Ian McShane

1942 - Today

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Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is a British actor. He is known for his television performances, particularly as the title role in the BBC series Lovejoy (1986–1994), Al Swearengen in Deadwood (2004–2006) and its 2019 film continuation, as well as Mr. Wednesday in American Gods (2017–2021). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ian McShane has received more than 12,968,089 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Ian McShane is the 244th most popular actor (down from 238th in 2019), the 339th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 330th in 2019) and the 39th most popular British Actor.

Ian McShane is most famous for his role as Blackbeard in the TV series "Black Sails" and as Al Swearengen in the TV series "Deadwood."

Memorability Metrics

  • 13M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 67.20

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 75

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.91

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.95

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Ian McShanes by language

Over the past year Ian McShane has had the most page views in the with 2,008,823 views, followed by German (169,187), and Russian (139,309). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Simple English (222.59%), Korean (162.35%), and Irish (110.37%)


Among actors, Ian McShane ranks 244 out of 13,578Before him are Viggo Mortensen, Danny Trejo, Michel Piccoli, Bryan Cranston, Jayne Mansfield, and Jodie Foster. After him are Raffaella Carrà, Paul Walker, Kevin Spacey, Shirley Temple, Gal Gadot, and John Malkovich.

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Among people born in 1942, Ian McShane ranks 34Before him are Michael Haneke, Alassane Ouattara, Werner Herzog, Javier Solana, José Eduardo dos Santos, and Lou Reed. After him are Mohamed ElBaradei, Giorgio Agamben, Tobin Bell, Michel Mayor, Giacinto Facchetti, and Jacques Rogge.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Ian McShane ranks 339 out of 8,785Before him are John Galsworthy (1867), William Petty (1623), Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (1887), Norman Haworth (1883), Margaret Tudor (1489), and Ecgberht, King of Wessex (800). After him are William Baffin (1584), Benjamin Britten (1913), John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), David Beckham (1975), Malcolm McDowell (1943), and Chaim Herzog (1918).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Ian McShane ranks 39Before him are Vanessa Redgrave (1937), Julie Andrews (1935), Peter Sellers (1925), Jacqueline Bisset (1944), John Hurt (1940), and Robbie Coltrane (1950). After him are Malcolm McDowell (1943), Angela Lansbury (1925), Alan Bates (1934), Emma Thompson (1959), Colin Firth (1960), and Benny Hill (1924).

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