Daniel Patrick Macnee (born February 6, 1922 in London - † June 25, 2015 in Rancho Mirage , California ) was a British - American actor and radio drama speaker . Macnee was mostly identified by the public with the role of gentleman agent John Steed , which he played in the television series With Umbrella, Charm and Melon .
life and work
His father Daniel Shrimp Macnee was a horse trainer; he drank, gambled away the family fortune, and eventually left the family. Patrick grew up with his lesbian mother Dorothea Mary (née Henry or Hastings) and her partner Evelyn. He had to wear the kilt until he was eleven , even though the family lived in southern England. Macnee almost got expelled from Eton College for pulling up a player ring. After graduating from school, he first appeared as a stage actor. He had his first small film role in The novel of a flower girl (Pygmalion , 1938).
The Second World War interrupted his beginning film career because he was drafted into the Royal Navy . After the war Macnee attended the Webber Douglas School of Dramatic Art in London on a scholarship and continued his film career as a young "Jacob Marley" in A Christmas Story ( Scrooge , 1951). Disappointed with the limited range of roles, he left England and moved to Canada and the United States as a producer . In Canada he is considered a pioneer of television there.
In 1954 he went to Broadway with a company from the Old Vic Theater in London . He later moved to Hollywood , where he made various television and film appearances. His best-known films of the 1950s include Panzerschiff Graf Spee (The Battle of the River Plate , 1956) and The Girls (1957). In 1959 Macnee returned to England, where he benefited from his experience in Hollywood and Canada. He became co-producer of the television series Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years (1960).
Shortly thereafter, he received the role that made him known worldwide, John Steed in the television series With Umbrella, Charm and Melon (The Avengers , 1961) and in the 1998 film of the same name as the voice of Invisible Jones . After the series was canceled in 1969, he had difficulties getting offers due to the close connection of his person to this role. With the new edition of the series in 1976 under the title The New Avengers , he was given the opportunity to continue playing the role of John Steed. However, the magic and charm of the original series, especially the episodes starring Diana Rigg as Emma Peel , were not possessed by the new episodes. He was then seen in the television film Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976) as Dr. Watson at the side of Roger Moore . In 1980 he appeared in the adventure film The Sea Wolves Are Coming in a supporting role as Major "Yogi" Crossley , alongside Gregory Peck , Roger Moore and David Niven . The film turned into a box office hit.
In the 1980s and 1990s he was a guest in several American television series such as Gavilan (1982), Empire (1984), in 26 episodes of the television series Thunder in Paradise (1994) with Hulk Hogan and Night Man (1997). Less well known is his role in the television series Kampfstern Galactica (1978-1980) as the star of the lofty ruler of the Cylons and as Count Iblis. He also recorded various audio books.
He had bigger roles in Joe Dante's horror film The Beast ( The Howling , 1981) as Dr. George Waggner , in Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap (1984) as Sir Denis Eton-Hogg and in the James Bond film James Bond 007 - View to a Kill ( A View to a Kill, 1985) as Sir Godfrey Tibbett . He also starred in the comedy the creature was not nice ( The Creature Was not Nice , 1983) with Leslie Nielsen in the lead role. After that, he also appeared in several television series such as In 80 days around the world ( Around The World In 80 Days , 1989) alongside Pierce Brosnan and as Dr. Watson alongside Christopher Lee . He made his last feature film in 2003 with The Low Budget Time Machine . In 2000 he worked as a narrator in documentaries about various James Bond films and about Ian Fleming .
Macnee, who took US citizenship in 1959, was with Barbara Douglas (1921–2012) from 1942 to 1956, with actress Katherine Woodville (1938–2013) from 1965 to 1969 and with Baba Majos de 1988 until her death Nagyzsenye (1914–2007) married. With his two children from his first marriage, Macnee last lived in Rancho Mirage and La Jolla in Southern California.
Patrick Macnee died in June 2015 at the age of 93 in his California home town. He left behind his son Rupert, daughter Jennifer and a grandson.
