McShane, Ian 1942–

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McShane, Ian 1942-


Born September 29, 1942, in Blackburn, Lancashire, England; son of Harry (a professional soccer player) and Irene (maiden name, Cowley) McShane; married Suzan Farmer (an actress), 1965 (divorced, 1968); married Ruth Post (marriage ended, 1976); married Gwendolyn Marie Humble (an actress), August 30, 1980; children: (second marriage) Kate, Morgan. Education: Trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


Agent—Lisa Gallant, International Creative Management, 10250 Constellation Way, 9th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067.


Actor, producer, and director. McShane Productions, founder, 1980s; performed voice work for commercials.


British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild.

Awards, Honors:

Gotham Award nomination (with others), best ensemble cast, Independent Features Project, 2005, for Nine Lives; Television Critics Association award, individual achievement in drama, 2004, Golden Globe Award, best actor in a television drama series, Golden Satellite Award nomination, outstanding actor in a series—drama, International Press Academy, Emmy Award nomination, best lead actor in a drama series, and Television Critics Association Award nomination, individual achievement in drama, all 2005, Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, outstanding actor in a drama series, 2006, and outstanding ensemble in a drama series (with others), 2007, all for Deadwood.


Television Appearances; Series:

Joe Lunn, You Can't Win, BBC, 1966.

Niko Theophilus, Bare Essence, 1983.

Title role, Lovejoy (also known as Lovejoy Mysteries), BBC, 1986-94, then Arts and Entertainment, beginning 1991.

John Madson, Madson, 1996.

Al Swearengen, Deadwood, HBO, 2004-2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights, BBC, 1967.

Sir Eric Russell, Roots, 1977.

Judas Iscariot, Jesus of Nazareth (also known as Gesu di Nazareth), 1977.

Christopher Marlowe, Life of Shakespeare (also known as William Shakespeare: His Life & Times and Will Shakespeare), 1978.

Rashid, The Pirate (also known as Harold Robbins' "The Pirate"), 1978.

Benjamin Disraeli, "Disraeli" (also known as "Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic"), Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1979.

Ali Ben Yussouf, 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.

Television Appearances; Movies:

"Thank You and Goodnight," Armchair Theatre, BBC, 1962.

Geoffrey, "The Signal Box of Grandpa Hudson," Armchair Theatre, BBC, 1966.

Saunders, The Lives of Jenny Dolan, 1975.

Sean Donavan, Father Horton, and Colonel Butler, Code Name: Diamond Head, 1977.

Peter Curtis, "High Tide," Armchair Thriller, BBC, 1980.

Geoff Hammond, The Letter, 1982.

Prince Rainier of Monaco, Grace Kelly (also known as The Grace Kelly 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 Blood Sport), CBS, 1989.

Andre Marchand, Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception, NBC, 1990.

Leland St. John, Columbo: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo (also known as Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo), ABC, 1990.

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.

Marty Mann, Man and Boy, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Mick, "The Caretaker," ITV Play of the Week (also known as Play of the Week), ITV, 1966.

Frank, "The Private Tutor," The Wednesday Play, BBC, 1966.

Caulfield, "Funeral Games," ITV Playhouse, ITV, 1968.

Tom, "A Sound from the Sea," ITV Playhouse, ITV, 1970.

Willy Wax, Rocket to the Moon, 1986.

Marbury, "Barrington," CBS Summer Playhouse, CBS, 1987.

Charles Chaplin, Sr., "Young Charlie Chaplin" (also known as "Charlie Chaplin"), Wonderworks, 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.

Narrator, Jack and Bill, ITV, 2001.

Narrator, Terror in Moscow, Channel 4, 2003.

Making "Deadwood:" The Show Behind the Show, HBO, 2004.

Making "Deadwood:" Season Two, HBO, 2005.

Himself, Forty Years of Fuck, 2005.

Cast presenter, AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sean Connery, USA Network, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Sapper Russell, "Epitaph for a Sweet," Redcap, BBC, 1964.

David Garrick, "The Wicked Stage," Rogues' Gallery, 1969.

Dan Markson, "The Chasers," Police Woman, 1975.

Anton Zoref, "Force of Life," Space: 1999, 1975.

Paul, "Now I Lay Me Down to Die," Matt Helm, 1975.

"The Slaver," Most Wanted, 1976.

Sir James Camden, "Vortex," The Fantastic Journey, 1977.

David Norman, "Skin Deep," Magnum, P.I., 1981.

Edwin Clutterbuck, "Black on White," Magnum, P.I., 1982.

Esteban Montoya, "Knock, Knock, Who's There?," Miami Vice, 1987.

General Manuel Borbon, "Freefall," Miami Vice, 1989.

Don Lockwood, "Wedding Bell Blues," Dallas, 1989.

Don Lockwood, "The Serpent's Tooth," Dallas, 1989.

Don Lockwood, "Three Hundred," Dallas, 1989.

Don Lockwood, "And Away We Go!," Dallas, 1989.

Jack Last, "The Last Video Show," Minder, ITV, 1989.

