Ian McShane

Actor
British actor Ian McShane had a long, venerable career, though for most of it he remained unknown to American audiences, despite frequent appearances on television and in movies. One of his better known roles - as the ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1942 in Blackburn, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (95)

Grimsby 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bolden 2014 (Movie)

Judge Perry (Actor)

Cuban Fury 2014 (Movie)

Ron Parfitt (Actor)

Hercules 2014 (Movie)

Amphiarus (Actor)

How We Used To Live 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

John Wick 2014 (Movie)

Winston (Actor)

Road to Capri 2014 (Movie)

Edmond (Actor)

The Man on Carrion Road 2014 (Movie)

Leland (Actor)

Jack The Giant Slayer 2013 (Movie)

King Brahmwell (Actor)

Snow White and the Huntsman 2012 (Movie)

Beith (Actor)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 (Movie)

Blackbeard (Actor)

44 Inch Chest 2010 (Movie)

Meredith (Actor)

Case 39 2010 (Movie)

Detective Mike Barron (Actor)

The Pillars of the Earth 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Coraline 2009 (Movie)

Mr Bobinsky (Voice)

Kings 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Race 2008 (Movie)

Coach (Actor)

Kung Fu Panda 2008 (Movie)

Tai Lung (Voice)

SpongeBob SquarePants 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hot Rod 2007 (Movie)

Frank Powell (Actor)

Shrek the Third 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Captain Hook (Actor)

The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Ragnar Sturlusson (Actor)

The Seeker 2007 (Movie)

Merriman Lyon (Actor)

Deadwood 2003 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Scoop 2006 (Movie)

Joe Strombel (Actor)

The 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

We Are Marshall 2006 (Movie)

Paul Griffen (Actor)

Nine Lives 2005 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trust 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Agent Cody Banks 2003 (Movie)

Brinkman (Actor)

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bollywood Queen 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

The West Wing 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thieves 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sexy Beast 2001 (Movie)

Teddy Bass (Actor)

Dream Team 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild and Dangerous 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

The River of Souls: A Babylon 5 Adventure 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Monty Roberts: A Real Horse Whisperer 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lovejoy 1991 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovejoy: The Lost Colony 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Con Man 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Chain Letter 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Charlie Chaplin 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Barrington 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Murders in the Rue Morgue 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

A.D. 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Evergreen 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Ordeal By Innocence 1985 (Movie)

Philip Durrant (Actor)

Torchlight 1984 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

Exposed 1983 (Movie)

Greg Miller (Actor)

Marco Polo 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Too Scared to Scream 1981 (Movie)

Hardwick (Actor)

Cheaper to Keep Her 1980 (Movie)

Dr Alfred Sunshine (Actor)

Yesterday's Hero 1980 (Movie)

Rod Turner (Actor)

The 5th Musketeer 1978 (Movie)

Fouquet (Actor)

Journey Into Fear 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ransom 1973 (Movie)

Petrie (Actor)

The Last of Sheila 1972 (Movie)

Antony (Actor)

Sitting Target 1971 (Movie)

Birdy Williams (Actor)

Tam Lin 1970 (Movie)

Tom Lynn (Actor)

Villain 1970 (Movie)

Wolfe Lissner (Actor)

Battle of Britain 1969 (Movie)

Sergeant Pilot Andy (Actor)

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium 1969 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gypsy Girl 1965 (Movie)

Roibin (Actor)

The Wild and the Willing 1964 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Bare Essence (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Sport (TV Show)

Actor

Braker (TV Show)

Actor

Code Name: Diamond Head (TV Show)

Actor

Disraeli (Movie)

Benjamin Disraeli (Actor)

Grace Kelly (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Larceny (TV Show)

Actor

In the Frame (TV Show)

Actor

Jesus of Nazareth (TV Show)

Actor

Marco Polo (TV Show)

Actor

Rocket to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Terror in Moscow (TV Show)

Narrator

The Letter (TV Show)

Actor

The Lives of Jenny Dolan (TV Show)

Actor

Twice Shy (TV Show)

Actor

War and Remembrance (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

British actor Ian McShane had a long, venerable career, though for most of it he remained unknown to American audiences, despite frequent appearances on television and in movies. One of his better known roles - as the smooth-talking criminal mastermind Teddy Bass in Jonathan Glazer's stylish crime thriller, "Sexy Beast" (2001) - allowed McShane a proper introduction. Though most of the accolades went to fellow Englishman Ben Kingsley for his scathing performance as the barking-mad bank robber Don Logan, McShane received his share of good notices for his portrayal of the sinister financier of a heist that eventually goes bad. But his most recognized and rewarded role came 42 years after his first onscreen performance. Playing the beguiling Al Swearengen, a cruel, calculating saloon owner on the acclaimed Western revival, "Deadwood" (HBO, 2003-06), McShane had the chance to play what the actor called "the best role I ever had," while finally making himself a household name.

