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Ian McShane

Mostly Credited As: Ian McShane
Date Of Birth: September 29, 1942 (Age 72)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Ian McShane


Ian McShane was born in Blackburn, England. His father is Harry McShane, a professional football player for Manchester United and the Blackburn Rovers. He started out in the 1960's, in small roles on the television series Police Woman and Matt Helm, and in films like Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You and Battle of Britain. In the mid-eighties he bought the television rights to Jonathan Gash's Lovejoy novels. He produced and starred in 6 seasons of Lovejoy for Britain's BBC network from 1986 through 1994. The show was also shown in America on the A&E network. He has made notable films, including Sexy Beast, and has attained notoriety for his portrayal of villainous-yet-lovable Al Swearengen on the HBO series, Deadwood.

Ian has been married to actress Gwen Humble, since 1981. He has two children from a previous marriage, Kate (born in 1971) and Morgan (born in 1975).

Movie Credits

Case 39 (2007) - Mike Barron
Hot Rod (2007) - Unknown
Kung Fu Panda (2008) (voice) - Tai Lung
Shrek the Third (2007) (voice) - Captain Hook
We Are Marshall (2006) - Paul Griffin
Scoop (2006) - Joe Strombel
Nine Lives (2005) - Larry
Nemesis Game (2003) - Jeff Novak
Agent Cody Banks (2003) - Brinkman
Bollywood Queen (2002) - Frank
Sexy Beast (2000) - Teddy Bass

... and many more.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Pillars Of The Earth (2010)As: Waleran
Kings (2009)As: King Silas Benjamin
Deadwood (2004)As: Al Swearengen
Trust (2003)As: Alan Cooper-Fozzard
Young Charlie Chaplin (1989)As: Charlie Chaplin, Sr.
War and Remembrance (1988)As: Philip Rule
Lovejoy (1986)As: Lovejoy
A.D. (1985)As: Sejanus
Bare Essence (1983)As: Niko Theophilus
The Pirate (1978)As: Rashid
Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic (1978)As: Benjamin Disraeli
Life of Shakespeare (1978)As: Christopher Marlowe
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)As: Judas Iscariot
Code Name: Diamond Head (1977)As: Sean Donovan / Father Horton / Colonel Millard Butler
Episode Cast Credits 

Good Morning Britain (2014) 
  July 14, 2014 01x56: (Jul/14/2014) As Himself 

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007) 
  Series 14, Episode 20 14x20: (Feb/14/2014) As Himself 

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 4, Show 113 04x113: (Feb/11/2014) As Himself 
  Series 3, Show 141 03x141: (Mar/27/2013) As Himself 
  Series 1, Show 176 01x176: (May/10/2011) As Himself 
  Series 1, Show 175 01x175: (May/09/2011) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  October 25, 2013 08x59: (Oct/25/2013) As Himself 

The Jonathan Ross Show (2011) 
  Danny Boyle, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McShane, Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack 04x12: (Mar/23/2013) As Himself 

American Horror Story (2011) 
  The Coat Hanger 02x09: (Dec/12/2012) As Leigh Emerson, [Special Guest Stars]
  Unholy Night 02x08: (Dec/05/2012) As Leigh Emerson, [Special Guest Stars]

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  Ian McShane 14x38: (Mar/17/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Dame Edna Treatment (2007) 
  Episode 5 01x05: (Apr/21/2007) As Himself 

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  Ian McShane, Joey Lauren Adams, Stanley Bing 02x93: (Jun/07/2006) As Himself 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Serena Williams, Ian McShane, James Nesbitt, Turin Brakes 08x13: (Jun/17/2005) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Chris Rock, Ian McShane, Collective Soul 13x100: (Feb/21/2005) As Himself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 62x01: (Jan/16/2005) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (for 'Deadwood') 

Real Time With Bill Maher (2003) 
  Episode 27 02x07: (Feb/27/2004) As Himself 

The Twilight Zone (2002) (2002) 
  Cold Fusion 01x35: (Apr/02/2003) As Dr. Chandler 

The West Wing (1999) 
  Enemies Foreign and Domestic 03x18: (May/01/2002) As Nikolai Ivanovich, [Special Guest Stars]

Live Talk (2000) 
  Series 1, Show 18 01x18: (Oct/18/2000) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Babylon 5 (1994) 
  Babylon 5: River of Souls (Nov/17/1998) As Dr. Robert Bryson, [Starring Roles]

Going Live (1987) 
  Series 6, Show 8 06x08: (Nov/14/1992) As Himself 

Wogan (1982) 
  Series 12, Show 3 12x03: (Jan/10/1992) As Himself 

Chillers (1990) 
  Sauce for the Goose 01x02: (Apr/21/1990) As Steven Castle 

Columbo (1971) 
  Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo 09x04: (Mar/31/1990) As Leland St. John 

Miami Vice (1984) 
  Freefall 05x17: (May/21/1989) As Gen. Manuel Borbon 
  Knock, Knock, Who's There? 03x21: (Mar/27/1987) As Esteban Montoya 

Minder (1979) 
  The Last Video Show 07x04: (Jan/23/1989) As Jack Last 

Magnum, P.I. (1980) 
  Black on White 03x06: (Oct/28/1982) As ex-Private Edwin Clutterbuck 
  Skin Deep 01x06: (Jan/15/1981) As David Norman 

Masterpiece (1971) 
  Disraeli: (4) The Chief 09x41: (Jun/22/1980) As Benjamin Disraeli 
  Disraeli: (3) The Great Game 09x40: (Jun/15/1980) As Benjamin Disraeli 
  Disraeli: (2) Mary Anne 09x39: (Jun/08/1980) As Benjamin Disraeli 
  Disraeli: (1) Dizzy 09x38: (Jun/01/1980) As Benjamin Disraeli 

The Fantastic Journey (1977) 
  Vortex 01x01: (Feb/03/1977) As Sir James Camden 

Roots (US) (1977) 
  Part VI 01x06: (Jan/28/1977) As Sir Eric Russell 

Most Wanted (1976) 
  The Slaver 01x02: (Oct/23/1976) As Professor Colin Wyatt 

Space: 1999 (1975) 
  Force of Life 01x02: (Oct/24/1975) As Anton Zoref (as guest star), [Starring Roles]

Police Woman (1974) 
  The Chasers 02x05: (Oct/10/1975) As Dan Markson 

Matt Helm (1975) 
  Now I Lay Me Down to Die 01x02: (Sep/27/1975) As Paul Fredericks 

Rogues' Gallery (1969) 
  The Wicked Stage 01x02: (May/17/1969) As David Garrick 

The Wednesday Play (1964) 
  The Private Tutor 06x04: (Nov/23/1966) As Frank 
Trivia

His father was a professional soccer player.

He is 5' 9" tall.

He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He won a Golden Globe for his performance in "Deadwood".

Ian occasionally directed episodes of his television series Lovejoy (1986).

Ian made his film debut in The Wild and the Willing (1962).

In 2004, Ian won the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama for: Deadwood (2004/I).

In 2005, Ian was nominated for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama for: Deadwood (2004/I).

Ian briefly dated Carol Cleveland of Monty Python fame in the 70's.

Ian was in the hospital for 6 weeks after breaking his leg while filming the 1980 TV movie 'The Curse of King Tut's Tomb.' His role was given to Robin Ellis.

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