Ian McShane
English actor, director, producer, voice artist, comedian
Ian McShane
Ian David McShane is an English actor, director, producer and voice artist. Despite appearing in numerous films, McShane is best known for his television roles, particularly the BBC's Lovejoy (1986–94) and HBO's Western drama Deadwood (2004–06). McShane starred as King Silas Benjamin in NBC series Kings, Bishop Waleran in The Pillars of the Earth, Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda, and as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
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Houston Chronicle - 12 months
ABC has renewed a bunch of shows, and Ian McShane just dropped a big 'Game of Thrones' spoiler.
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'Game Of Thrones' Actor Basically Confirms The Hound Is Back
Huffington Post - 12 months
Hide your chicken, people. The Hound is coming back to "Game of Thrones." The last time we saw the poultry-enthusiast and Arya's former partner in crime, we assumed the worst. He appeared mortally wounded and begged Arya for death, but she was all like, "Nah," and left him to suffer until he finally was crossed off her list. Well, scratch that plan. While appearing on BBC Radio 5, actor Ian McShane basically confirmed his character is bringing the Hound back.  When asked about the show, McShane said, "The character is like a former warrior who has renounced violence and now leads this peace cult around wherever they are." Ok, so McShane pretty much revealed he's playing the Elder Brother, a peace keeper who many book readers actually suspect nurses the Hound back to life, but it wasn't really confirmed. Well, it wasn't until McShane continued ... "But also I have nursed a loved character, a much loved character, back to life, and it reintroduces, I won't say him or ...
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5 Of The 'Biggest Moments In TV' Are Coming To 'Game Of Thrones'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Our Khaleesi, actress Emilia Clarke, doesn't even need dragons to light the Internet on fire. While talking with E! News at HBO’s Golden Globes after-party on Sunday, the actress revealed that “the biggest moments on television that have ever existed" are coming to "Game of Thrones" in Season 6. These are the moments she's probably talking about: HBO/HuffPost 1. Jon Snow's resurrection. APRIL. #GoTSeason6 #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/DSK2xZi9i9 — Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 23, 2015 Getting stabbed to death by all your bros is never a good situation, but, hey, it happens, right? Still, despite that minor setback in the Season 5 finale, a new Season 6 poster, evidence in the books, cast interviews, and leaks from the set, all appear to reveal Jon Snow will return.  On Snow's fate, Clarke just told E! News, "It’s going to be big."   2. We'll finally learn who Jon Snow's parents are. The biggest mystery of "Gam ...
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New 'Game Of Thrones' Actor Hints That A Dead Character Is Returning
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Game of Thrones" claims "All men must die," but it doesn't really seem that way. Actor Ian McShane hasn't even appeared on "Game of Thrones" yet, but he's already one of our favorite characters -- mainly because he's dropping tantalizing spoilers.  Though we don't officially know who McShane is playing, the actor on Thursday gave Pop Goes The News a "hint" about his character's identity. “I am responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again. I’ll leave it at that," McShane said. Whaaaattttt? Seven Hells! A character we thought we'd never see again? People have been speculating about McShane's mystery character for a while, but this changes everything. The actor also said he will only appear in a "one-off episode." So who is McShane talking about bringing back? We've already seen leaked images revealing Jon Snow is likely returning to "Game of Thrones," despite being "dead." Though it's possible McShane could ...
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Matt Adcock at the cinema: John Wick review
Hemel Today - almost 2 years
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a retired assassin, the best in the business (once killed three people in a bar with just a pencil they say). Wick said goodbye to the violent past when his wife, Helen (Bridget Moynahan), came into his life.But when she tragically dies his world is shaken. Then punk bad guy Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) kills Wick’s cute dog and steals his beloved muscle car. That’s pretty much all the background you need as from that point on John Wick becomes a rip-roaringly brutal, utterly stylish revenge-’em-up which sees Reeves kicking huge amounts of ass, in a way that he hasn’t since The Matrix. The action scenes are exceptionally well choreographed. Enemies are dispatched with guns, knives, fists, cars and grenades all mixed into a ballet of grin-inducing carnage. Mob boss Viggo (Michael Nyqvist), father of Iosef and former employer of Wick, tries his best to stop the unstoppable assassin by putting a price on his head and unleashing an army of henchmen, backed ...
