'''Ian [=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}}'', 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 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''. However, he also plays a role as good guys, such as Mr. Bobinsky in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' and King Brahmwell in ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer''.
!Tropes related to his works:
* {{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.
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: Hates ''Series/GameOfThrones'' and its fans. For some inexplicable reason, most of the fandom doesn't mind at all.
!Film Roles
* 1967 Literature/WutheringHeights as Heathcliff
* 2000 Film/SexyBeast as Teddy Bass
* 2003 Film/AgentCodyBanks as Dr. Brinkman
* 2005 Film/{{Nine Lives|2005}} 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 2014}} as Amphiaraus
* 2014 Film/JohnWick 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
* 2016 Literature/AmericanGods as Mr. Wednesday[=/=][[spoiler:Odin]].