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    • Actress Angela Lansbury and Patrick Macnee studied at drama school together.

    • Patrick Macnee was called one of the Top Dressers of Television in 1967 by TV Times magazine.

    • Over the years, Patrick Macnee has appeared on magazine covers 32 times. As a tribute to his popularity, these magazines are from all over the world and come in many different languages.

    • Patrick Macnee is the author of six books, including two guides on The Avengers.

    • Patrick Macnee once rescued eight chimpanzees from the burning home of a leading animal trainer in Hollywood.

    • Patrick Macnee joined the Royal Navy in 1941 and served in the North Sea as the commander of a torpedo boat.

    • Patrick Macnee became a United States citizen in 1959.

    • Patrick Macnee has been an English language narrator for the Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt.

    • When approached by Leonard White and Sydney Newman of ABC (Associated British Corp.) Television to act in "The Avengers," Patrick Macnee was working as a producer of the documentary version of Sir Winston Churchill's "The Valiant Years." As a consequence, Macnee was ready to reject the role, then learned he could ask for a six-fold increase in his weekly salary. He did, although he settled for tripling it.

    • Patrick Macnee was featured on a series of "Avengers" postal stamps released by the United Kingdom Post Office on September 15, 2005.

    • Patrick Macnee released his autobiography, "Blind In One Ear" in 1988.

    • Patrick Macnee has had a long-standing partnership with author Jack Higgins, narrating the cassette/CD versions of his books.

    • Patrick Macnee collaborated with fashion designer Pierre Cardin in designing outfits for his character John Steed in The Avengers.

    • Patrick Macnee appeared in two music videos, The Pretenders' "Don't Get Me Wrong" in 1986 and Oasis' "Don't Look Back In Anger" in 1996.

    • Patrick Macnee was the host of a special presentation of "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol" in 1989. He also made comments during the breaks about the movie and the filming and what it was like to be in the cast, as he played the young Jacob Marley in the original movie in 1951.

  • Quotes

    • Patrick Macnee: (Referring to his dressing habits) I hate ties. I mean, what earthly use are they? I never wear one. Cravats are a different matter.

    • Patrick Macnee: (Commenting on the popularity of The Avengers) It's all due to the girls. Two completely independently-minded, absolutely wonderful females have been the success of The Avengers - or at least a great part of it.

    • Patrick Macnee: (In a 1961 interview with TV Times) My Mother is a member of the Hastings family, the Earls of Huntingdon - and they, as everyone knows, claim Robin Hood as their ancestor.

    • Patrick Macnee: (Jokingly comparing himself with The Avengers character John Steed) [he is] a thoroughly professional secret agent; expert at murder, arson, burglary, forgery and the use of explosives, codes and poisons... dedicated, ruthless, unscrupulous.

    • Patrick Macnee: (When asked about the likelihood of being typecast as John Steed) Yes, but I don't mind, really. I am in my late 40's and I see acting as a profession that is not dependent on you, but the circumstances around you. I am very grateful to the series, of course, but I hope I don't lean too much on its success.

    • Patrick Macnee: (In a 1983 interview with Brighton Evening Argus) When I was in Hollywood in the 1950s I was young and handsome and always played the gentleman. But because of the Northern Ireland situation attitudes towards the British have changed in America. To have an English accent no longer means you are a gentleman. Now I can only play villains.

    • Patrick Macnee: (In a 1961 interview with TV Times) Somebody once said to me: "you should have lived in the 18th century." I agree. Like Steed I'm a great pretender. Anybody who loves the good life as I do has to be a pretender.

    • Patrick Macnee: (In a 1961 interview with TV Times) In real life I am an adventurer. I fancy myself as a sort of Scarlet Pimpernel.

    • Patrick Macnee: The only danger about websites, you know, is people who remember something you did or said thirty or forty years ago, and bring it up against you, so you're going for a job and you don't get it.

    • Patrick Macnee: So I find the fascination, the love, the incredible skill and everything to do with acting, writing plays, and doing them, just darling. Lovely. I love actors.

    • Patrick Macnee: They call it "The New Avengers" but it's really the old Avengers with new people except for me, looking rather fat and rather old.

    • Patrick Macnee: I like most of the Humphrey Bogart movies because they had to act then, and they acted very well. Edward G. Robinson is probably the best actor I've ever seen on the movies.

    • Patrick Macnee: Accomplishment is such a patronizing, dangerous word, isn't it? I haven't really accomplished anything. The most accomplished thing I've done is to have lived this long - 81.

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