Macnee in 1998
|Born||Daniel Patrick Macnee, Jr.
6 February 1922
Paddington, London, England
|Died||25 June 2015
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Eton College|
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
|Years active||1938 – 2003|
|Known for||John Steed|
Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye
(1988-2007; her death)
Television career[change | change source]
Macnee made his movie debut as extra in the movie Pygmalión (1938), with Leslie Howard. After World War II, he started making British television appearances in Morning Departure (1946), Hamlet (1947), Macbeth (1947), The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1950). These were all were movies made for television. In 1950, he was in some episodes of the British series BBC Sunday-Night Theatre, and in 1952 he starred in his first series Tales of Adventure as Roger Sudden. Tales of Adventure was a Canadian TV series.
Towards the end of 1950, he still acted as a guest on TV programmes in Britain, the United States and Canada. Among his great performances as a guest star include series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Rawhide, The Twilight Zone, General Motors Presents.
The big rise to fame came in 1961, playing the role of John Steed, British TV Series The Avengers. He started in the series as a co-star of Ian Hendry, but Hendry left the series at end the first season. The series remained on the air between 1961 and 1969. McNee returned to play the role of John Steed in The New Avengers (1976-1977).
He is also remembered for his voice to the presentation of the Sci Fi American television series Battlestar Galactica (1978). In the 1980s, he worked in series such as Gavilan, Magnum, P.I., Hart to Hart, Hotel, Alfred Hitchcock present. He also played role Sir John Raleigh in the TV movie, The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair (1983).
Between 1990 and 1992, he co-starred in the series Super Force as E.B. Hungerford. He played Edward Whitaker in TV series Thunder in Paradise (1994) with Hulk Hogan.
Macnee had a performance as a guest star in a double episode of the series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, with David Carradine.
Movies[change | change source]
Among his movie credits include appearances in movies The Battle of the River Plate (1956), Les Girls (1957), with Gene Kelly, Incense for the Damned (1972), King Solomon's Treasure (1979), The Howling (1988), The Hot Touch (1981), Sweet 16 (1983), and the role of Sir Godfrey Tibbett, in the James Bond movie A View to a Kill (1985). His last movie was The Low Budget Time Machine (2003)
References[change | change source]
- Patrick Macnee official website
- Patrick Macnee at the Internet Movie Database
- Patrick Macnee at Allmovie
- Avengers: The Journey Back