Ian McShane Biography (1942-)

Born September 29, 1942, in Blackburn, Lancashire, England; son of Harry andIrene (maiden name, Cowley) McShane; married Suzan Farmer (an actress), 1965(divorced, 1968); married Ruth Post (marriage ended); married Gwen Humble (anactress), 1981.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
September 29, 1942
Blackburn, Lancashire, England

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Christopher Marlowe, Life of Shakespeare (also known as WilliamShakespeare: His Life and Times), 1978
  • Niko Theophilus, Bare Essence, 1983
  • Title role, Lovejoy (also known as Lovejoy Mysteries), BBC,beginning in 1986, then Arts and Entertainment, beginning in 1991
  • Don Lockwood, Dallas, 1989
  • John Madson, Madson, 1996
  • Miniseries
  • Sir Eric Russell, Roots, 1977
  • Judas Iscariot, Jesus of Nazareth (also known as Gesu di Nazareth), 1977
  • Rashid, The Pirate (also known as Harold Robbins' The Pirate), 1978
  • Benjamin Disraeli, "Disraeli," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1979
  • Ali Ben Youssouf, Marco Polo, 1982
  • Sejanus, A.D. (also known as A.D.--Anno Domini), 1985
  • Paul Lerner, Evergreen, 1985
  • Roger Bushell, The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, NBC, 1988
  • Philip Rule, War and Remembrance, ABC, 1989
  • Movies
  • Saunders, The Lives of Jenny Dolan, 1975
  • Sean Donavan, Father Horton, and Colonel Butler, Code Name: Diamond Head, 1977
  • Geoff Hammond, The Letter, 1982
  • Prince Rainier of Monaco, Grace Kelly (also known as The GraceKelly Story), 1983
  • Alan Roswell, Braker, 1985
  • Prefect of police, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, 1986
  • Flanagan, Grand Larceny, syndicated, 1987
  • David Cleveland, Dick Francis: Twice Shy (also known as Twice Shy), syndicated, 1989
  • David Cleveland, Dick Francis: In the Frame (also known as In the Frame), syndicated, 1989
  • David Cleveland, Dick Francis: Blood Sport (also known as BloodSport), CBS, 1989
  • Andre Marchand, Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception,NBC, 1990
  • Leland St. John, Columbo: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo (also knownas Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo), ABC, 1990
  • Lovejoy, Lovejoy: The Lost Colony, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Dr. Robert Bryson, Babylon 5: The River of Souls (also known as The River of Souls and River of Souls: A Babylon 5 Adventure), TNT, 1998
  • Also appeared in Dirty Money.
  • Specials
  • Willy Wax, Rocket to the Moon, 1986
  • Marbury, Barrington, CBS, 1987
  • Charles Chaplin, Sr., Young Charlie Chaplin, PBS, 1989
  • Messenger, Chain Letter, ABC, 1989
  • Backstage at Masterpiece Theatre: A 20th Anniversary Special, PBS,1991
  • Narrator, Monty Roberts: A Real Horse Whisperer, PBS, 1998
  • Episodic
  • Sapper Russell, "Epitaph for a Sweet," Redcap, 1965
  • Anton Zoref, "Force of Life," Space: 1999, 1975
  • "Now I Lay Me Down to Die," Matt Helm, 1975
  • "Vortex," The Fantastic Journey, 1977
  • David Norman, "Skin Deep," Magnum, P.I., 1981
  • Edwin Clutterbuck, "Black on White," Magnum, P.I., 1982
  • Jack Last, "The Last Video Show," Minder, 1989
  • Robert Bryson, Babylon 5, TNT, 1994
  • Leland Banks, The Naked Truth, NBC, 1997
  • Dream Team (also known as D.R.E.A.M. Team), syndicated, 1999
  • Narrator, Wild and Dangerous, Animal Planet, 2000
  • Also appeared in episodes of Miami Vice and Tales.
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Curtis, High Tide, BBC, 1980
  • Otis Cooke, Soul Survivors, 1995
  • Also appeared as Ken Harrison, Whose Life Is It Anyway? BBC;appeared in A Month in the Country, BBC; A Sound from the Sea,BBC; and Wuthering Heights, BBC.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Executive producer, Madson, 1996
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • Director of episodes of Lovejoy (also known as Lovejoy Mysteries), BBC, beginning in 1986, then Arts and Entertainment, beginning in 1991.
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Harry, The Wild and the Willing (also known as Young and Willing), 1962
  • Keith Dexter, The Pleasure Girls (also known as Die Goldpuppen), 1965
  • "Gypsie" Roibin, Gypsy Girl (also known as Sky West and Crooked), 1966
  • Charlie, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, 1969
  • Sergeant Pilot Andy, Battle of Britain, 1969
  • Fred Dobbs, Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You, 1970
  • Wolfe Lissner, Villain, 1971
  • Birdy Williams, Sitting Target, 1972
  • Tom Lynn, Tam Lin (also known as The Ballad of Tam-Lin, The Devil's Widow, and The Devil's Woman), 1972
  • Anthony, The Last of Sheila, 1973
  • Ray Petrie, The Terrorists (also known as Ransom), 1975
  • Banat, Journey into Fear (also known as Burn Out), 1975
  • Rod Turner, Yesterday's Hero, 1979
  • The brain, The Great Riviera Bank Robbery, 1979
  • Fouquet, The Fifth Musketeer (also known as Behind the Iron Mask and Das Geheimnis der eisernen Maske), 1979
  • Dr. Alfred Sunshine, Cheaper to Keep Her, 1980
  • Greg Miller, Exposed, 1983
  • Sidney, Torchlight, 1984
  • Philip Durant, Ordeal by Innocence, 1984
  • Hardwick, Too Scared to Scream (also known as The Doorman),1985
  • Con Man, 1992
  • Teddy Bass, Sexy Beast, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2000
  • Also appeared in Freelance.
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Charley, Infanticide in the House of Fred August, Arts Theatre, London, 1962
  • Johnnie Leigh, How Are You, Johnnie? Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1963
  • Ralph, The Easter Man, Globe Theatre, London, 1964
  • Tom, The Glass Menagerie, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1965
  • Marat, The Promise, Playhouse, Oxford, England, then Fortune Theatre, London, later (New York debut) Henry Miller Theatre, all 1967
  • John Sutcliffe, Ellen, Hampstead Theatre, London, 1971
  • Jacques, As You Like It, Long Beach Theatre Festival, Long Beach,CA, 1979
  • Charlie Castle, The Big Knife, Watford Palace Theatre, 1982
  • Robert, Betrayal, Actors for Themselves Theater, CA, 1983
  • Bill Maitland, Inadmissible Evidence, Actors for Themselves Theater, 1984, then Matrix, Los Angeles, 1985
  • The Admirable Crichton, Chichester, England, 1997
  • Yield of the Long Bond, Matrix Theatre, 1998
  • Daryl Van Horne, The Witches of Eastwick (musical), Theatre RoyalDrury Lane, London, 2000-01
  • Major Tours
  • Hal, Loot, British cities, 1965

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • Times July 21, 2000, (London), p. S8.
    Other:
    • Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, November 26, 1993, p. 1126K5471.

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