British actor Ian McShane
has no recollection of his first two marriages - because he was drinking copiously to ease his unhappiness.
The star, who plays Blackbeard in the next Pirates of the Caribbean film, endured a lengthy battle with alcohol when he first broke into the industry as a teenager.
McShane insists he can barely remember his marriages to actress Suzan Farmer
, who he divorced after three years in 1968, and Ruth Post, who he has two children with.
He tells Britain's The Independent Magazine, "I started this so young - my first film was at 19 - I was not really happy. You don't know it at the time, but looking back I didn't know who the f**k I was. I don't remember my first two marriages... the details are very sketchy.
"My first wife was delightful. She was the queen of the Hammer Horror movies, but I never saw her for two years. It was the Sixties... My second marriage was to a girl I met in Manchester (England), kept a long-distance relationship going for two years, then we got married... disaster."
McShane has now been sober for 23 years and he's adamant he won't fall back into his wild ways: "I went to an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meeting with a friend and I haven't had a drink since, and I never think twice about it. But you must never be smug... about anything.
"Anyway, it's exhausting, that lifestyle. You think 'I'm getting old, give it up... there's a new generation who can take over and have a good time.'"
McShane wed his third wife Gwen Humble in 1980.