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Top 10 Facts - Ian McShane
05.15.2017
Fact #1

Son of professional soccer player Harry McShane, who played for Manchester United.

Fact #2

He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in his youth, gaining experience as an actor.

Fact #3

He played a Russian negotiator in an episode of The West Wing with Martin Sheen.

Fact #4

Ian David McShane is an English actor and voice artist. He is known for his television roles, particularly the title role in Lovejoy Al Swearengen in Deadwood and Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Fact #5

He currently portrays Mr. Wednesday in the Starz series American Gods.

Fact #6

McShane married and divorced Suzan Farmer in the 1960s. In 1977, he began a relationship with Sylvia Kristel after meeting her on the set of The Fifth Musketeer. The affair ended his marriage to his second wife, model Ruth Post, with whom he had two children, Kate and Morgan.

Fact #7

On 30 August 1980, McShane married actress Gwen Humble. They live in Venice Beach, California.

Fact #8

In 2009, McShane appeared in Kings, which was based on the biblical story of David. His portrayal of King Silas Benjamin, an analogue of King Saul, was highly praised, with one critic saying, "Whenever Kings seems to falter, McShane appears to put bite marks all over the scenery.

Fact #9

2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Winner. 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee

Fact #10

Often does voice-over work for commercials, documentaries and films, including Shrek the Third (2007), Kung Fu Panda (2008) and Coraline (2009).

Fact #11
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