Ian McShane


Ian McShane Trivia


  • Trivia

    • He was encouraged to pursue acting by his drama teacher after performing in school plays.

    • He formed the production company McShane Productions in the late 1980s.

    • He is a fan of the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings.

    • He was voted "TV's Sexiest Villain" in 2005 by People Magazine.

    • He was named one of GQ's "Men of the Year" in 2005.

    • He has appeared in the following plays:
      -The Witches of Eastwick
      -The Glass Menagerie
      -The Promise
      -How Are You Johnnie?
      -The Easter Man
      -The Admirable Chrichton
      -The Yield of the Long Bon
      -Infanticide in the House of Fred Ginger

    • He made his feature film debut in The Wild and the Willing. He made his television debut in the Z Cars episode "A Stroll Along the Sands". He made his American television debut in the Police Woman episode "The Chasers". He got his first director credit on the Jovejoy episode "Eric of Arabia."

    • Ian is frequently seen holding his own Manchester United mug/cup throughout the six seasons of Lovejoy. His father played for the world's greatest football team.

    • Ian occasionally directed episodes of his television series Lovejoy (1986).

    • Ian was the executive producer of the television series Madson (1996).

    • Ian made his film debut in The Wild and the Willing (1962).

    • In 2004, Ian won the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
      for: Deadwood (2004/I).

    • In 2005, Ian was nominated for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
      for: Deadwood (2004/I).

    • In 2006, Ian was nominated for the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
      for: Deadwood (2004/I).

    • In 2005, Ian was nominated for the Satellite Award for Outstanding Actor in a Series, Drama
      for: Deadwood (2004/I).

    • In 2005, Ian & co. were nominated for the Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
      for: Nine Lives (2005).

    • In 2005, Ian won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
      for: Deadwood (2004/I).

    • In 2005, Ian was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
      for: Deadwood (2004/I).

    • Ian also has an extensive career as a narrator for many documentaries and commercials in the UK.

    • Ian supplied the voiceover for the TV commercial for The Post Office/Royal Mail in 2002.

    • Ian is the voice heard at the beginning of Grace Jones' song "Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Grace Jones."

    • Ian appeared in the TV commercial for Yours magazine in 2002.

    • Ian was considered an appealing romantic lead in several hit movies of the sixties, by the late seventies he had progressed to character parts, such as the title roles in the BBC Disraeli and the very popular TV series Lovejoy.

    • Ian was married to Ruth Post until their divorce in 1976.

    • Ian was married to actress Suzan Farmer from 1965, until their divorce in 1968.

    • Ian has been married to actress Gwen Humble since 1981.

    • Ian has two children by former wife Ruth Post. Kate was born in 1971, and Morgan was born in 1975.

    • Ian is 5' 9" (1.75 m) tall.

    • Ian attended London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt.

    • Ian had a highly publicized affair with soft-porn actress Sylvia Kristel in the late 1970s.

    • Ian was in the hospital for 6 weeks after breaking his leg while filming the 1980 TV movie 'The Curse of King Tut's Tomb.' His role was given to Robin Ellis.

    • Ian briefly dated Carol Cleveland of Monty Python fame in the 70's.

  • Quotes

    • [On his character from 'Deadwood']
      Ian McShane: This is the most complex character I've ever had. It's a great gig. When you land a part like this, you grab hold of it, and really go to town. I've had a great social life and personal life, and taken whatever's been offered. When something like this comes along, you say, 'Oh, yes, thank you very much.

    • [On his Father Harry McShane who played to Manchester United]
      Ian McShane: He was a classic Scottish left winger. Five-foot-seven, and he could run down the field at 90 miles an hour. Later he was a public address announcer for Manchester United at Old Trafford. He used to announce the teams and play the records.

    • [What sports figure would he like to portray?]
      Ian McShane: I would have loved to have played Ty Cobb. The film about him was underrated and Tommy Lee Jones did a great job. I love that movie. An irascible, strange and tormented guy who played the game like no one else. But here's another one I'd love to have played that might surprise you: Mickey Mantle. I thought he was amazing.

    • {on where he had his voice training]
      Ian McShane: The Royal Academy. They had me put all these things in mouth to try to get rid of my accent.

    • [Was he uncomfortable with the colorful language on 'Deadwood']
      Ian McShane: No, not at all. Totally comfortable. People swear in everyday life. And the words become meaningless themselves after a time. It does get even more colourful, but it's part of it. I mean, it's been around since Chaucer, as Milch talks about himself. Language is language. Especially when he uses the vernacular in the midst of these long, complicated 19th century monologues, because it's almost like Shakespeare in terms of the complexity of the dialogue and the thoughts behind it. So it's a constant surprise, and it's a pleasure to do it.