Patrick Macnee
Actor
Patrick Macnee
Daniel Patrick Macnee is an English actor, known for his role as the secret agent John Steed in the series The Avengers.
Biography
Patrick Macnee's personal information overview.
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Binky Philips: A Compendium of Encounters -- Including Excerpts From My Book On Rhino, My Life In The Ghost of Planets - The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Over my many years as a rock 'n' roll/pop culture freak, I've had my share of classic New York City encounters with celebrities and ummmmm, street life. A few of these wound up in my recent eBook on Rhino, My Life In The Ghost of Planets - The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was. So, yeah, threesome's some fun lil excerpts here, although the GOOD stuff you'll have to PURCHASE... 104 pages fro $2.46... a total rip-off, I can tell ya... So, here we go, ten totally random encounters you may find entertaining... On a gorgeous mid-spring evening in 1975... Heading to rehearsal, my singer, Tally and I were walking to the downtown IRT 1 train. We were crossing West 116th St., directly opposite the main entrance of Columbia University. For some reason, I turned and looked into the big green Chrysler station wagon that was sitting at the red light on 116th, waiting to turn downtown on Broadway. I noticed the guy driving had long hair and a big bushy beard. I noticed the guy riding s ...
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: A Trio of Inriguing New Film Factoids!
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Why was Bela Lugosi so inept in his single rendition of the Frankenstein monster? Did glamorous Honor Blackman once portray a blind woman? What is the secret behind actress Vera Miles' name? These absorbing film factoids relating to entries in the sci-fi/horror/mystery genre are now revealed: -Bela Lugosi's portrayal of the Frankenstein monster in 1944's "Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man" has been ripped by film critics down through the years as being awkward. But, in remaining faithful to the previous sequel, "The Ghost of Frankenstein" (1942), where the brain of Lugosi's character Ygor was implanted in the creature after which it went blind due to an incompatible blood type, he was supposed to be visually challenged, thus accounting for his clumsiness. However, scenes explaining this were deleted, making it appear that Lugosi was inept. In "The Ghost of Frankenstein," Lon Chaney Jr. portrayed the creature throughout, even after the brain transplant, with Lugosi's voic ...
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Christopher Lee 90th Birthday: 90 Reasons The Horror Icon is Awesome
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
On May 27, British film icon Christopher Lee turns 90 years old. In his long and storied career, he's delivered countless fantastic performances in everything from medieval adventures to gothic scary stories. (You may know him as Saruman, Count Dooku, the Man with the Golden Gun or even Count Dracula.) And he has no plans to slow down, as indicated by recent roles in the Oscar-winning"Hugo" and this month's "Dark Shadows" -- not to mention an upcoming return to Middle Earth with this December's "Hobbit." Lee is not just an actor, but a decorated military man and bombastic heavy metal singer, with a crazy family lineage to boot. To celebrate the legend's 90th birthday, we present 90 reasons why Christopher Lee is awesome. 1. He's the step-cousin of "James Bond" creator Ian Fleming, and was the author's first choice to play Dr. No in the film adaptation. 2. He's in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Tallest Leading Actor. (He's 6'5") 3. He's the tallest m ...
