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

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 ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' 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:
* 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. This is averted with his roles in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', ''Film/PiratesofTheCarribeanOnStrangerTides'' and ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'', which he, apparently, enjoyed immensely.
!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.
* 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
* 2016 ''Series/AmericanGods'' as Mr. Wednesday[=/=][[spoiler:Odin]].