Born: September 29, 1942
Birthplace: Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor. He is known for his television performances, particularly the title role in the BBC series Lovejoy (1986-1994), and as Al Swearengen on the HBO series Deadwood (2004-2006, 2019), for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama and received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nomination. His film roles include Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda (2008) and Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Since 2017, he has starred as Mr. Wednesday in the Starz series American Gods.McShane was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, to Irene (née Cowley; b. 1921) and Scottish footballer Harry McShane (1920-2012). His father was Scottish, and his mother, who was born in England, was of Irish and English descent. McShane grew up in Davyhulme, Manchester, and attended Stretford Grammar School. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was still a student there when he appeared in his first film, The Wild and the Willing (1962). McShane was a member of the National Youth Theatre.
In the United Kingdom, McShane's best known role may be that of antiques dealer Lovejoy in the eponymous series. He also enjoyed fame in the United States as British film director Don Lockwood in Dallas and as a British cockfighting aficionado in Roots. Even before Lovejoy, he was a pin-up as a result of appearances in television series, such as Wuthering Heights (1967, as Heathcliff), If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969, as Charlie), Jesus of Nazareth (1977, as Judas Iscariot), and Disraeli (1978)—as well as films like Sky West and Crooked (1965) and Battle of Britain (1969).
In the United States, he is perhaps best known for the role of historical figure Al Swearengen in the HBO series Deadwood, for which he won the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama. He was also nominated at the 2005 Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Within the science fiction community, McShane is best known for playing the character Dr. Robert Bryson in Babylon 5: The River of Souls. In a 2004 interview with The Independent, McShane stated that he wished that he had turned down the role of Bryson as he had struggled with the technical dialogue and found looking at Martin Sheen, who was wearing an eye in the middle of his forehead, to be the most embarrassing experience that he had ever had while acting.
In 1985, he appeared as an iconic MC on Grace Jones' Slave to the Rhythm, a concept album which featured his narration interspersed throughout and which sold over a million copies worldwide.
Other recent roles include Captain Hook in Shrek the Third, Iofur Raknison (known as Ragnar Sturlusson in the film) in The Golden Compass, Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda (for which he received an Annie Award nomination), and Mr. Bobinsky in Coraline. In live-action, he has performed in Hot Rod, the action/thriller Death Race, and The Seeker. He has appeared in The West Wing as a Russian diplomat. During 2007-08, he starred as Max in the 40th anniversary Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, co-starring Eve Best, Raúl Esparza, and Michael McKean, and directed by Daniel Sullivan, at the Cort Theatre (16 December 2007 - 13 April 2008).
In 2009, McShane appeared in 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 Pillars of the Earth as Bishop Waleran Bigod. The series was an historical drama set in 12th-century England and adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name.
Also in 2010, the Walt Disney Company confirmed that McShane would portray Blackbeard in the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides.
In 2013, McShane played King Brahmwell in Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer.
Since 2010, McShane has narrated the opening teases for each round of ESPN's coverage of The Open Championship. In 2012, McShane had a guest role for two episodes as Murder Santa, a sadistic serial killer in the 1960s in the second season of American Horror Story. In 2016, he joined the cast of Game of Thrones in Season 6 as Ray.
McShane announced on April 20, 2017 that a script for a two-hour Deadwood movie had been submitted by creator David Milch to HBO and that a film is as close as ever to happening. “ two-hour movie script has been delivered to HBO. If they don’t deliver, blame them," McShane said. The film began production in October 2018.
McShane married and divorced actress Suzan Farmer in the 1960s. In 1977, he began a relationship with Sylvia Kristel after meeting her on the set of The Fifth Musketeer. The affair ended his marriage to his second wife, model Ruth Post, with whom he had two children, Kate and Morgan. Through his daughter Kate, McShane has three grandchildren.
On 30 August 1980, McShane married actress Gwen Humble (born 4 December 1953). They live in Venice, California.