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Teen Wolf : Le Loup Garou finit en hausse - Unification France
Google News - over 5 years
Peu à peu, tout indiquait qu'une communauté dirigée par un Docteur étrange, joué par Patrick MacNee, le Steed de Chapeau Melon et Bottes de cuir, savait quelque chose. Elle découvrait alors leur secret : il s'agissait de loups garous, qui luttaient
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Worst TV to Film Adaptations: Friday Fiver - Digital Spy
Google News - over 5 years
'60s series The Avengers is fondly remembered by its fans - Patrick Macnee was perfectly cast as the suave John Steed, accompanied by a number of lovely ladies (most famously Diana Rigg's Emma Peel). The 1998 film adaptation is fondly remembered by
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Actor John Wood dies aged 81 - Buxton Advertiser
Google News - over 5 years
Along with the star Patrick Macnee, he appeared in the 1960s TV version of The Avengers as well as the 1998 movie version of the series. He was made a CBE in 2007 for his services to drama. A statement from his agent said: "John was a distinguished
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July Soundtrack Picks - Film Music
Google News - over 5 years
... to the bank when American TV cashed in on the British spy craze with THE MAN FROM UNCLE and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, the top show in the country where Bond started it all was THE AVENGERS, which cast Patrick MacNee as the debonair agent John Steed
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Answer Man: Is it true La Russa's daughter is an NFL cheerleader? - Belleville News Democrat
Google News - over 5 years
I know I was mesmerized early on by Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg on "The Avengers" and still love the sound. So, if you're an infomercial producer, you figure that if listeners think someone with a British accent is more hoity-toity, they're obviously
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New Sherlock Holmes trailer: blink and you'll miss the clues - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Even Roger Moore and Patrick Macnee were wonderful, if viewed in the right mood (completely pished out of one's mind). Even Ben Syder, Reginald Owen and Matt Frewer have their fans. When it comes down to it, everything leads back to Arthur Conan Doyle,
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Op-Ed: Will Hugh Grant be the next James Bond? - DigitalJournal.com
Google News - over 5 years
Roger Moore, who has played both The Saint on the small screen and 007 on the big one combined Englishness with cloak and dagger, as did Patrick MacNee, complete with bowler hat. Grant though is best known for films and characters that are not to be
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Green Lantern: Not quite lord of the ring, but not an emerald yawn - Comic Book Resources
Google News - over 5 years
However, I was reminded instantly of the original “Battlestar Galactica's” opening narration, performed by the just-as-classy Patrick MacNee. In a way, that sets the tone, because the movie has some pretty cheesy moments, but not enough to overwhelm
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Feind im Rücken - ARD.de
Google News - over 5 years
... Roman Nordwestpassage" basiert und durch reizvolle Landschaftsbilder überzeugt. In der Nebenrolle des unfähigen Oberst Trent ist Patrick Macnee zu sehen, der später durch die TV-Serie Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone" zum populären Darsteller avancierte
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Bloody Disgusting: Six Sites Remember the Class of 1981! - Bloody Disgusting
Google News - over 5 years
Dante also added in several self-aware nods to the werewolf genre, manifested throughout the film in production design details, dialogue references, and even character names (for example, Patrick Macnee's therapist character is named George Waggner,
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Bullets and bats: when Hammer Films met 007 - Shadowlocked (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Patrick MacNee, who had a tiny role in the early Hammer feature Dick Barton at Bay (1948) is the only new face. The Hammer link dwindled severely when Timothy Dalton took over as 007 in The Living Daylights (1987). Walter Gotell and Geoffrey Keen left
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X-Men: Primera Generación - Fanzine Digital (Comunicado de prensa)
Google News - over 5 years
... y puramente cinematográficos que incluyen a James Bond, Los Vengadores de Diana Rigg y Patrick Macnee, las cintas bélicas y de espionaje propias de la Guerra Fría, el glamour del Rat Pack y el Playboy y hasta Teléfono Rojo, Volamos hacia Moscú
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LYME REGIS: Another chance to see 'All Over the Town' film - View Online
Google News - almost 6 years
Stanley Baker (Zulu) and Patrick MacNee (The Avengers TV series) make early appearances in the film. “All Over the Town” goes well beyond any cliché about the honest newsman standing up to a corrupt world. It deals with the discrimination faced by
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I Crack Wise With The Sopranos, My Dad Does Not With The Real Deal - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
I shrugged, told them that it was an honor to meet them all, that their show was the best ever, with apologies to Diana Rigg and Patrick MacNee, but I'd been looking for a bathroom and that I was now going to find it. Well, okay, music biz guy
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Karen Gillan: Obsessive fans, short skirts and life with Doctor Who - The Independent
Google News - almost 6 years
What is without doubt is that Gillan and Smith have excellent screen chemistry, rather like Diana Rigg and Patrick Macnee in the heyday of The Avengers. There's a lot of smart banter, while the writers play on the suggestion that it's the Doctor that
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Why the BBC tried to... Exterminate Nazi Daleks! As Doctor Who's most ... - Daily Mail
Google News - almost 6 years
But that was in keeping with Nation's subsequent career writing for colourful adventure shows, including the Sixties spy series The Avengers starring Patrick Macnee and Linda Thorson. The success of his writing may lie in the fact that no matter how
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patrick Macnee
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 93
    On 25 June 2015, Macnee died at Rancho Mirage, California, his home for the past four decades, at the age of 93.
