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Ian McShane

Ian McShane

Date of Birth: Sep 29, 1942

Country: UK

Biography: Ian David McShane (born 29 September 1942) is an English actor. Although he has appeared in numerous films, it is by his television roles that he is generally known, starting with the BBC's Lovejoy (1986-94) and particularly in the HBO Western drama Deadwood (2004-06). He starred as King Silas Benjamin in NBC series Kings, the evil Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda (for which he received an Annie Award nomination)and as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides...(Wikipedia)

Total Credits at Criticker: 76 (Actor), 1 (Writer)

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    Deadwood: The Movie (2019)
    Feature film based on the TV series, 'Deadwood'.
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    Bolden (2019)
    A mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans.
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    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)
    Super-Assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head - he is the target of hit men and women everywhere. (imdb)
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    Hellboy (2019)
    Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
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    Age of Sail (2018)
    Age of Sail (2018) - Short Film
    Set on the open ocean in 1900, Age of Sail is the story of William Avery, an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours. (imdb)
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    Here Comes the Grump (2018)
    Balloon kingdoms, dopey police dragons and happy wizards are exactly how Terry remembered his Grandmother's whacky fairy tales. Except they are real and it's definitely not as 'cheerful.' (imdb)
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    American Gods (2017)
    A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past. (imdb)
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    Pottersville (2017)
    The plot centers on Maynard (Shannon), a beloved local businessman who is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot during an inebriated romp through town in a makeshift gorilla costume. The sightings set off an international Bigfoot media spectacle and a windfall of tourism dollars for a simple American town hit by hard times. (imdb)
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    Jawbone (2017)
    Former youth boxing champion Jimmy McCabe, after hitting rock bottom, returns to his childhood boxing club and his old team, gym owner Bill and corner-man Eddie. (imdb)
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    John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
    After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.
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    Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2016)
    Plot: A thousand years ago, one boy with a dream of becoming a great warrior is abducted with his sister and taken to a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal finds the courage to raise his voice and make a change. Inspired by true events, this is a story of a real hero who earned his remembrance in time and history. (imdb)
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    Doctor Thorne (2016)
    Doctor Thorne (2016) - TV Mini-Series
    Dr. Thorne lives a quiet life with niece Mary in Greshambury, home of the wealthy Gresham family. Unbeknownst to others, the Greshams have lost their fortune and matriarch Lady Arabella has a scheme to regain it via an arranged marriage with her son and an American heiress. However, her son plans to elope with Mary, which complicates Lady Arabella's plans. (Amazon)
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    The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
    A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.
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    The Hollow Point (2016)
    A new sheriff of a small town along the U.S. & Mexico border investigates a drug cartel deal that went horribly wrong.
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    El Niño (2014)
    A small-time trafficker working in the Gibraltar Straits. (imdb)
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    John Wick (2014)
    An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. (imdb)
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    Hercules (2014)
    Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. (imdb)
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    Cuban Fury (2014)
    A former salsa prodigy attempts a comeback years after his career was ruined. (imdb)
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    How We Used to Live (2013)
    A prequel of sorts to 'Finisterre' Made up of footage shot between the fifties and eighties and taken from the BFI national archive (much of it unseen for decades), the film is soundtracked by Saint Etienne's Pete, with Sarah providing "some gorgeous Swingle-y harmonies". (imdb)
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    Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
    A modern day fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened, as a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants' kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess. (imdb)
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    Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
    In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. (imdb)
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
    Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. (imdb)
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    The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
    The Pillars of the Earth is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. In that time, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge. Against the backdrop, love-stories entwine. (imdb)
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    Coraline (2009)
    An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.
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    Case 39 (2009)
    Social worker Emily Jenkins thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case, troubled 10-year old Lilith Sullivan. Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to kill Lilith, their only daughter. Emily saves her and decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along.
