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June 25, 1955 |
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Michael "Mike" McShane (born June 25, 1955) is an American actor, singer, and improvisational comedian. He appeared in the early 1990s on the original British television show Whose Line Is It Anyway?. He voiced Marlon, Caracticus P. Doom and various other characters in Cosgrove Hall's Avenger Penguins.
McShane was born and adopted in Hancock, Michigan, and raised in Roeland Park, Kansas. He attended San Francisco State University and performed with Faultline Theatre and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival as well as American Conservatory Theatre and the Eureka Theatre. McShane is also an alumnus of Los Angeles Theatresports.
McShane gained exposure in the early 1990s from semi-regular appearances on the British show Whose Line Is It Anyway?. He later appeared with fellow Whose Line players Tony Slattery in the comedy sketch show S&M and Sandi Toksvig in the sitcom The Big One.
Other TV roles include a guest appearance on Seinfeld as Kramer's nemesis Franklin Delano Romanowski (FDR). McShane played Friar Tuck in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves in 1991, had a small role as a doomed hypnotherapist in the 1999 film Office Space, and played the friendly scientist, Professor Keenbean, in the 1994 movie Ri¢hie Ri¢h. In 1998 he appeared in an episode of Frasier as Frank, the manager of the Shangri-La apartments. He also co-starred with Sir John Gielgud, Emily Watson and Rosemary Harris in "A Summer's Day Dream" for BBC "Performance" series.
In 1995, McShane starred as Harley in the BBC Screen Two TV Movie Crazy For A Kiss, about a young boy who is sent to a mental institution for teenagers in McShan'e home state of Kansas. McShane appeared in Tom and Huck as Muff Potter and on Brotherly Love as the experienced but wisecracking mechanic, Lloyd.
McShane provided voice work for the anime Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, as D's sarcastic possessed left hand. He also provided the voice of Detective Twitch in the HBO animated series Spawn. Other voice work by McShane includes the characters of Tuck and Roll, the twin pill bugs in A Bug's Life and the video game of the same name in 1998. He also provided the voice of Shalulu in Disney's redub of Castle in the Sky, and Baron Rakan Harkonnen in the 2001 strategy game Emperor: Battle for Dune. He provided the voice for Cid in the video games Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2.
He also voiced Rabbit's dastardly neighbor Wolf in Granada Television's Don't Eat the Neighbours, Thunderpig, several characters in Clerks: The Animated Series, Hands in the Disney film Treasure Planet, a Mountain Man in King of the Hill, Quozmir in Dave the Barbarian and Rumpelstiltskin in Happily N'Ever After. He also narrated several episodes of Animated Tales of the World.
In 2003, McShane underwent gastric bypass surgery, losing a significant amount of weight. In 2005 he made an appearance as Dr. Phelps in Malcolm in the Middle. In 2006 he was in a production of Talk Radio directed by Stewart Lee, with Stephen K. Amos, Phil Nichol. It was the first dramatic production in the Udderbelly, a performing space housed in a giant, inverted purple cow.
McShane appeared as the voice of Audrey II (as well as playing a number of peripheral characters) in the London revival of Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark between December 2006 and February 2007. The show was a critical success and was sold out for the duration of its run, and Mike had been contracted to continue in the role following the show's transfer to the West End at the Duke of York theatre. In September 2007 he took part in the British Library's celebration of Jack Kerouac, reading excerpts from On The Road on the 50th Anniversary of its publication.
In 2008, McShane appeared as a guest performer in Paul Merton's Impro Chums, a live improv show, and was asked to join the permanent company for three UK tours, and is still ongoing with the group. and as Dr. Vaabit in episode 5 of BBC's sitcom Lab Rats, and has appeared twice on the BBC radio programme Just a Minute.
In 2012, Mike wrote and starred in, alongside Suki Webster, a play called "Mon Droit" based on the incident of the discovery of a body in St. James Park in London. The deceased was an American with a psychological condition known as De Clerambault's Syndrome, and believed he was receiving messages from Queen Elizabeth the Second to come and be her paramour. It was received favorably, and Mike was nominated for Best Actor by The Stage magazine.
In September 2012, McShane appeared as the character Grayle in the television series Doctor Who in the series 7 episode "The Angels Take Manhattan". In November 2012, Mike starred as a CIA military consultant in BBC Three comedy series "Bluestone 42". In February 2013, Mike created the role of Louis B. Mayer in the new musical "The Tailor Made Man" at The Arts Theatre in London's West End, garnering rave reviews.
On May 17, 2013, Radio 5 Live's breakfast show accidentally announced Mike McShane had died. This was following the death of Paul Shane on May 16, 2013. A retraction was issued. In 2014, he was in the horror comedy film Love in the Time of Monsters.
As of November 2014, McShane is appearing in the Sondheim musical Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory, scheduled to run through March 2015.