Himself, Pebble Mill at One (also known as Pebble Mill), BBC1, 1995.

Leland Banks, "Things Change, The Naked Truth (also known as Wilde Again), NBC, 1997.

Leland Banks, "Bridesface Revisited," The Naked Truth (also known as Wilde Again), NBC, 1997.

Narrator, "Bette Davis," The Hollywood Greats, BBC1, 1999.

Narrator, Wild and Dangerous, Animal Planet, 2000.

Jack, "Jack's Back," Thieves, ABC, 2001.

Jamie Lamb, "Untouched: Parts 1 & 2," In Deep, BBC, 2001.

Nikolai Ivanovich, "Enemies Foreign and Domestic," The West Wing, NBC, 2002.

Alan Cooper-Fozzard, Trust, BBC, three episodes, 2003.

Chandler, "Cold Fusion," The Twilight Zone, UPN, 2003.

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Bravo, 2006.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

Aspel & Company, ITV, 1993.

Richard & Judy, Channel 4, 2004.

GMTV, ITV, 2004.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2005.

Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 2005.

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, BBC, 2005.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS, 2006.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2005.

The WIN Awards, PAX, 2005.

Presenter, The 63rd Annual Golden Globe awards, NBC, 2005.

Presenter, The 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2006.

Television Appearances; Other:

First Night: Funny Noises with Their Mouths, 1963.

Ken Harrison, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, BBC, 1972.

Ian Deegan, White Goods, 1994.

Otis Cooke, Soul Survivors, 1995.

Dream Team (pilot; also known as D.R.E.A.M. Team), syndicated, 1999.

Television Work; Series:

Executive producer, Madson, 1996.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Eric of Arabia," Lovejoy (also known as Lovejoy Mysteries), BBC, 1992.

"The Colour of Mary," Lovejoy (also known as Lovejoy Mysteries), BBC, 1993.

"A Going Concern," Lovejoy (also known as Lovejoy Mysteries), BBC, 1993.

"The Last of the Uzkoks," Lovejoy (also known as Lovejoy Mysteries), BBC, 1994.

Film Appearances:

Harry, The Wild and the Willing (also known as Young and Willing), Universal, 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 Cartwright, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, United Artists, 1969.

Sergeant Pilot Andy, Battle of Britain, United Artists, 1969.

Fred C. Dobbs, Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You, 1970.

Wolfe Lissner, Villain, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971.

Mitch, Freelance, 1971.

Left Hand of Gemini, 1972.

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, Warner Bros., 1973.

Ray Petrie, The Terrorists (also known as Ransom), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1975.

Banat, Journey into Fear (also known as Burn Out), 1975.

Rod Turner, Yesterday's Hero, 1979.

The brain, The Great Riviera Bank Robbery (also known as Dirty Money and Sewers of Gold), 1979.

Fouquet, The Fifth Musketeer (also known as Behind the Iron Mask and Das geheimnis der eisernen maske), Sony Pictures Releasing, 1979.

Dr. Alfred Sunshine, Cheaper to Keep Her, American Cinema Releasing, 1980.

Greg Miller, Exposed, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1983.

Sidney, Torchlight, 1984.

Philip Durant, Ordeal by Innocence, 1984.

Vincent Hardwick, Too Scared to Scream (also known as The Doorman), The Movie Store, 1985.

Beliayev, A Month in the Country, 1985.

Con Man, 1992.

Teddy Bass, Sexy Beast, Fox Searchlight, 2000.

Frank, Bollywood Queen, Redbus Film Distribution, 2002.

Brinkman, Agent Cody Banks (also known as L'Agent Cody Banks), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2003.

Jeff Novak, Nemesis Game, Lions Gate Films, 2003.

Larry, Nine Lives, Magnolia Pictures, 2005.

Joe Strombel, Scoop, Focus Features, 2006.

Paul Griffen, We Are Marshall, Warner Bros., 2006.

Voice of Captain Hook, Shrek the Third (animated; also known as Shrek 3 and The Third), Paramount, 2007.

Frank Powell, Hot Rod, Paramount, 2007.

Detective Mike Barron, Case 39, Paramount, 2007.

Ragnar Sturlusson, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (also known as His Dark Materials: Northern Lights), New Line Cinema, 2007.

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's 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, Watford, England, 1982.

Robert, Betrayal, Actors for Themselves Theatre, CA, 1983.

Bill Maitland, Inadmissible Evidence, Actors for Themselves Theatre, 1984, then Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles, 1985.

The Admirable Crichton, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, 1997.

Paul, Yield of the Long Bond, Matrix Theatre, 1998.

Daryl Van Horne, The Witches of Eastwick (musical), Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, 2000-2001.

Major Tours:

Hal, Loot, British cities, 1965.



Sir John Mills' "Moving Memories," 2000.

War & Remembrance: Behind the Scenes, MPI Home Video, 2004.


Contributor to the original cast recording of The Witches of Eastwick.



Radio Times, September 25, 2004, pp. 26-28.

Times (London), July 21, 2000, p. S8.

TV Guide, March 27, 2005, pp. 42-43.