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    Kings (2009)
    Kings (2009) - TV Series
    A modern day, alternate-reality drama about a hero who rises to become the King of his nation, based on the biblical story of King David. (imdb)
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    44 Inch Chest (2009)
    After his wife, Liz (Joanne Whalley), cheats on him, gangster Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone) gets his revenge by enlisting his underworld pals to kidnap her hunky French lover (Melvil Poupaud) in the feature debut of director Malcolm Venville. Top British actors including Ian McShane, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson round out the cast of the crime thriller, penned by the screenwriters of another memorable Winstone vehicle, Sexy Beast.
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    Death Race (2008)
    Set in a future version of America, a prisoner (Statham) who is weeks away from being released is forced by his warden (Allen) to compete in a brutal, deadly car race alongside his fellow inmates.
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    Kung Fu Panda (2008)
    Po the Panda is the laziest animals in all of the Valley of Peace, but unwittingly becomes the chosen one when enemies threaten their way of life.
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    The Golden Compass (2007)
    The Golden Compass is an exciting fantasy adventure, set in an alternative world where people's souls manifest themselves as animals, talking bears fight wars, and Gyptians and witches coexist. At the center of the story is Lyra, a 12-year-old girl who starts out trying to rescue a friend who's been kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as the Gobblers--and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world, but ours as well. (New Line Cinema)
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    The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)
    The Dark is Rising tells the story of Will Stanton, who learns on the eve of his 11th birthday that he is actually the last of the "Old Ones," a group of immortal warriors and guardians dedicated to fighting the forces of the Dark. The Dark is amidst its last great Rising to defeat the Light and take free will from the human race forever. Will, having been born with a great gift of power, is called upon a monumental heroic quest. (Walden Media)
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    Hot Rod (2007)
    Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble has a problem--his step-father Frank is a jerk. Frank picks on Rod, tosses him around like a ragdoll in their weekly sparring sessions, and definitely doesn't respect him, much less his stunts. But when Frank falls ill, it's up to Rod to stage the jump of his life in order to save his step-father. The plan: jump 15 buses, raise the money for Frank's heart operation and then...kick his ass. (Paramount Pictures)
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    We Are Marshall (2006)
    When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.
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    Scoop (2006)
    In Woody Allen's new contemporary comedy, an American journalism student visiting friends in London happens upon the scoop of a lifetime. Along the investigative trail, she finds magic, murder, mystery - and perhaps love, with a British aristocrat.
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    Deadwood (2004)
    Deadwood (2004) - TV Series
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    Agent Cody Banks (2003)
    Cody Banks (Muniz) seems like a typical teenager - he loves skateboarding, hates math, his mom drives him crazy, and he feels like a complete idiot around girls. But Cody has a really big secret even his family and best friends don't know: he's actually an elite undercover agent for the CIA. (MGM)
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    Nemesis Game (2003)
    Sara Novak is an introverted college student with a few skeletons in her closet. Shying away from classmates, she prefers to spend time with Vern, an older comic store owner who shares her passion for mind games and riddles. But when the riddles she solves lead to the deaths of those around her, she realizes the riddles are more than a simple game. (imdb)
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    Sexy Beast (2001)
    The story of one man's dangerous journey from peace of mind to paranoid panic when he's lured out of an idyllic retirement back to the gangster life. (Fox Searchlight)
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    D.R.E.A.M. Team (1999)
    Three beautiful undercover agents pose as international models in order to stop the threat of anthrax terrorism from taking over the world. (imdb)
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    Babylon 5: The River of Souls (1998)
    A group of Soul Hunters come to Babylon 5 demanding the return of something that was stolen from them. (imdb)
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    The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988)
    Allied prisoners tunnel out of a stalag, then return to avenge fellow escapees executed by the Nazis. (imdb)
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    War and Remembrance (1988)
    War and Remembrance (1988) - TV Mini-Series
    The trials of the Henry and the Jastrow families amidst the events after the U.S.'s entry into World War II. (imdb)
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    The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986)
    The mysterious and grisly murders of a mother and daughter leave police investigators puzzled. Few clues were left behind. The killer could not have fled via the windows as they were nailed shut. Nor was the killer observed leaving by neighbors. It seems the only person with the skills to solve the crime is Auguste Dupin, who has been released from the police department by the new prefect. After much persuasion from his daughter, whose fiance is charged with the crime, Dupin begins to investigate the case on his own... (imdb)
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    Lovejoy (1986)
    Lovejoy (1986) - TV Series
    Lovejoy is an irresistible rogue with a keen eye for antiques. The part-time detective scours the murky salerooms, auction halls and stately homes of Britain, always on the lookout for a find. (imdb)
