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->''"Every actor has to love and loathe the character he plays."''

Ian David [=McShane=] (born 29th September 1942) is a renowned English actor who is perhaps best known as the eponymous character in popular British series ''Series/{{Lovejoy}}'', for his fierce performance as the terrifying yet complex saloon owner Al Swearengen in ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'', and as Blackbeard in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''.

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 screen have been predominantly villainous, including Judas Iscariot in ''Series/JesusOfNazareth'', Blackbeard in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' and bisexual {{Gayngster}} Teddy Bass in ''Film/SexyBeast''. However, he also plays good guys, such as Mr. Bobinsky in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' and King Brahmwell in ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer''. Incidentally, he was at drama school with Creator/JohnHurt, and they shared an apartment, leading to a lifelong friendship.
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!Tropes related to his works:
* BadassBaritone: His mellifluous, purring voice is very distinctive.
* BadassBeard: He has some of the best facial hair in the business.
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: This is averted with his roles in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' and ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'', which he, apparently, enjoyed immensely. He seems to enjoy the weirder, blockbuster-y roles just as much as classical theater.
** He has, however, made his disdain for everything involving ''Series/GameOfThrones'' and its fanbase (except his long-time friends Stephen Dillane and Charles Dance) abundantly clear in everything he has done relating to that. This contempt led to the [[MemeticMutation memetic phrase "Get a fucking life! It's just tits and dragons!"]]

!Film Roles
* 1967 ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' as Heathcliff
* 2000 ''Film/SexyBeast'' as Teddy Bass
* 2003 ''Film/AgentCodyBanks'' as Dr. Brinkman
* 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 2014}}'' as Amphiaraus
* 2014 ''Film/JohnWick'' as Winston.
* 2017 ''Film/JohnWickChapter2'' as Winston.

!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
* 2015 ''Series/RayDonovan'' as Andrew Finney
* 2016 ''Series/GameOfThrones'' as Septon Ray
* 2017 ''Series/AmericanGods2017'' as Mr. Wednesday[=/=][[spoiler:Odin]].
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