McShane in December 2006
|Born||Ian David McShane
29 September 1942
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
|Residence||Venice Beach, California, United States|
|Other names||Ian Mcshane|
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Occupation||Actor, voice artist|
|Spouse(s)||Suzan Farmer (m. 1965; div. 1968)
Ruth Post (m. 1970; div. 1976)
Gwen Humble (m. 1980)
|Children||Henry McShane, Jessica McShane, Oran McShane|
|Parent(s)||Harry McShane (father)|
Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor and voice artist. He is known for his television roles, particularly the title role in Lovejoy (1986–1994), Al Swearengen in Deadwood (2004–2006), Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Winston in John Wick. He is set to portray Mr. Wednesday in the upcoming Starz series American Gods.
McShane was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, the son of Irene (née Cowley; b. 1921) and Scottish footballer Harry McShane (1920–2012). His father was Scottish and his mother, who was born in England, was of Irish and English descent. McShane grew up in Davyhulme, Manchester, 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. McShane was a member of the National Youth Theatre.
In the United Kingdom, McShane's best known role may be antiques dealer Lovejoy in the series of the same name. He also enjoyed fame in the United States as British film director Don Lockwood in Dallas and as a British cockfighting aficionado in 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. Within the science fiction community, McShane is best known for playing the character Dr Robert Bryson 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.
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 in Coraline. In live-action, he has performed in Hot Rod, the action/thriller Death Race, and The Seeker. He has appeared in 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 – 13 April 2008).
In 2009, McShane appeared in 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."
Also in 2010, the Walt Disney Company confirmed that McShane would portray 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.
Since 2010, McShane has narrated the opening teases for each round of ESPN's coverage of The Open Championship. 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. In 2016, he joined the cast of Game of Thrones in Season 6 as Ray.
McShane married and divorced Suzan Farmer in the 1960s. In 1977, he began a relationship with Sylvia Kristel after meeting her on the set of The Fifth Musketeer. The affair ended his marriage to his second wife, model Ruth Post, with whom he had two children, Kate and Morgan.
|1962||The Wild and the Willing||Harry Brown|
|1965||The Pleasure Girls||Keith Dexter|
|1966||Sky West and Crooked||Roibin|
|1969||If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium||Charlie Cartwright|
|1969||Battle of Britain||Sgt. Pilot Andy|
|1970||Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You||Fred C. Dobbs|
|1972||Left Hand of Gemini||Unknown|
|1972||Sitting Target||Birdy Williams|
|1973||The Last of Sheila||Anthony|
|1975||Journey into Fear||Banat|
|1977||Code Name: Diamond Head||Sean Donovan|
|1979||The Great Riviera Bank Robbery||The Brain|
|1979||The Fifth Musketeer||Fouquet|
|1979||Yesterday's Hero||Rod Turner|
|1981||Cheaper to Keep Her||Dr. Alfred Sunshine|
|1985||Ordeal by Innocence||Philip Durant|
|1985||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|
|2003||Nemesis Game||Jeff Novak|
|2006||We Are Marshall||Paul Griffen|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Captain Hook||Voice|
|2007||Hot Rod||Frank Powell|
|2007||The Seeker||Merriman Lyon|
|2007||The Golden Compass||Ragnar Sturlusson|
|2008||Kung Fu Panda||Tai Lung||Voice|
|2009||Case 39||Detective Mike Barron|
|2009||44 Inch Chest||Meredith||Also executive producer|
|2010||The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Narrator||Uncredited|
|2011||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||Blackbeard|
|2012||Snow White and the Huntsman||Beith|
|2013||Jack the Giant Slayer||King Brahmwell|
|2014||Cuban Fury||Ron Parfitt|
|2014||El Niño||El Inglés|
|2016||The Hollow Point||Leland|
|2017||John Wick: Chapter 2||Winston|
|1964||Spanner in the Grass Works||Frank Barnes|
|1966||You Can't Win||Joe Lunn||7 episodes|
|1967||Wuthering Heights||Heathcliff||4 episodes|
|1972||Whose Life Is It Anyway?||Ken Harrison||Television play|
|1975||Space: 1999||Anton Zoref||Episode: "Force of Life"|
|1975||The Lives of Jenny Dolan||Saunders||Television film|
|1976||The Fantastic Journey||Sir James Camden||Episode: "The Fantastic Journey"|
|1977||Roots||Sir Eric Russell||Episode: "Part Nine"|
|1977||Jesus of Nazareth||Judas Iscariot||2 episodes|
|1978||Will Shakespeare||Christopher Marlowe||Episode: "Dead Shepherd"|
|1978||Disraeli||Benjamin Disraeli||4 episodes|
|1978||The Pirate||Rashid||Television film|
|1980||Armchair Thriller||Curtis||4 episodes|
|1981–1982||Magnum, P.I.||David Norman / Edwin Clutterbuck||2 episodes|
|1982||Marco Polo||Ali Ben Yussouf||2 episodes|