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What's The Word On 'Jack The Giant Slayer'?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
-- A big-budget, effects-laden, 3-D retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk legend may seem like the unlikeliest pairing yet of director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie, but "Jack the Giant Slayer" ends up being smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun. Singer and McQuarrie's collaborations include, most famously, the twisty crime mystery "The Usual Suspects" (which earned McQuarrie an original-screenplay Oscar) and the Hitler assassination drama "Valkyrie," featuring an eye patch-wearing Tom Cruise. They've sort of been all over the place together over the past couple decades – why not reinterpret a classic fairy tale? This time, the screenwriter is aided by Darren Lemke and Dan Studney; nevertheless there remains a sense of both briskness and substance. "Jack the Giant Slayer" is cheeky without being too obnoxiously cutesy. While the look of it is medieval, the vibe seems more current, but it's not so anachronistic as to be self-referential and sub ...
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'AHS' Star Lily Rabe Talks Being 'Wicked' With Ian McShane, Christmas At Briarcliff & More
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"American Horror Story: Asylum" is getting in the Christmas spirit this week. And, as to be expected, there's nothing quite like the way Briarcliff celebrates the holiday season. In the episode, "Unholy Night" (Wed., Dec. 5, 10 p.m. EST on FX), highly-anticipated guest star Ian McShane plays a very twisted Santa Claus and Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) has St. Nick in her custody now that she's in charge at the asylum. Rabe started the season as the innocent, perpetually nervous nun who was scared to eat a candy apple and has become the diabolical, deranged, yet wickedly funny woman who is anything but pious ever since the devil possessed her. The actress, who also appeared on "American Horror Story's" first installment, took the time to talk to HuffPost TV via phone about working with McShane, her upcoming romantic scene with an unlikely character, what a Christmas tree looks like at the asylum, bringing a sense of humor to Briarcliff, being terrified to sing "You ...
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Ian McShane On 'American Horror Story': First Look At Actor As Santa In 'Asylum's' Christmas Episode (PHOTO)
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
Ian McShane is swinging by "American Horror Story: Asylum" as a not-so-jolly Santa Claus for a very Briarcliff Christmas. HuffPost TV has the exclusive first look at the Golden Globe winner's apperance. In the episode, titled "Unholy Night" (Wed., Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. EST on FX), McShane will play a bloodthirsty St. Nick who wreaks havoc at the asylum. Check out HuffPostTV's exclusive photo of McShane as psycho Santa below: Read More... More on American Horror Story
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Mel Stuart, director of 'Willy Wonka,' dead at 83
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Mel Stuart, director of 'Willy Wonka,' dead at 83 Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 9:48 a.m., Friday, August 10, 2012 A collaborator on "Willy Wonka" was screenwriter David Seltzer, who at 26 had gotten his first job in the film business — making documentaries — from Stuart and calls him "a mentor by way of drill sergeant, much-feared boss and much-loved friend." Besides "Willy Wonka," Stuart's theatrical features include the 1969 comedy-romance, "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium," starring Suzanne Pleshette and Ian McShane, and, a year later, "I Love My Wife," with Elliott Gould. Before joining forces with the Wolper Organization, he was a researcher for CBS News' 1950s documentary series, "The 20th Century," which was hosted and narrated by Walter Cronkite. Besides his daughter, an interior designer, S ...
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Annette Bourdeau: Can Andy Samberg Pull Off Serious?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
When I think of Andy Samberg, the first thing that comes to mind is "Jah! Rastafarianism!" from The Lonely Island SNL Digital Short Ras Trent. For others, it may be difficult to stare at his big goofy grin without thinking of other Lonely classics like Dick in a Box, Like a Boss and Motherlover. So I was somewhat surprised to see Samberg co-starring in the Sundance darling Celeste and Jesse Forever, about a young couple trying to remain friends throughout a divorce. I love me some Samberg, but I couldn't really picture him tackling the dramatic scenes such a concept would surely require. I never should have doubted the man who brought the world Ras Trent. While Samberg's character Jesse is pretty goofy for most of the flick, he's so believable during the emotional scenes you just want to reach into the screen and comfort the poor man as Celeste (Rashida Jones) crushes him over and over again. While Samberg's dramatic scenes are well-executed, his goofier moments pro ...
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Movies to See this Summer Season
Acton Patch - over 4 years
1. Rock of Ages 2hr 3min‎‎ - Rated PG-13‎‎ - Drama‎ Director: Adam Shankman - Cast: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige. riIf you're a fan of 80s hair bands and mullets, this movie is for you. It's the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more. 2. Snow White and the Huntsman 2hr 7min‎‎ - Rated PG-13‎‎ - Action/Adventure/Drama/Romance‎ Director: Rupert Sanders - Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Toby Jones, Ian McShane. This isn't the fairy tale we all grew up with. In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen out to destroy her. ...
