Patrick Macnee (born 6 February 1922) is an English actor, best known, especially to American audiences, for his role as the secret agent John Steed in the series The Avengers.
Daniel Patrick Macnee, the elder of two sons, was born in London, to Daniel and Dorothea Mary (née Hastings) Macnee. His father trained race horses in Lambourn. His maternal grandmother was Frances Alice Hastings, who was descended from the Earls of Huntingdon.
His parents divorced after his mother declared her lesbianism and had a live-in partner (referred to in the memoirs Macnee dictated to Marie Cameron, Blind in One Ear: The Avenger Returns, as "Uncle Evelyn") who helped pay for young Patrick's schooling. He was educated at Summer Fields School & Eton College, where he was a member of the Officer Training Corps and was one of the honour guard for King George V at St George's Chapel in 1936. He was later expelled from Eton for selling pornography and being a bookmaker for his fellow students.
He enlisted in the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman in 1942 and was commissioned a Sub-Lieutenant in 1943 becoming a navigator on Motor Torpedo Boats in the English Channel and North Sea...
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