Patrick Macnee Biography

Birthday: 1922-02-06
Place of Birth: London, England UK
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: The British actor Patrick Macnee was born in 1922 in London, England, into a wealthy and eccentric family. His father, Daniel Macnee, was a race horse trainer, who drank and gambled away the family fortune, leaving young Patrick to be raised by his lesbian mother, Dorothea Mary, and her female lover. Shortly after graduating from Eton (from which he was almost expelled for running a gambling ring), Macnee first appeared on stage and made his film debut as an extra in Pygmalion (1938). His career was interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the Royal Navy. After military service, Macnee attended the Webber Douglas School of Dramatic Art in London on scholarship. He also resumed his stage and film career, with bit parts such as Young Jacob Marley in Scrooge (1951). Disappointed with his limited roles, Macnee left England for Canada and the United States. In 1954, he went to Broadway with an Old Vic troupe and later moved on to Hollywood, where he made occasional television and film appearances until returning to England in 1959. Once back home, he took advantage of his producing experience in Canada to become co-producer of the British television series "Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years" (1960). Shortly thereafter, Macnee landed the role that brought him worldwide fame and popularity in the part of John Steed, in the classic British television series "The Avengers" (1961). His close identification with this character limited his career choices after the cancellation of the series in 1969, prompting him to reprise the role in "The New Avengers" (1976), which, though popular, failed to recapture the magic of the original series. During the 1980s and 1990s, Macnee became a familiar face on American television in such series as "Gavilan" (1982), "Empire" (1984), "Thunder in Paradise" (1994) and "NightMan" (1997). In the past decade, Macnee has also made several audio recordings of book fiction.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Kraft Television Theatre Mr. Andrews / ... 1947 - 1958
The Avengers John Steed 1962 - 1963 Action
The New Avengers John Steed 1976 Action
Fantastic Seven 1979 Drama
Gavilan Milo Bentley 1982 - 1983
Empire (1984) Calvin Cromwell 1984 - 1984
Lime Street Sir Geoffrey Rimbatten 1985 - 1985
Thunder in Paradise Edward Whitaker 1994 Adventure
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Evening in Byzantium 1978 Drama
The Sea Wolves 1980 Romance, 0
The Howling Dr. George Waggner 1981 Horror
Rehearsal for Murder 1982 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A View to a Kill Sir Godfrey Tibbett 1985 0
Shadey Sir Cyril Landau 1986 Comedy
Chill Factor Carl Lawton 1988 Action
Masque of the Red Death Machiavel 1989 Horror, Thriller
Transformations Father Christopher 1991 Horror
Waxwork II: Lost in Time Sir Wilfred 1992 Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Temporal Nexus Sherlock Holmes 1996 Thriller
The Avengers Invisible Jones 1998 Action, Adventure
The Low Budget Time Machine Dr. Ballard 2003 Comedy
The Avengers John Steed 2012 Sport