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"I went to acting school, but only for nine months. If you're an actor, you know, don't really need to learn how to do it."

Daniel Patrick Macneenote  (6 February 1922 25 June 2015), better known as simply "Patrick Macnee", was a British-American actor.

He was best known for portraying the character that practically defined the Quintessential British Gentleman for television, secret agent John Steed in the 1960s series The Avengers, who was teamed with Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman), then Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), and finally Tara King (Linda Thorson). He reprised the role in the 1970s revival series, The New Avengers.

Macnee also had an extensive career in other TV productions such as Battlestar Galactica, and had quite a few supporting roles in movies such as The Howling and the James Bond film A View to a Kill.

He also had an unusual and interesting life, far from being that of a typical gent. From a rather eccentric family, he was raised by his mother and her (lesbian) partner. He was expelled from Eton for being the school bookie and pornography vendor. And during his time in the Navy in World War II, he was hospitalized with bronchitis shortly before D-Day. He later found out his torpedo boat was sunk with all hands, and hed narrowly avoided death. His experiences in the war were the main reason he was adamant that Steed almost never use a gun. He took American citizenship in 1982. More details can be found in his 1989 autobiography, Blind in One Ear: The Avenger Returns.

Not to be confused with Patrick Magee.


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