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  • 1996
    Age 74
    He played Holmes in another TV film, The Hound of London (1993), along with the 1996 TV film Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Temporal Nexus.
    More Details Hide Details He is thus one of only a very small number of actors to have portrayed both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on screen.
  • 1990
    Age 68
    In 1990 his recording with his Avengers co-star Honor Blackman, called "Kinky Boots" (1964), reached the UK Singles Chart after being played on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio One breakfast show.
    More Details Hide Details Macnee appeared in Magnum, P.I. (1984) as a retired, but delusional, British agent, who believed he was Sherlock Holmes, in a season four episode titled Holmes Is Where the Heart Is. He played both Holmes and Dr. Watson on several occasions. He played Watson three times: once alongside Roger Moore's Sherlock Holmes in a TV film, Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976), and twice with Christopher Lee, first in Incident at Victoria Falls (1991), and then in Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1992).
    Macnee made numerous TV commercials including one around 1990 for Swiss Chalet, the Canadian restaurant chain, and a year or so before, a commercial for the Sterling Motor Car Company.
    More Details Hide Details Over the James Bond theme, the car duels with a motorcycle assailant at high speed through mountainous territory, ultimately eludes the foe, and reaches its destination. Macnee steps out of the car and greets viewers with a smile, saying, "I suppose you were expecting someone else". Macnee was the narrator for several "behind-the-scenes" featurettes for the James Bond series of DVDs and recorded numerous audio books, including the releases of many novels by Jack Higgins. He also recorded the children's books The Musical Life of Gustav Mole and its sequel, The Lost Music (Gustav Mole's War on Noise), both written by Michael Twinn. Macnee featured in two pop videos: as Steed in original Avengers footage in The Pretenders' video for their song "Don't Get Me Wrong" (1986) and in the promotion for Oasis's "Don't Look Back in Anger" (1996), as the band's driver, a role similar to that which he played in the James Bond film A View To A Kill (1985).
  • 1988
    Age 66
    His third marriage was to Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye, daughter of opera singer Ella Némethy, and it lasted from 1988 until her death in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Macnee became a US citizen in 1982. He dictated his autobiography, which he entitled Blind in One Ear: The Avenger Returns (1988), to Marie Cameron. Later in life, Macnee was an enthusiastic nudist.
  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 50
    Macnee made his Broadway debut as the star of Anthony Shaffer's mystery Sleuth in 1972 and subsequently headlined the national tour of that play.
    More Details Hide Details Macnee reunited with Diana Rigg in her short-lived NBC sitcom, Diana (1973) in a single episode. Other television appearances include a guest appearance on Columbo in the episode "Troubled Waters" (1975); and playing Major Vickers in For the Term of His Natural Life (1983). He had recurring roles in the crime series Gavilan with Robert Urich and in the short-lived satire on big business, Empire (1984), as Dr. Calvin Cromwell. Macnee also narrated the documentary Ian Fleming: 007's Creator (2000). He also appeared in several cult films: in The Howling (1981), as 'Dr George Waggner' (named whimsically after the director of The Wolf Man, 1941) and as Sir Denis Eton-Hogg in the rockumentary comedy This Is Spinal Tap (1984). He played Dr. Stark in The Creature Wasn't Nice (1981), also called Spaceship and Naked Space. Macnee played the role of actor David Mathews in the made-for-television movie Rehearsal for Murder (1982), which starred Robert Preston and Lynn Redgrave. The movie was from a script written by Columbo co-creators Richard Levinson and William Link. He took over Leo G. Carroll's role as Alexander Waverly, the head of U.N.C.L.E. in Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen-Years-Later Affair (1983), produced by Michael Sloan. He was featured in the science fiction television movie Super Force (1990) as E. B. Hungerford (the series which followed did not feature Macnee), as a supporting character in the parody film Lobster Man From Mars (1989) as Prof.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 37
    Between these occasional movie roles, Macnee spent the better part of the 1950s working in dozens of small parts in American and Canadian television and theatre, including an appearance in an episode of The Twilight Zone in 1959 ("Judgment Night").