|1962||The Wild and the Willing||Harry Brown|
|1965||The Pleasure Girls||Keith Dexter|
|1966||Sky West and Crooked||Roibin|
|1969||If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium||Charlie Cartwright|
|1969||Battle of Britain||Sgt. Pilot Andy|
|1970||Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You||Fred C. Dobbs|
|1972||Left Hand of Gemini||Unknown|
|1972||Sitting Target||Birdy Williams|
|1973||The Last of Sheila||Anthony|
|1975||Journey into Fear||Banat|
|1977||Code Name: Diamond Head||Sean Donovan|
|1979||The Great Riviera Bank Robbery||The Brain|
|1979||The Fifth Musketeer||Fouquet|
|1979||Yesterday's Hero||Rod Turner|
|1981||Cheaper to Keep Her||Dr. Alfred Sunshine|
|1985||Ordeal by Innocence||Philip Durant|
|1985||Too Scared to Scream||Vincent Hardwick|
|1999||Babylon 5: The River of Souls||Robert Bryson, Ph.D.|
|2000||Sexy Beast||Teddy Bass|
|2003||Agent Cody Banks||Dr. Brinkman|
|2003||Nemesis Game||Jeff Novak|
|2006||We Are Marshall||Paul Griffen|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Captain Hook||Voice|
|2007||Hot Rod||Frank Powell|
|2007||The Seeker||Merriman Lyon|
|2007||The Golden Compass||Ragnar Sturlusson|
|2008||Kung Fu Panda||Tai Lung||Voice|
|2009||Case 39||Detective Mike Barron|
|2009||44 Inch Chest||Meredith||Also executive producer|
|2010||The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Narrator||Uncredited|
|2011||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||Blackbeard|
|2012||Snow White and the Huntsman||Beith|
|2013||Jack the Giant Slayer||King Brahmwell|
|2014||Cuban Fury||Ron Parfitt|
|2014||El Niño||El Inglés|
|2016||Grimsby||MI6 Spy Boss||Uncredited|
|2016||The Hollow Point||Leland|
|2017||John Wick: Chapter 2||Winston|
|2018||Here Comes the Grump||The Grump||Voice|
|2019||John Wick 3: Parabellum||Winston||Filming|
|1964||Spanner in the Grass Works||Frank Barnes|
|1966||You Can't Win||Joe Lunn||7 episodes|
|1967||Wuthering Heights||Heathcliff||4 episodes|
|1972||Whose Life Is It Anyway?||Ken Harrison||Television play|
|1975||Space: 1999||Anton Zoref||Episode: "Force of Life"|
|1975||The Lives of Jenny Dolan||Saunders||Television film|
|1976||The Fantastic Journey||Sir James Camden||Episode: "The Fantastic Journey"|
|1977||Roots||Sir Eric Russell||Episode: "Part Nine"|
|1977||Jesus of Nazareth||Judas Iscariot||2 episodes|
|1978||Will Shakespeare||Christopher Marlowe||Episode: "Dead Shepherd"|
|1978||Disraeli||Benjamin Disraeli||4 episodes|
|1978||The Pirate||Rashid||Television film|
|1980||Armchair Thriller - High Tide||Curtis||4 episodes|
|1981-1982||Magnum, P.I.||David Norman / Edwin Clutterbuck||2 episodes|
|1982||Marco Polo||Ali Ben Yussouf||2 episodes|
|1983||Bare Essence||Niko Theophilus||11 episodes|
|1983||Grace Kelly||Prince Rainier of Monaco||Television film|
|1985||Evergreen||Paul Lerner||3 episodes|
|1985||Braker||Alan Roswell||Television film|
|1986||American Playhouse||Willy Wax||Episode: "Rocket to the Moon"|
|1987||Miami Vice||Esteban Montoya||Episode: "Knock, Knock... Who's There?"|
|1988||War and Remembrance||Philip Rule||8 episodes|
|1989||Dallas||Don Lockwood||13 episodes|
|1989||Minder||Jack Last||Episode: "The Last Video Show"|
|1989||Miami Vice||Gen. Manuel Borbon||Episode: "Freefall"|
|1989||Dick Francis Mysteries: Blood Sport||David Cleveland||Television film|
|1989||Dick Francis Mysteries: In The Frame||David Cleveland||Television film|
|1989||Dick Francis Mysteries: Twice Shy||David Cleveland||Television film|
|1990||Perry Mason||Andre Marchand||Television film|
|1990||Columbo||Leland St. John||Episode: "Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo"|
|1996||Madson||John Madson||6 episodes|
|1997||The Naked Truth||Leland Banks||2 episodes|
|2002||The West Wing||Nikolai Ivanovich||Episode: "Enemies Foreign and Domestic"|
|2002||In Deep||Jamie Lamb||2 episodes|
|2003||Trust||Alan Cooper-Fozzard||6 episodes|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Dr. Chandler||Episode: "Cold Fusion"|
|2004-2006||Deadwood||Al Swearengen||36 episodes|
Episode: "Dear Vikings"
|2009||Kings||King Silas Benjamin||12 episodes|
|2010||The Pillars of the Earth||Waleran Bigod||8 episodes|
|2010||Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special||Tai Lung||Voice|
|2012||American Horror Story: Asylum||Leigh Emerson||2 episodes|
|2015||Ray Donovan||Andrew Finney||9 episodes|
|2016||Doctor Thorne||Sir Roger Scatcherd||3 episodes|
|2016||Game of Thrones||Ray||Episode: "The Broken Man"|
|2017-present||American Gods||Mr. Wednesday||Main cast|
|2019||Deadwood||Al Swearengen||Television film; also executive producer|
|2004||Television Critics Association Awards||Individual Achievement in Drama||Deadwood||Won|
|2005||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor - Television Series Drama||Won|
|2005||Gotham Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||Nine Lives||Nominated|
|2005||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Deadwood||Nominated|
|2005||Satellite Awards||Best Actor - Television Series Drama||Nominated|
|2005||Television Critics Association Awards||Individual Achievement in Drama||Nominated|
|2006||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2007||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2009||Annie Awards||Best Voice Acting in an Animated Featured Production||Kung Fu Panda||Nominated|
|2010||San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Cast||44 Inch Chest||Won|
|2010||Satellite Awards||Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film||The Pillars of the Earth||Nominated|
|2011||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|2011||Golden Nymph Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Villain||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||Nominated|
|2018||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actor in a Drama Series||American Gods||Nominated|