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Patrick Macnee, star of the 1960s TV series “The”


July 7, 2015  

He played a number of minor roles on the big and small screen in the 1940s and 1950s, before rising to fame in the original Avengers series between 1961 and 1969.
Sanjeev Bhaskar, a star of Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars At No 42, wrote: “RIP Patrick Macnee”.
His character was known for his signature style of a bowler hat and umbrella, which was used as a secret weapon.
“The Avengers television series was probably Britain’s greatest television export and is still broadcast around the world”.
Evelyn paid his way to Eton, one of the U.K.’s most prestigious boarding schools, where he developed his acting skills before being expelled for bookmaking and selling erotic pictures to his schoolmates. After that, Macnee returned to acting and hopped around Canada, The USA, and England, appearing in films like Les Girls (with Gene Kelly) and A Christmas Carol.
It quickly drew attention for, among other things, the jumpsuits worn by his female colleague Emma Peel, played by Diana Rigg.
The legendary actor was also known for his theatre roles, having appeared on Broadway during his lengthy career.
While he made his name internationally playing a smart, debonair British secret agent, Macnee was never a fan of the James Bond movies. (Both Blackman and Rigg also starred in James Bond films.).
He also played a record company boss in the film This Is Spinal Tap.
“I said, ‘No, I dont. His final marriage was to Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye in 1988. In 1998, when “The Avengers” was remade as a feature film starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman, Mr. Macnee had an offscreen part as a narrator.
He is survived by a son, daughter and grandson.
In a 2014 interview with The Lady magazine, Macnee said he believed The Avengers was a success because it “did something different and did it better”.
The reason was simple, he once said.
“It made them delight in the awareness that they could get out there and do it all, fight men, take on villains, all the kinds of stuff we showed in The Avengers“.






Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies


Actor Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers TV series, has died in California at the age of 93.
The Briton, best known for playing John Steed in the 1960s television spy series, died at home with his family at his bedside, his son Rupert said.
Macnee also played roles in theatre, appearing on Broadway, and served in the Royal Navy during World War Two.
A statement on the actor's website read: "Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories."
He died peacefully at his home in California's Rancho Mirage on Thursday, Rupert said.
Born in London, Macnee grew up in Berkshire and was educated at Summerfields Preparatory School and Eton.
At the age of 11, he acted in Henry V opposite a young Sir Christopher Lee. He first appeared in the West End while still in his teens.
He played a number of minor roles - including one in Laurence Olivier's 1948 film version of Hamlet - before rising to fame in the original Avengers series between 1961 and 1969.
The series developed a cult following around the world, the BBC's Los Angeles reporter Peter Bowes said.
Steed was known for his dress sense, always donning a bowler hat and carrying an umbrella, which was used as a secret weapon.
nullnullMacnee, centre, pictured with Lumley and Hunt in 1995
Macnee returned when that series was reprised as The New Avengers in the 1970s, appearing alongside Joanna Lumley's Purdey and Gareth Hunt's Mike Gambit.
Later, he starred on Broadway in Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth, touring internationally with that play and several other productions
He also appeared in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill, playing an ally of Roger Moore's Bond character, and made a cameo appearance as the head of a record company in This is Spinal Tap.
Sir Roger tweeted: "So very sad to hear Pat Macnee has left us.
"We were mates from 1950s and I have so many happy memories of working with him. A true gent."
Macnee featured too as a guest star in dozens of British, American and Australian TV productions.
'Ahead of their time'
In a 2014 interview with The Lady magazine, Macnee said he believed The Avengers was a success because it "did something different and did it better."
He told the magazine: "It was beautifully written, the ideas were very good, way ahead of their time and they incorporated fantasies for people who dreamed of doing exciting things."
nullMacnee and wife Katherine Woodville, who also appeared in The Avengers nullMacnee with fellow actor Richard Burton in 1973
Macnee had two children, son Rupert and daughter Kate Woodville, and one grandson.
He was married three times, including to actress Katherine Woodville, with whom he acted in The Avengers.
He had been a US citizen since 1959, according to the AP news agency.