Patrick Magee (actor)
Patrick George McGee|
31 March 1922
Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK
14 August 1982 (aged 60)|
Fulham, London, England, UK
|Occupation||Actor and director|
|Spouse(s)||Belle Sherry (1958–1982; his death); 2 children|
Patrick George McGee (31 March 1922 – 14 August 1982), known professionally as Patrick Magee, was a Northern Irish actor and director of stage and screen. He was known for his collaborations with Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter, as well as creating the role of the Marquis de Sade in the original stage and screen productions of Marat/Sade. He also appeared in numerous horror films and in two Stanley Kubrick films, A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon.
His first stage experience in Ireland was with Anew McMaster's touring company, performing the works of Shakespeare. It was here that he first worked with Pinter. He was then brought to London by Tyrone Guthrie for a series of Irish plays. He met Beckett in 1957 and soon recorded passages from the novel, Molloy, and the short story, From an Abandoned Work, for BBC radio. Impressed by "the cracked quality of Magee's distinctly Irish voice," Beckett requested copies of the tapes and wrote Krapp's Last Tape especially for the actor. First produced at the Royal Court Theatre in London on 28 October 1958, the play starred Magee directed by Donald McWhinnie. A televised version with Magee directed by McWhinnie was later broadcast by BBC2 on 29 November 1972. Beckett's biographer Anthony Cronin wrote that "there was a sense in which, as an actor, he had been waiting for Beckett as Beckett had been waiting for him."
In 1964, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, after Pinter, directing his own play The Birthday Party, specifically requested him for the role of McCann, and stated he was the strongest in the cast. In 1965 he appeared in Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade, and when the play transferred to Broadway he won a Tony Award. He also appeared in the 1966 RSC production of Staircase opposite Paul Scofield.
Early film roles included Joseph Losey's The Criminal (1960) and The Servant (1963), the latter an adaptation scripted by Pinter. He also appeared as Surgeon-Major Reynolds in Zulu (1964), Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), Anzio (1968), and in the film versions of Marat/Sade (1967; as de Sade) and The Birthday Party (1968). He is perhaps best known for his role as the victimised writer Frank Alexander, who tortures Alex DeLarge with Beethoven's music, in Stanley Kubrick's film A Clockwork Orange (1971). His other role for Kubrick was as Redmond Barry's mentor, the Chevalier de Balibari, in Barry Lyndon (1975).
Magee also appeared in Young Winston (1972), The Final Programme (1973), Galileo (1975), Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980), The Monster Club and Chariots of Fire (1981), but was most often seen in horror films. These included Roger Corman's The Masque of Red Death (1964), and the Boris Karloff vehicle Die, Monster, Die! (1965) for AIP; The Skull (1965), Tales from the Crypt (1972), Asylum (1972), and And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) for Amicus Productions; Demons of the Mind (1972) for Hammer Film Productions; and Walerian Borowczyk's Docteur Jekyll et les femmes (1981).
Magee married Belle Sherry, also a native of County Armagh in 1958.
|1960||The Criminal||Barrows||aka Concrete Jungle|
|1961||Rag Doll||Flynn||aka Young, Willing and Eager|
|Never Back Losers||Ben Black|
|1962||The Boys||Mr Lee|
|A Prize of Arms||RSM Hicks|
|The Young Racers||Sir William Dragonet|
|The Very Edge||Simmonds|
|Dementia 13||Justin Caleb|
|Operacija Ticijan||Dr. Morisijus||aka Operation Titian|
|1964||Zulu||Surgeon James Henry Reynolds|
|Séance on a Wet Afternoon||Walsh|
|The Masque of the Red Death||Alfredo|
|1965||The Skull||Police Surgeon|
|Die, Monster, Die!||Dr Henderson||Alternative title: Monster of Terror|
|Portrait in Terror||Mauricio Zaroni|
|1967||Marat/Sade||Marquis de Sade|
|Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher||Maniac|
|The Birthday Party||Shamus McCann|
|You Can't Win 'Em All||The General - Ataturk|
|The Trojan Women||Menelaus|
|A Clockwork Orange||Mr Alexander|
|1972||Tales from the Crypt||George Carter||(segment 5 "Blind Alleys")|
|The Fiend||Minister||aka Beware My Brothern|
|Asylum||Dr Rutherford||(segment: "Mannikins of Horror")|
|Young Winston||General Bindon Blood|
|Pope Joan||Elder monk|
|Demons of the Mind||Falkenberg|
|1973||And Now the Screaming Starts!||Dr Whittle|
|Lady Ice||Paul Booth|
|The Final Programme||Dr Baxter||aka The Last Days of Man on Earth|
|Barry Lyndon||The Chevalier du Balibari|
|1979||The Brontë Sisters||Reverend Bronte|
|1980||Rough Cut||Ernst Mueller|
|The Sleep of Death||Marquis|
|Hawk the Slayer||Priest|
|Sir Henry at Rawlinson End||Reverend Slodden|
|1981||Chariots of Fire||Lord Cadogan|
|The Monster Club||Innkeeper - Luna's Father|
|The Black Cat||Professor Robert Miles|
|Blood of Dr. Jekyll||General William Danvers Carew||aka The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne|
- Another Flip for Dominick (1979-82) as Caleb Line (final television appearance)
- Birthdate cited in Grove Companion to Samuel Beckett (2004), ed. Ackerley and Gontarski, 339. National Portrait Gallery also cites 1922 as birthdate.
- "Patrick Magee, British Actor, Won a Tony for 'Marat/Sade'". nytimes.com. 16 August 1982.
- David Pattie (2000). The Complete Critical Guide to Samuel Beckett. Psychology Press. pp. 38–. ISBN 978-0-415-20253-4.
- Cited in Grove Companion to Samuel Beckett (2004), ed. Ackerley and Gontarski, 339.
- Ackerley and Gontarski (ed.), 302
- Anthony Cronin: Samuel Beckett The Last Modernist, London 1997 , p. 471
- "The Glasgow Herald — Google News Archive Search". google.com. and NYT Magee obituary
- McKenna, Michael (Jul 10, 2017). "Celebrated Armagh actor Patrick Magee to be honoured with Blue Plaque". Armagh I. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
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