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Through a mirror darkly: Snowhite and the Huntsman
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
For a picture that focuses on a main character obsessed by beauty, it is fitting that Snow White and the Huntsman is a film of astounding artistry. Featuring enchanting visuals that mesh highly imaginative sequences replete with the macabre and the beautiful, the film is a grand effort from first time director, Rupert Sanders. But where Sanders excels further is in the film’s visceral action sequences that feature some sweetly choreographed hack and slash action, and coupled with the film’s grim backdrop, make for some fine viewing for fans of dark fantasy. The film is a reimagining of the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, and while Snow White and the Huntsman ensnares with its production values, it isn’t as abundant in originality in its storytelling. The film starts with Ravenna (Charlize Theron), a witch of spellbinding beauty, who strikes with her ‘Dark Army’ after seducing unwary rulers. One such kingdom she targets is ruled by the good ...
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Comment on Ian McShane in American Horror Story Season 2? by Bla
Boom Tron - over 4 years
I’d prefer to see him on Sons of Anarchy with so many other Deadwood alumni. But I’ll take what I can get!
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Ian McShane in American Horror Story Season 2?
Boom Tron - over 4 years
I’m not much for rumor and speculation, but in the world of American Horror Story there’s a certain entertainment gained from imagining which actors and actresses would best fit into Ryan Murphy’s world of horror and pop culture. The “news” of Ian McShane being considered for a role on American Horror Story doesn’t at all surprise me – it often seems like the show specifically looks for individuals with an appearance fitting of the setting – and in all honesty it wouldn’t shock me to learn McShane would take the part offered to him. While he is best known for his serious dramatic roles, like in Deadwood, he has shown no qualms with doing less serious work. Have you seen him in Hot Rod? He is completely ridiculous in that movie. related: WHO IS CIRCLING AMERICAN HORROR STORY SEASON 2? McShane’s name popped up when Chloe Sevigny, who has a recurring role as a nymphomaniac in American Horror Story, let slip to TV Guide he was being considered to play her character’s doctor. Sevigny’ ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ian McShane
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 73
    In 2016 he joined the cast of Game of Thrones in Season 6 as Ray.
    More Details Hide Details McShane will be playing Mr. Wednesday in the upcoming television adaptation of Neil Gaimans American Gods. McShane married and divorced Suzanne Farmer in the 1960s.
  • 2012
    Age 69
    In 2012, McShane had a guest role for two episodes as Murder Santa, a sadistic serial killer in the 1960s in the second season of American Horror Story.
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  • 2010
    Age 67
    Also in 2010, the Walt Disney Company confirmed that McShane would portray Blackbeard in the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, McShane played King Brahmwell in Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer. Since 2010, McShane has narrated the opening teases for each round of ESPN's coverage of The Open Championship.
    In 2010, McShane starred in The Pillars of the Earth as Bishop Waleran Bigod.
    More Details Hide Details The series was a historical drama set in 12th century England and adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name.
  • 2009
    Age 66
    In 2009, McShane appeared in Kings, which was based on the biblical story of David.
    More Details Hide Details His portrayal of King Silas Benjamin, an analogue of King Saul, was highly praised, with one critic saying, "Whenever Kings seems to falter, McShane appears to put bite marks all over the scenery."
  • 2007
    Age 64
    During 2007–08, he starred as Max in the 40th anniversary Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, co-starring Eve Best, Raúl Esparza, and Michael McKean, and directed by Daniel Sullivan, at the Cort Theatre (16 December 2007 – 13 April 2008).
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  • 2005
    Age 62
    He was also nominated for at the 2005 Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Within the science fiction community, McShane is best known for playing the character Dr Robert Bryson in Babylon 5: The River of Souls. In 1985, he appeared as an iconic MC on Grace Jones' Slave to the Rhythm, a concept album which featured his narration interspersed throughout, and which sold over a million copies worldwide. Other recent roles include Captain Hook in Shrek the Third, Iofur Raknison (known as Ragnar Sturlusson in the film) in The Golden Compass, Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda (for which he received an Annie Award nomination), and Mr. Bobinsky in Coraline. In live-action, he has performed in Hot Rod, the action/thriller Death Race, and The Seeker. He has appeared in The West Wing as a Russian diplomat.
    In the United States, he is perhaps best known for the role of historical figure Al Swearengen in the HBO series Deadwood, for which he won the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 37
    On 30 August 1980, McShane married Gwen Humble (born 4 December 1953).
    More Details Hide Details They live in Venice Beach, California.
  • 1977
    Age 34
    In 1977, he began a relationship with Sylvia Kristel after meeting her on the set of The Fifth Musketeer.
    More Details Hide Details The affair ended his marriage to his second wife, model Ruth Post, who is the mother of his two children, Kate and Morgan.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Born
    Born on September 29, 1942.
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