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  • Real name : Ian David McShane
  • Place of birth : Blackburn
  • Date of birth : 29/09/1942



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Ian McShane (1942)

Ian David McShane

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Ian David McShane is an English actor, director, producer, voice artist and comedian.

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, Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda and as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.


 early life
McShane was born in Blackburn, Lancashire on September 29, 1942, the son of Irene (née Cowley) and famous Scottish-born footballer Harry McShane. He grew up in Urmston, Lancashire and attended Stretford Grammar School.

In the United Kingdom, McShane's best known role may be that of antiques dealer Lovejoy in the BBC drama series of the same name. He also enjoyed fame in the United States as English cad Don Lockwood in the soap opera Dallas and as an English cockfighting aficionado in the mini-series Roots. Even before Lovejoy, McShane was a pin-up as a result of appearances in television series such as Wuthering Heights , If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium , Jesus of Nazareth , and Disraeli — as well as films like Sky West and Crooked and Battle of Britain .

In the United States, he is perhaps best known for the role of historical figure Al Swearengen in the HBO series Deadwood. For his performance in this role as the lead of the series, he won the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama and was also nominated for similar awards at the 2005 Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Other roles include voicing the role of Captain Hook in Shrek the Third; of Iofur Raknison in The Golden Compass; Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda ; and Mr. Bobinsky, the strange Russian neighbor in Coraline. In live-action, he has performed in the comedy Hot Rod, the action/thriller Death Race, and The Seeker. He has appeared on US TV's The West Wing as a Russian diplomat.

During the 2007–08 season, he starred as Max in the 40th anniversary Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, co-starring Eve Best, Raul Esparza and Michael McKean and directed by Daniel Sullivan, at the Cort Theatre .

In 2009, McShane appeared on the short-lived NBC television drama series Kings, which was based on the biblical story of David. 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."

In 2010, McShane starred in the TV miniseries The Pillars of the Earth as Bishop Waleran Bigod. The series was a historical drama set in England in the 12th century, adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name.

Also in 2010, Disney confirmed that McShane would play Blackbeard in the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, On Stranger Tides. In March 2011, McShane was cast to play King Brahmwell in Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Killer.

 personal life
In 1977, McShane began a turbulent 5-year relationship with actress Sylvia Kristel after meeting her on the set of The Fifth Musketeer. He is married to actress Gwen Humble.

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