- 1938: The novel of a flower girl (Pygmalion)
- 1943: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)
- 1946: Arms and the Man (TV movie)
- 1951: A Christmas Story (Scrooge)
- 1953-1960: General Motors Presents (TV series, 27 episodes)
- 1956: Panzerschiff Graf Spee (The Battle of the River Plate)
- 1957: The Girls (Les Girls)
- 1959: Enemy behind (Mission of Danger)
- 1959: A Thousand Miles of Dust (Rawhide , TV series, episode 2x06 The Twelfth Juror)
- 1959: Twilight Zone (TV series, episode 1x10 The Ghost Ship)
- 1961–1969: With umbrella, charm and bowler hat (The Avengers , TV series, 161 episodes)
- 1971: Alias Smith and Jones (Alias Smith and Jones , TV series, episode 1x10)
- 1975: Columbo (TV series, episode 4x04 Dream Ship of Death)
- 1976: Sherlock Holmes in New York
- 1976–1977: With umbrella, charm and bowler hat (The New Avengers , TV series, 26 episodes)
- 1977: Dead of Night comes with the night
- 1978–1979: Kampfstern Galactica (Battlestar Galactica , TV series, 13 episodes)
- 1980: The Sea Wolves (The Sea Wolves)
- 1981: The Beast (The Howling)
- 1982: trial for murder (Rehearsal for Murder)
- 1983: Automan (TV series, episode 1x01 Liberation from Paradise)
- 1983: Fool in Space , (The creature wasn't nice)
- 1984: Empire (six-part television miniseries)
- 1984: Hart but cordially (Hart to Hart , TV series, episode 5x22 self-portrayal)
- 1984: Magnum (Magnum, pi , TV series, episode 4x18 Sherlock Holmes in Hawaii)
- 1985: Murder is her hobby (Murder, She Wrote , TV series, episode 2x05 The end of a career)
- 1985: James Bond 007 - A View to a Kill
- 1988: Journey back in time (Waxwork)
- 1989: Lobster Man from Mars
- 1989: Masque of the Red Death
- 1989: Linked to death (Sorry, Wrong Number)
- 1989: Kidnapped, No Ransom (Dick Francis: Blood Sport)
- 1989: McCloud accounts (The Return of Sam McCloud)
- 1989: In 80 days around the world (Around The World In 80 Days , three-part TV mini-series)
- 1990: Bradbury's Chamber of Horrors (The Ray Bradbury Theater, TV series, episode The Downfall of the House of Usher 2)
- 1990–1992: Super Force (TV series, 48 episodes)
- 1991: Best Man FBI (PSI Luv You)
- 1991: Spaceshift (Waxwork II: Lost in Time)
- 1991: Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady
- 1992: Sherlock Holmes and the Star of Africa (Incident at Victoria Falls)
- 1992: Murder is her hobby (Murder, She Wrote, TV series, episode 9x05 Defamatory Comics)
- 1994: Thunder in Paradise (TV series, 22 episodes)
- 1997: Diagnosis: Murder (TV series, episode My Father, the Spy )
- 1998: With umbrella, charm and bowler hat (The Avengers)
- 2001: Frasier (TV series, episode 8x12 The rest is silence)
- 2003: The Low Budget Time Machine
In 1968 Patrick Macnee received the Golden Bravo Otto in Germany and in 1969 the bronze Bravo Otto from the youth magazine Bravo . The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror honored Macnee with the Golden Scroll Award.
- Patrick Macnee, Marie Cameron: Blind in One Ear. The Avenger Returns. Mercury House, 1992, ISBN 0-916515-85-0 (autobiography).
- Patrick Macnee, Dave Rogers: The Avengers And Me. Titan Books, 2004, ISBN 1-8528-6801-5 (biography).
- Patrick Macnee in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Patrick Macnees Homepage on patrickmacnee.com (English)
- Biography and list of roles on theavengers.tv (English)
- "Patrick Macnee" - biography . Official website of the actor, accessed June 22, 2013
- Patrick Macnee, Marie Cameron: Blind In One Ear. P. 294 (English)
- Barbara Douglas (1921-2012). In: Internet Movie Database . Amazon.com , Inc., accessed June 26, 2015 .
- Katherine Woodville (1938-2013). In: Internet Movie Database . Amazon.com , Inc., accessed June 26, 2015 .
- The World of Patrick Macnee - Personal Life. In: the-world-of-patrick-macnee.com. Retrieved June 26, 2015 .
- Patrick Macnee obituary. In: theguardian.com. The Guardian , June 26, 2015, accessed June 26, 2015 .
- Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies. In: bbc.com. BBC , June 25, 2015, accessed June 26, 2015 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Macnee, Daniel Patrick (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British-American actor and radio play speaker|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 6, 1922|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||London , England , UK|
|DATE OF DEATH||June 25, 2015|
|Place of death||Rancho Mirage , California , United States|