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Ian McShane stars in "Snow White and the Huntsman," opposite Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, as Beith. In spring 2013, McShane will leave his dark side behind to play the good King Brahmwell, opposite Ewan McGregor, in New Line Cinema's "Jack the Giant Killer," directed by Bryan Singer.

With his portrayals of bad guys, scoundrels and thieves, a lawless saloon owner to the sexiest of beastly British mobsters, award-winning actor Ian McShane has, time and again, captured the
Ian McShane in "Kings"
Ian McShane Kings
public's attention. Classically trained, with a voice like none other, he has a range for rogues and other multifaceted characters on television, on the silver screen, on the boards and as a voice-over artist.

McShane recently starred opposite Johnny Depp as the fearsome pirate Blackbeard in Disney's billion-dollar blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

McShane earned the coveted Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama for his versatile performance as Al Swearengen in HBO's "Deadwood." His charismatic and alluring performance also led him to a 2005 Emmy nomination as well as 2005 and 2006 SAG nominations for Lead Actor. In 2005, People magazine named him "TV's Sexiest Villain." McShane's performance in "Deadwood" gained him a wave of critical acclaim which included receiving the Television Critics Association's annual award for "Individual Achievement in Drama" and being selected as one of GQ's "Men of the Year." They described the character of Swearengen as "infectious" and "darkly irresistible." The New York Times dubbed McShane as "One of the Most Interesting Villains on Television," and Rolling Stone Magazine bestowed him the title of "Hot Barkeep" and described his character as "played to perfection."

In 2008 Ian McShane was heard as the evil snow leopard Tai Lung in "Kung Fu Panda." He also opened on Broadway to rave reviews in Daniel Sullivan's revival of "The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter for which he shared with his fellow actors a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. In 2009 McShane was seen in "44 Inch Chest," a drama from the same creative team as "Sexy Beast," directed by Malcolm Venville, and Paramount's thriller "Case 39," playing a detective opposite Renee Zellweger. McShane also voiced the character of Mr. Bobinsky in the animated feature "Coraline," an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's international best-selling book, directed by Henry Selick.

McShane has added his vocal prowess to characters such as Ragnar Sturlsson in New Line's "The Golden Compass," alongside Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig and Captain Hook in "Shrek The Third." McShane has appeared in eclectic roles in films such as McG's "We Are Marshall" for Warner Bros., Paul W.S. Anderson's "Death Race" for Universal, Woody Allen's "Scoop," Harald Zwart's "Agent Cody Banks" for MGM, Rodrigo Garcia's "Nine Lives" and Jonathan Glazer's critically acclaimed "Sexy Beast," giving a riveting performance as the handsome yet dark and sinister Teddy Bass, which prompted one London writer to declare him "the king of cool."

McShane has also enjoyed a long and diverse career on both British and American television. Most recently, he appeared in 2010's Emmy-nominated "The Pillars of the Earth" as the conniving Waleran Bigod, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, and in NBC's "Kings" as the ruthless King Silas Benjamin. He also had a notable role in David Wolper's seminal 1970s miniseries, "Roots," as well as BBC and BBC America's "Trust," playing the eccentric megalomaniacal head of the firm, Alan Cooper-Fozzard. Starring turns in "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" for Granada TV, as Heathcliff in "Wuthering Heights" for the BBC and in Harold Pinter's Emmy Award-winning "The Caretaker" are among his other television highlights. McShane has also stepped into roles as well known figures, taking on such parts as Judas in NBC's "Jesus of Nazareth," directed by Franco Zeffirelli; Prince Rainer in the network's "The Grace Kelly Story" and the title role in Masterpiece Theatre's "Disraeli. Additional miniseries credits include "Charlie The Kid," "A.D.," "The Great Escape," "Marco Polo," "Evergreen," and "War and Remembrance."

In the late 80's the actor formed McShane Productions, which produced the much-adored "Lovejoy" for the BBC and A&E. "Lovejoy" gave him a vehicle to star in as well as to produce and direct. He followed that lovable rogue character with the darker and more serious "Madson," which he produced and starred as the title character and the dramedy "Soul Surviors" for BBC and Showtime. "Lovejoy" is currently enjoying a revival with audiences worldwide.

In 2000, McShane returned to the West End in London to make his musical debut in Cameron Mackintosh's "The Witches of Eastwick," as Darryl Van Horne. His varied stage career has included roles as Hal in the original cast of "Loot," the title role of "The Admirable Crichton" at the Chichester Festival, Tom in "The Glass Menagerie," and Charlie in "The Big Knife." McShane co-starred with Judi Dench and Ian McKellen in "The Promise," which successfully played in London and debuted on Broadway. In Los Angeles, McShane starred in three productions at The Matrix Theatre, including the world premiere of Larry Atlas' "Yield of the Long Bond," and he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award for his roles in "Inadmissible Evidence" and "Betrayal."

Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, to parents Irene and Harry McShane, the latter a soccer player for Manchester United, McShane originally planned to follow in his father's footballer steps until his high school teacher encouraged him to be an actor. McShane landed a spot at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; just before his graduation, he got his first break, playing the lead role in the 1962 film "The Wild and the Willing." He later revealed that he had told his acting teacher that he had a dentist's appointment, and ditched class to audition for the role. His debut led to roles in "The Battle of Britain," "The Last of Sheila," "Villain," opposite Richard Burton, Casper Wrede's "The Terrorists," opposite Sean Connery, and James Toback's "Exposed." McShane has now starred in more than forty films.

He and his wife, Gwen Humble, reside in California.

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Age: 74 years old
Birthday: September 29, 1942
Height: 5' 9"
Birthplace: Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK
Wife: Gwen Humble (8/30/1980)
Ruth Post (1970 - 1977, divorced, 2 children)
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