Ian McShane

1942 - Today

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Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor, singer, and voice artist. He is known for his television performances, particularly the title role in the BBC series Lovejoy (1986–1994) and as Al Swearengen in Deadwood (2004–2006) and its 2019 film continuation, the original series garnering him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama and a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He currently portrays Mr. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ian McShane has received more than 8,069,189 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Ian McShane is the 238th most popular actor (down from 221st in 2019), the 342nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 350th in 2019) and the 37th 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."

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  • 74.79

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  • 69

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  • 4.83

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  • 5.14

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Among actors, Ian McShane ranks 238 out of 10,030. Before him are Christopher Reeve, Jessica Lange, Sidney Poitier, Liv Ullmann, James Coburn, and Kim Basinger. After him are Roy Scheider, Mickey Rourke, Benny Hill, Marcel Marceau, Paul Hogan, and John Cazale.

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Among people born in 1942, Ian McShane ranks 28Before him are Brian Jones, Ted Kaczynski, Giorgio Agamben, Calvin Klein, Werner Herzog, and Daniel Barenboim. After him are Ehud Barak, Lou Reed, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, John Wayne Gacy, José Eduardo dos Santos, and Jochen Rindt.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Ian McShane ranks 342 out of 6,924. Before him are Enid Blyton (1897), Randal Cremer (1828), Charles Lyell (1797), William Crookes (1832), Millvina Dean (1912), and Rod Stewart (1945). After him are Arthur Eddington (1882), Harold Pinter (1930), Thomas Paine (1737), Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (1220), John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), and Benny Hill (1924).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Ian McShane ranks 37Before him are Jacqueline Bisset (1944), Patrick Stewart (1940), Jeremy Irons (1948), Angela Lansbury (1925), Daniel Day-Lewis (1957), and Malcolm McDowell (1943). After him are Benny Hill (1924), Alec Guinness (1914), Peter Sellers (1925), David Niven (1910), Hugh Grant (1960), and Albert Finney (1936).

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