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Ian McShane

Ian McShane was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, to parents Irene (Cowley) and Harry McShane, a soccer player for Manchester United. His father was Scottish and his mother was of English and Irish descent. Ian originally planned to follow in his father's 'footballer' steps, until his high school teacher encouraged him to be an actor. ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Kung Fu Panda Tai Lung
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 2017 Jawbone (post-production)
Joe Padgett
 2016 Vital Signs (TV Series) (post-production)
 2016 Game of Thrones (TV Series)
Brother Ray
 2016 The Brothers Grimsby
MI6 Spy Boss (uncredited)
 2016/I One (Short)
 2014/I El Niño
 2014/I Hercules
 2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 2008 SpongeBob SquarePants (TV Series)
- Dear Vikings/Ditchin' (2008) ... Gordon (voice)
 2008 Death Race
 2008 Kung Fu Panda
Tai Lung (voice)
 2007 Shrek the Third
Captain Hook (voice)
 2005 Nine Lives
 2003 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
- Cold Fusion (2003) ... Chandler
 2002 Man and Boy (TV Movie)
Marty Mann
 2002 In Deep (TV Series)
Jamie Lamb
 2001 Thieves (TV Series)
- Jack's Back (2001) ... Jack
 1999 D.R.E.A.M. Team (TV Movie)
Oliver Maxwell
 1995 Soul Survivors (TV Movie)
Otis Cooke
 1994 White Goods (TV Movie)
Ian Deegan
 1988-1989 War and Remembrance (TV Mini-Series)
Philip Rule
- Part 8 (1989) ... Philip Rule
- Part 7 (1988) ... Philip Rule
- Part 6 (1988) ... Philip Rule (credit only)
- Part 5 (1988) ... Philip Rule (credit only)
- Part 4 (1988) ... Philip Rule (credit only)
 1989 Minder (TV Series)
Jack Last
 1988 Dirty Dozen: The Series (TV Series)
- Don Danko (1988) ... Lindberger
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
- Barrington (1987) ... Marbury
 1986 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Willy Wax
 1985 Braker (TV Movie)
Alan Roswell
 1985 A.D. (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 5 (1985) ... Sejanus
- Part 4 (1985) ... Sejanus
- Part 3 (1985) ... Sejanus
- Part 2 (1985) ... Sejanus
- Part 1 (1985) ... Sejanus
 1985 Evergreen (TV Mini-Series)
Paul Lerner
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Paul Lerner
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Paul Lerner
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Paul Lerner
 1982 Marco Polo (TV Mini-Series)
Ali Ben Yussouf
 1982 The Letter (TV Movie)
 1980 Armchair Thriller (TV Series)
- High Tide: Part 4 (1980) ... Curtis
- High Tide: Part 3 (1980) ... Curtis
- High Tide: Part 2 (1980) ... Curtis
- High Tide: Part 1 (1980) ... Curtis
 1978 The Pirate (TV Movie)
 1977 A Month in the Country (TV Movie)
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
Judas Iscariot
- Part 2 (1977) ... Judas Iscariot
- Part 1 (1977) ... Judas Iscariot
 1976 Most Wanted (TV Series)
Colin Wyatt
- The Slaver (1976) ... Colin Wyatt
 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
Dan Markson
- The Chasers (1975) ... Dan Markson
 1975 Matt Helm (TV Series)
 1975 Space: 1999 (TV Series)
Anton Zoref
- Force of Life (1975) ... Anton Zoref
 1968-1974 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Derek / Tom / Caulfield
- What Would You Do? (1974) ... Derek
- A Sound from the Sea (1970) ... Tom
- Funeral Games (1968) ... Caulfield
 1971 Freelance
 1970 The Devil's Widow
Tom Lynn
 1970 Performance
Noel - Black Musican (voice, uncredited)
 1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
- The Private Tutor (1966) ... Frank
 1962-1966 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Geoffrey / Roddy Cain
- The Signal Box of Grandpa Hudson (1966) ... Geoffrey
- Thank You and Goodnight (1962) ... Roddy Cain
 1964 Redcap (TV Series)
Sapper Russell
 1964 The Sullavan Brothers (TV Series)
David Hemming
- A Face in the Doorway (1964) ... David Hemming
 1964 Love Story (TV Series)
George Mason
 1963 First Night (TV Series)
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Other Works:

TV commercial for golf tournaments broadcast on ESPN. The commercial first aired during ABC broadcasts (both ABC and ESPN are owned by Disney) of The [2014 British] Open Championship (voiceover). Rolex is prominently featured in the ad, for which McShane is also the commercial spokesman, and Rolex is also the official timepiece... See more »

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4 Interviews | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


5' 7½" (1.71 m)

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Personal Quote:

The bad boy: always more fun. It's funny. When you're in your early 20s, you go ahead and do everything. And it's very hard to judge yourself. It's like when you're in drama school, and you're playing a 60-year-old in Russian plays, and you get criticized, and you say, 'What the hell, I'm an 18-year-old trying to be a 60-year-old Russian?' But the bad boy, I had a knack for it from the start. See more »


Quit smoking in 2011. See more »


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