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A classically trained British actor who remained a relative unknown to American audiences for the bulk of his career, Ian McShane was born in Blackburn, England, on Sept. 29, 1942. He studied his craft at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art but left a semester early to appear in his first film, The Wild and the Willing (1962).

McShane's résumé includes scores of television and movie roles, including a long run on the BBC drama "Lovejoy" (1986-94). But an attention-grabbing turn as a London crime lord in Sexy Beast (2001) showed off his talents -- and piercing looks -- in a whole new light.

In 2005, McShane nabbed a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of a powerful saloon owner on the critically acclaimed HBO series "Deadwood" (2004-06). He also earned a Golden Globe nod for his work on the Starz miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth" (2010), playing a darkly ambitious archdeacon.

Ian McShane in John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick: Chapter 2

2017 R

Although veteran hit man John Wick has retired for the second time, he finds himself called back into action and heading to Rome to take down an international cabal of professional assassins.

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  • Ian McShane in Snow White and the Huntsman Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Ian McShane in Hercules Hercules
  • Ian McShane in Shrek the Third Shrek the Third
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  • Ian McShane in The Golden Compass The Golden Compass
  • Ian McShane in Coraline Coraline
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  • Ian McShane in Death Race Death Race
  • Ian McShane in Scoop Scoop
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  • Ian McShane in We Are Marshall We Are Marshall
  • Ian McShane in Hot Rod Hot Rod
  • Ian McShane in Jack the Giant Slayer Jack the Giant Slayer
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  • Ian McShane in Battle of Britain Battle of Britain
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  • Ian McShane in War and Remembrance War and Remembrance
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  • Ian McShane in Roots Roots
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  • Ian McShane in Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights
  • Ian McShane in Disraeli Disraeli
  • Ian McShane in Will Shakespeare Will Shakespeare
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  • Ian McShane in Nine Lives Nine Lives
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