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Ian McShane

Ian McShane

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1942-09-29

74 Movies · 31 TV Series


Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor. Although he has appeared in numerous films, it is by his television roles that he is generally known, starting with the BBC's Lovejoy (1986–94) and particularly in the HBO Western drama Deadwood (2004–06). He starred as King Silas Benjamin in NBC series Kings and as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ian McShane, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Life

McShane married and divorced actress 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 relationship between Kristel and McShane was tumultuous and violent. According to Kristel's autobiography, a fight between the two when she was three months pregnant led to her losing her balance and falling down the stairs, causing her to miscarry and to end their relationship. The affair with Kristel ended his marriage to his second wife, model Ruth Post, with whom he had two children, Kate and Morgan. Through his daughter Kate, McShane has three grandchildren. He supports Manchester United.On 30 August 1980, McShane married actress Gwen Humble (born 4 December 1953). They live in Venice, California.

Early Life

McShane was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, the only child of Irene (née Cowley; born 1921) and Scottish footballer Harry McShane (1920–2012). His father was Scottish, from Holytown, Lanarkshire, 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. After being a member of the National Youth Theatre, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), alongside Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt. He shared a flat with Hurt, whom McShane called his "oldest friend in the business". He was still a student at RADA when he appeared in his first film, The Wild and the Willing (1962).

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