    More Details Hide Details Disappointed in his limited career development, in the late 1950s Macnee was daily smoking 80 cigarettes and drinking a bottle of whisky. Not long before his career-making role in The Avengers, Macnee took a break from acting and served as one of the London-based producers for the classic documentary series The Valiant Years, based on the Second World War memoirs of Winston Churchill. While working in London on the Churchill series, Macnee was offered the part in The Avengers (1961−69), (originally intended to be known as Jonathan Steed), for which he became best known. The series was originally conceived as a vehicle for Ian Hendry, who played the lead role of Dr. David Keel in a sequel to an earlier series, Police Surgeon (1960), while John Steed was his assistant. Macnee, though, became the lead after Hendry's departure at the end of the first season. Macnee played opposite a succession of glamorous female partners; Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, and Linda Thorson.
  • 1956
    Age 34
    After they were divorced in 1956, his second marriage (1965−1969) was to actress Katherine Woodville.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 24
    He left the Navy in 1946 as a lieutenant.
    More Details Hide Details Macnee nurtured his acting career in Canada early on, but he also appeared as an uncredited extra in the British films Pygmalion (1938), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) and Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948), as well as some live TV dramas for the BBC, before graduating to credited parts in such films as Scrooge (US: A Christmas Carol, 1951), as the young Jacob Marley, the Gene Kelly vehicle Les Girls (1957), as an Old Bailey barrister, and the war film The Battle of the River Plate (1956).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1942
    Age 20
    Macnee married his first wife, Barbara Douglas, in 1942.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children, Rupert and Jenny, and a grandson, Christopher ("Kit").
    He joined the Royal Navy as an ordinary seaman in October 1942 and was commissioned a sub-lieutenant in June 1943, becoming a navigator on Motor Torpedo Boats in the English Channel and North Sea.
    More Details Hide Details Reassigned as first lieutenant on a second MTB, Macnee caught bronchitis just before D-Day; while he was recuperating in hospital, his boat and crew were lost in action. Two of the crew received the Distinguished Service Medal.
  • 1936
    Age 14
    He was educated at Summer Fields School and Eton College, where he was a member of the Officer Training Corps and was one of the guard of honour for King George V at St George's Chapel in 1936.
    More Details Hide Details He was later expelled from Eton for selling pornography and being a bookmaker for his fellow students. Macnee studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, but shortly before he was to perform in his first West End leading role, which would have had him acting alongside Vivien Leigh, he was called up for the United Kingdom Armed Forces.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Age 0
    The elder of two sons, Macnee was born in Paddington, London in 1922 to Daniel Macnee (1877-1952) and Dorothea Mary Hastings (1896-1984).
    More Details Hide Details His father trained race horses in Lambourn, and was known for his dress sense; he had served as an officer in the Yorkshire Dragoons in the First World War. His maternal grandmother was Frances Alice Hastings (1870-1945), who was the daughter of Vice-Admiral George Fowler Hastings and granddaughter of Hans Francis Hastings, 12th Earl of Huntingdon. His younger brother James, known as Jimmy, was born five years later. Macnee's parents divorced after his mother began to identify as a lesbian. His father later moved to India, and his mother began to live with her wealthy partner, Evelyn Spottswood, whose money came from the Dewar's whisky business. Macnee referred to her in his autobiography as "Uncle Evelyn", and she helped pay for his schooling.
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