Ian McShane (born 29th September 1942) is a renowned English actor who is perhaps best known as the eponymous character in popular British series Lovejoy, his fierce performance as the terrifying yet complex saloon owner Al Swearengen in Deadwood and as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.Versatile, talented and with a distinctive, purring voice, McShane is a Rule of Sean Connery 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 Jesus of Nazareth, Blackbeard in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film and bisexual Gayngster Teddy Bass in Sexy Beast. However, he also plays a role as good guys, such as Mr. Bobinsky in Coraline and King Brahmwell in Jack the Giant Slayer.
Tropes related to his works:
- Badass: Whatever role he's playing will inevitably be this.
- Badass Baritone: His melifluous, purring voice is very distinctive.
- Badass Beard: He has some of the best facial hair in the business.
- Classically Trained Extra: Hates Game of Thrones and its fans. For some inexplicable reason, most of the fandom doesn't mind at all.
- 1967 Wuthering Heights as Heathcliff
- 2000 Sexy Beast as Teddy Bass
- 2003 Agent Cody Banks as Dr. Brinkman
- 2005 Nine Lives as Larry
- 2006 Scoop as Joe Strombel
- 2006 We Are Marshall as Paul Griffen
- 2007 Shrek the Third as Captain Hook
- 2007 Hot Rod as Frank Powell
- 2007 The Seeker as Merriman Lyon
- 2007 The Golden Compass as Ragnar Sturlusson
- 2008 Kung Fu Panda as Tai Lung
- 2008 Death Race as Coach
- 2009 Coraline as Mr. Bobinsky
- 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as Blackbeard
- 2012 Snow White and the Huntsman as Beith
- 2013 Jack the Giant Slayer as King Brahmwell
- 2014 Cuban Fury as Ron Parfitt
- 2014 Hercules (2014) as Amphiaraus
- 2014 John Wick as Winston.
- 1977 Jesus of Nazareth as Judas Iscariot
- 1986–1994 Lovejoy as Lovejoy
- 1989 Dallas as Don Lockwood
- 2004–2006 Deadwood as Al Swearengen
- 2009 Kings as King Silas Benjamin
- 2010 The Pillars of the Earth as Waleran Bigod
- 2012 American Horror Story: Asylum as Leigh Emerson
- 2015 Ray Donovan as Andrew Finney
- 2016 Game of Thrones as Septon Ray
- 2016 American Gods as Mr. Wednesday/Odin.