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Ian McShane


  Male      English      Actor

  Born : Sep 29, 1942  


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Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor, director, producer and voice artist.

Despite appearing in numerous films, McShane is best known for his television roles, particularly BBC's Lovejoy (1986–94) and HBO's drama series Deadwood (2004–06). McShane starred as King Silas Benjamin in the NBC series Kings, Bishop Waleran in The Pillars of the Earth, Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda, and as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

McShane was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on 29 September 1942, the son of Irene (née Cowley) and footballer Harry McShane. His father was Scottish and his mother, who was born in England, was of Irish and English descent. McShane grew up in Urmston, Lancashire, 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, 1962's The Wild and the Willing. McShane was a member of National Youth Theatre..


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