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'''Ian [=McShane=]''' (born 29th September 1942) is a renowned English actor who, despite his numerous roles in film, is perhaps best known for his work on the small screen. In particular as the eponymous character in popular British series ''Series/{{Lovejoy}}'' and of course, his fierce performance as the terrifying yet complex saloon owner Al Swearengen on the gone-too-soon series ''Series/{{Deadwood}}''.

Versatile, talented and with a distinctive, purring voice, [=McShane=] is a RuleOfSeanConnery actor. Whatever project he's involved with, it becomes a lot better because of his presence.

His many roles on the silver screen have been predominantly villainous including Judas Iscariot in ''Series/JesusOfNazareth'', Blackbeard in the fourth ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film and bisexual Gayngster Teddy Bass in ''Film/SexyBeast'' (as well as the very similar if somewhat more benign role of Meredith in ''44 Inch Chest'').
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!Tropes:
* {{Badass}}: Whatever role he's playing will inevitably be this.
* BadassBaritone: His melifluous, purring voice is very distinctive.
* BadassBeard: He has some of the best facial hair in the business.
!Film Roles
* 1967 Literature/WutheringHeights as Heathcliff
* 2000 Film/SexyBeast as Teddy Bass
* 2003 Film/AgentCodyBanks as Dr. Brinkman
* 2005 Film/NineLives as Larry
* 2006 Film/{{Scoop}} as Joe Strombel
* 2006 Film/WeAreMarshall as Paul Griffen
* 2007 WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird as Captain Hook
* 2007 Film/HotRod as Frank Powell
* 2007 Film/TheSeeker as Merriman Lyon
* 2007 Film/TheGoldenCompass as Ragnar Sturlusson
* 2008 WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda as Tai Lung
* 2008 Film/DeathRace as Coach
* 2009 WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} as Mr. Bobinsky
* 2011 Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides as Blackbeard
* 2012 Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman as Beith
* 2013 Film/JackTheGiantSlayer as King Brahmwell
* 2014 Film/CubanFury as Ron Parfitt
* 2014 Film/{{Hercules}} as Amphiaraus
!Television Roles
* 1977 Series/JesusOfNazareth as Judas Iscariot
* 19861994 Series/{{Lovejoy}} as Lovejoy
* 1989 Series/{{Dallas}} as Don Lockwood
* 20042006 Series/{{Deadwood}} as Al Swearengen
* 2009 Series/{{Kings}} as King Silas Benjamin
* 2010 Literature/ThePillarsOfTheEarth as Waleran Bigod
* 2012 Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum as Leigh Emerson
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