Relationships

Oscar

Grandson
Born c. 2001 to Kate McShane

Biba

Granddaughter
Born c. 2005 to Kate McShane

Raphael

Grandson
Born c. 2007 to Kate McShane

Suzan Farmer Actor

Wife
Married 1965 Divorced 1968

Gwen Humble Actor

Wife
Married Aug. 30, 1980

Sylvia Kristel Actor

Companion
Met on set of "The Fifth Musketeer" (1979) Had turbulent five-year relationship Separated early 1980s

Irene McShane

Mother

Kate McShane

Daughter
Born 1971; mother, Ruth Post

Morgan McShane

Son
Born 1975; mother, Ruth Post

Harry McShane

Father
Scottish Played with Manchester United and Hamilton Academical

Ruth Post

Wife
Married 1970 Divorced 1977

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
Classmates included Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt

Stretford Grammar School

Trafford

Milestones

2013

Cast as King Brahmwell in action fantasy film "Jack the Giant Slayer"

2012

Played a murderous Santa Claus in FX miniseries "American Horror Story: Asylum"

2012

Cast as one of the eight dwarfs in "Snow White and the Huntsman" opposite Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron

2011

Portrayed Blackbeard, pirate captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("The Pillars of the Earth")

2010

Starred in "The Pillars of the Earth," an eight-part miniseries adapted from Ken Follett's novel

2010

Co-starred with Renée Zellweger in thriller "Case 39"

2009

Starred on short-lived NBC drama series "Kings"

2008

Co-starred in Paul W.S. Anderson's remake of 1975 film "Death Race"

2008

Lent voice to animated feature "Kung Fu Panda"

2008

Received rave reviews for Daniel Sullivan’s Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s "The Homecoming"

2007

Voiced Ragnar Sturlsson in feature adaptation "The Golden Compass"

2007

Voiced Captain Hook in "Shrek the Third"

2006

Played a dead journalist in Woody Allen's "Scoop"

2006

Co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in sports drama "We Are Marshall," directed by McG

2005

Joined Rodrigo García's ensemble "Nine Lives," a series of vignettes offering glimpses into the lives of nine women

2004

Portrayed historical figure Al Swearengen on HBO series "Deadwood"; received Emmy (2005) and SAG (2006) nominations for Best Actor

2001

Featured in the Jonathan Glazer’s critically acclaimed indie "Sexy Beast"

2000

Returned to West End to make musical debut as Darryl Van Horne in "The Witches of Eastwick"

1998

Acted onstage in L.A. in "The Yield of the Long Bond"

1997

Returned to British stage in "The Admirable Crichton" at Chichester Festival

1996

Played title role on British TV series "Madson"

1992

Made one-shot return to movies in "Con Man"

1991

Reprised "Lovejoy" in second set of episodes (aired in the U.S. on A&E)

1989

Joined cast of CBS primetime serial "Dallas" as screenwriter Don Lockwood

1989

Starred as David Cleveland, a freelance investigator in a series of TV movies adapted from mystery novels by Dick Francis

1988

Featured in ABC miniseries "War and Remembrance"

1987

Last feature for five years, "Grand Larceny"

1986

Played title role as an antiques dealer who solves mysteries on British series "Lovejoy" (BBC); also produced through his production company McShane Productions

1985

Co-starred in NBC miniseries "A.D."

1985

Last stage role for more than a decade, "Inadmissible Evidence"

1983

Played Prince Rainier in ABC biopic "Grace Kelly"

1983

Played regular role of Greek millionaire Niko Theophilus on NBC primetime serial "Bare Essence"

1982

Appeared opposite Lee Remick in ABC remake of "The Letter"

1979

Acted in a California staging of "As You Like It"

1979

Garnered praise for his performance in title role of biographical miniseries "Disraeli"

1978

Cast as Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe in "Life of Shakespeare"

1977

Portrayed Judas Iscariot in NBC miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth"

1977

Cast in featured role in groundbreaking ABC miniseries "Roots"

1973

Acted in ensemble of comedy thriller "The Last of Sheila"

1968

Co-starred in comedy "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"

1967

Originated role of Marat in "The Promise"; reprised part on Broadway; co-starred with Judi Dench and Ian McKellen

1966

Landed first starring role in films opposite Hayley Mills in "Gypsy Girl"

1965

Toured the U.K. in Joe Orton's black comedy "Loot"

1965

Played Tom in London revival of "The Glass Menagerie"

1962

Film debut, "The Wild and the Willing"; cast while still a student at RADA

1962

London stage debut, "Infanticide in the House of Fred Ginger"

Raised in Manchester

Bonus Trivia

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"Until the middle of the 1980s, I wasn't that bothered about the career, as long as I was making money and have a great time. And I did have a great f*cking time. There are some jobs that I don't even remember doing, in the blizzard of alcohol and drugs." – McShane to The Sunday Herald, Sept. 19, 2004

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