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Patrick Macnee
Patrick Macnee
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Born:
February 06, 1922
Birth Name:
Daniel Patrick Macnee
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Pat
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Awards:
1 win.
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Some Facts
Has played the role of Algernon Moncrieff in three different television productions of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest".
Best known by the public for his starring role as Secret Agent John Steed on The Avengers (1961).
Became a United States citizen in 1959. In addition to his acting career, Macnee worked as a television producer in Britain, the United States and Canada. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of Canadian television.
He was born to a wealthy and extraordinarily eccentric family. As his father (Daniel Macnee), a race horse trainer, drank and gambled the family's money away, his mother (Dorothea Mary Henry) took young Patrick to live with her lover, Evelyn, in a huge mansion in southern England, where he wore kilts until the age of 11.
He was forced to retire from acting due to problems with arthritis, but can still do voiceover work.
Personal Quotes
I loved Ingrid Bergman. I sat and saw her on the stage in a theater in the round. I'm looking at an armchair, which from where I'm sitting now is about 2 foot (away). I saw in this circular theater in Chichester in a play by Somerset Maugham, Ingrid Bergman with a dress on which was her naked back down to just before her buttocks, you know? And I could reach out and touch them if I wanted to. That's probably the most erotic thing I've ever seen in my life - Ingrid Bergman walking around in a theater-in-the-round in a backless dress, not long before she died.
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In the year 1960, which I think was when the Bond films started, somebody said, when I was in Canada, when I was preparing to do The Avengers (1961), they said, "Will you read the Bond stories by Ian Fleming to get an idea of your character?". And I read it and said, "I would like to play, and in fact, I will not be in the show at all unless I can play, the part completely opposite to James Bond." I find James Bond repulsive, sadistic and, of course, we now read the life of Ian Fleming and realize that he liked smacking women's bottoms more than anything else. Just read it.
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[on Citizen Kane (1941)] It isn't that great, anyway. And Orson Welles I knew well, of course. He made other incredible films that no one would let him make, which were much better than Citizen Kane, really.
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[on Patrick McGoohan] Pat is one of the best actors there's ever been. Trouble was, he drank. So it limited his career.
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[on Laurence Olivier's performance in Sleuth (1972)] The thing about Olivier, he was too big, you see? He was trying to be a little like that man should be, which is a little sort of upper class, probably a repressed homosexual. I think that the wife obviously led him a pretty dance. Olivier missed all of these points. I was rather good at that because I was able to get all of the subtlety out of the fact that he must have had a miserable life with the wife because he was a closet queen, you know?
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