willing||Harry Brown|
|1965||The Pleasure Girls||Keith Dexter|
|1966||Sky West and Crooked||Robin (Roibin)||Released as Gypsy Girl in the U.S.|
|1969||If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium||Charlie Cartwright|
|Battle of Britain||Sgt. Pilot Andy|
|1970||Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You||Fred C. Dobbs|
|The Ballad of Tam-Lin||Tom Lynn||Released as The Devil's Widow in the U.S. (1972)|
|1971||Freelance||Mitch||Released as CON MAN in the U.S. (1992)|
|1972||Left Hand of Gemini|
|Sitting Target||Birdy Williams|
|1973||The Last of Sheila||Anthony|
|1975||Ransom||Ray Petrie||Released as The Terrorists in the U.S.|
|Journey into Fear||Banat|
|1977||Code Name: Diamond Head||Sean Donovan|
|1979||The Great Riviera Bank Robbery||The Brain||Alternate U.S. title – Sewers of Gold|
|The Fifth Musketeer||Fouquet|
|Yesterday's Hero||Rod Turner|
|1981||Cheaper to Keep Her||Dr. Alfred Sunshine|
|1985||Ordeal by Innocence||Philip Durant|
|Too Scared to Scream||Vincent Hardwick|
|1999||Babylon 5: The River of Souls||Robert Bryson, Ph.D.|
|2000||Sexy Beast||Teddy Bass|
|2003||Agent Cody Banks||Dr. Brinkman|
|Nemesis Game||Jeff Novak|
|2005||Nine Lives||Larry||Nominated - Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast|
|We Are Marshall||Paul Griffen|
|2007||Shrek the Third||voice of Captain Hook|
|Hot Rod||Frank Powell|
|The Seeker||Merriman Lyon|
|The Golden Compass||voice of Ragnar Sturlusson|
|2008||Kung Fu Panda||Tai Lung||Voice
Nominated - Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
|Case 39||Detective Mike Barron|
|44 Inch Chest||Meredith||Also executive producer
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
|2010||The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Narrator (uncredited)|
|2011||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||Blackbeard||Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Film: Villain|
|2012||Snow White & the Huntsman||Beith|
|2013||Jack the Giant Slayer||King Brahmwell|
|1975||Space: 1999||Anton Zoref|
|1977||Roots||Sir Eric Russell|
|Jesus of Nazareth||Judas Iscariot|
|1978||Will Shakespeare||Christopher Marlowe|
|1981–82||Magnum, P.I.||David Norman / Edwin Clutterbuck|
|1982||Marco Polo||Ali Ben Yussouf|
|1983||Grace Kelly||Prince Rainier of Monaco|
|1986–94||Lovejoy||Lovejoy||Also director of 4 episodes|
|1987||Miami Vice||Esteban Montoya / Gen. Manuel Borbon|
|1988||War and Remembrance||Philip Rule|
|2002||The West Wing||Russian Negotiator Nikolai Ivanovich||Episode: "Enemies Foreign and Domestic"|
|In Deep||Jamie Lamb||Episode: "Untouched"|
|2003||Trust||Agent Cody Banks as Dr. Brinkman|
|2004–06||Deadwood||Al Swearengen||Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2004)
TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2004), also nominated in 2005
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 - TV Land Award for Character You REALLY Don't Want to Make Angry (2008)
|2008||SpongeBob SquarePants||Gordon||Episode: "Dear Vikings"|
|2009||Kings||King Silas Benjamin|
|2010||The Pillars of the Earth||Waleran Bigod||Nominated - 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 Special||Tai Lung||Made for television
|2012||American Horror Story: Asylum||Leigh Emerson||Episodes: "Unholy Night"
"The Coat Hanger"
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- 2010 BRITISH OPEN THURSDAY
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Ian McShane|
- 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.