|1983||Bare Essence||Niko Theophilus||11 episodes|
|1983||Grace Kelly||Prince Rainier of Monaco||Television film|
|1985||Evergreen||Paul Lerner||3 episodes|
|1985||Braker||Alan Roswell||Television film|
|1986||American Playhouse||Willy Wax||Episode: "Rocket to the Moon"|
|1987||Miami Vice||Esteban Montoya||Episode: "Knock, Knock... Who's There?"|
|1988||War and Remembrance||Philip Rule||8 episodes|
|1989||Dallas||Don Lockwood||13 episodes|
|1989||Minder||Jack Last||Episode: "The Last Video Show"|
|1989||Miami Vice||Gen. Manuel Borbon||Episode: "Freefall"|
|1989||Dick Francis Mysteries: Blood Sport||David Cleveland||Television film|
|1989||Dick Francis Mysteries: Twice Shy||David Cleveland||Television film|
|1990||Perry Mason||Andre Marchand||Television film|
|1990||Columbo||Leland St. John||Episode: "Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo"|
|1996||Madson||John Madson||6 episodes|
|1997||The Naked Truth||Leland Banks||2 episodes|
|2002||The West Wing||Nikolai Ivanovich||Episode: "Enemies Foreign and Domestic"|
|2002||In Deep||Jamie Lamb||2 episodes|
|2003||Trust||Alan Cooper-Fozzard||6 episodes|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Dr. Chandler||Episode: "Cold Fusion"|
|2004–2006||Deadwood||Al Swearengen||36 episodes|
Episode: "Dear Vikings"
|2009||Kings||King Silas Benjamin||12 episodes|
|2010||The Pillars of the Earth||Waleran Bigod||8 episodes|
|2010||Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special||Tai Lung||Voice
|2012||American Horror Story: Asylum||Leigh Emerson||2 episodes|
|2015||Ray Donovan||Andrew Finney||9 episodes|
|2016||Doctor Thorne||Sir Roger Scatcherd||3 episodes|
|2016||Game of Thrones||Ray||Episode: "The Broken Man"|
|2017||American Gods||Mr. Wednesday||Upcoming series|
Awards and nominations
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- Gilbey, Ryan (16 March 2013). "Ian McShane: rogue trader". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 385. ISBN 1-84854-195-3.
- "Ian McShane Biography (1942–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
- "Start building your family tree today". Thegenealogist.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-01-13.
- "Babylon 5: The River Of Souls". scifimusings.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Billboard – Google Livros. Google Books. 22 November 1986. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- Billboard – Google Livros. Google Books. 13 December 1986. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- Ebert, Roger. "The Golden Compass Movie Review (2007) | Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- "Kung Fu Panda - Ian McShane Interview". movieweb.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- "Coraline - Ian McShane Interview". movieweb.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- "Ian McShane Joins The Cast Of Hot Rod". movieweb.com. 18 June 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Hewitt, Chris. "Ian McShane Enters The Death Race". Empire. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- "Interview: Ian McShane, Star of 'The Seeker: The Dark is Rising'". AOL Moviefone. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- "35 People You Might Not Realize Appeared on 'The West Wing'". mentalfloss.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- "The Homecoming @ Cort Theatre | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
- David, My David: Israel's Most Charismatic King Comes to TV by Gordon Haber, 25 March 2009.
- MacInnes, Paul (2010-10-16). "The Pillars of the Earth: episode one". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
- "EXCLUSIVE: 'Pirates 4' Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Confirms Geoffrey Rush Return, Penelope Cruz As Blackbeard's Daughter » MTV Movies Blog".
- 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.
- on YouTube
- Mitovich, Matt Webb; Mitovich, Matt Webb (10 October 2012). "Horror Story Taps Deadwood's Ian McShane to 'Tussle' With Jessica Lange". TVLine. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- "Ian McShane cast in Game of Thrones season 6". Watchers On The Wall. 1 August 2015.
- "Ian McShane Has No Regrets About Spoiling Game of Thrones". Vulture.com. 24 July 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Ross, Deborah (30 June 2007). "Interview: Sylvia Kristel, the world's most famous porn star". The Independent. London, UK. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "'Deadwood' Star Ian McShane Joins Showtime's 'Ray Donovan'". thewrap.com. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Heritage, Stuart (7 March 2016). "Ian McShane: why he'll always be an antiques dealer with a mullet". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- "Ian McShane to Star in 'American Gods' for Starz". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Montgomery, Daniel (September 7, 2016). "Gold Derby TV Awards 2016: 'People v. O.J. Simpson' leads winners, 'Game of Thrones' & 'Veep' also prevail". Gold Derby. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
|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.