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    Too Scared to Scream (1985)
    A killer is brutally attacking several tenants that live in a high rise apartment building in New York City. (imdb)
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    A.D. - Anno Domini (1985)
    A.D. - Anno Domini (1985) - TV Mini-Series
    Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this mini-series chronicles the life & adventures of Jesus's disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. (imdb)
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    Ordeal by Innocence (1985)
    Paleontologist Dr. Arthur Calgary visits the Argyle family to give them an address book that belongs to Jack Argyle. But he is told that Jack has been executed for the murder of his wife. But the address book can prove that Jack was innocent, so Dr. Calgary starts the investigation all over. (imdb)
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    Torchlight (1984)
    The marriage of a young and successful couple is jeopardized when he becomes heavily addicted to cocaine. Her inability to help him and his inability to stop are leading them both into a downward spiral.
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    Exposed (1983)
    Wisconsin farm girl Elizabeth Carlson leaves family and her English teacher lover behind and escapes to New York. There she soon makes a career for herself as a fashion model. During a vernissage she's approached by a mysterious man whose motives are unclear... ((imdb))
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    The Grace Kelly Story (1983)
    The fairy tale story of the actress who became a princess is told in this biography that traces her rise from Philadelphia socialite to Hollywood movie star. (imdb)
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    The Letter (1982)
    The Letter (1982) - TV Movie
    The wife of a Malaysian planter kills an employee of her husband one night, but her stated motive begins to appear not entirely truthful.
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    Marco Polo (1982)
    Marco Polo (1982) - TV Mini-Series
    The life and experiences of the 13th-century explorer, who sought to connect the civilizations of China and Europe through trade. (imdb)
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    Cheaper to Keep Her (1981)
    A newly divorced swinger on the prowl goes to work as a detective for a neurotic feminist attorney. (imdb)
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    The 5th Musketeer (1979)
    King Louis XIV has without his knowledge a twin brother, Philippe, but when he is told, he immediately locks him up in the Bastille. The king wants to increase his popularity and stages an assassination against himself where Philippe is dressed as king Louis. But Philippe manages to escape the assassination and everybody believes him to be the real king... (imdb)
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    Yesterday
    A has-been, alcoholic former soccer star determines to make a comeback. He gets help from his former girlfriend, now a rock star, and her partner. (imdb)
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    The Great Riviera Bank Robbery (1979)
    A group of fascists plan to finance their work by pulling off a bank robbery. (imdb)
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    The Pirate (1978)
    The Pirate (1978) - TV Movie
    An Israeli man, raised by a wealthy and powerful Arab, is put in charge of his country's vast oil fortunes. He comes into conflict with a fanatical terrorist group--headed by his daughter. (imdb)
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    Code Name: Diamond Head (1977)
    A failed Quinn Martin pilot for a series starring a Hawaii-based government counter intelligence agency run by the indomitable Aunt Mary. In this, his only adventure, Diamond Head has to prevent the evil Tree from stealing a deadly nerve toxin gas and selling it to foreign powers. To help Diamond Head is the Dragon Lady and Zulu. (imdb)
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    Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
    Jesus of Nazareth (1977) - TV Mini-Series
    A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts. (imdb)
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    Journey Into Fear (1975)
    This remake of the Orson Welles film stars Sam Waterston as a researcher who finds himself entangled in intrigue and danger in Turkey. (allmovie.com)
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    The Terrorists (1975)
    A gang of hijackers led by Ian McShane seize a British plane as it is landing in Scandinavia. Ruthless military police chief Colonel Tahlvik (Sean Connery) is assigned to rescue the plane and it's passengers. (imdb)
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    The Lives of Jenny Dolan (1975)
    A female newspaper reporter is assigned to investigate a political assassination.
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    The Last of Sheila (1973)
    Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run car accident following a party one night. A year later her multi-millionaire husband, Clinton, invites a group of her friends to spend a week on a his yacht. He's a notorious practical joker and insists his guests play a mystery game where each has been assigned a crime for the others to discover.(imdb)
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    Sitting Target (1972)
    Escaped convicts Oliver Reed and Ian McShane are lying low before they prepare to skip the country. However, Reed can't control his rage at being cheated by his wife whilst he was inside, so he decides to kill her and her secret lover before he goes. This causes all sorts of complications to their escape plans. (imdb)
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    Freelance (1971)
    A small time London con-artist (McShane) witnesses a gangland hit. Determined to carry out his schemes, he must do so while avoiding the same hitman. (imdb)
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    Villain (1971)
    Murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray, is worried about potential stool pigeons that may bring down his criminal empire. The brutal Vic cuts the throat of one bloke who has been a little too loose-lipped, afraid that his gossiping may turn into a grand operatic performance for the coppers. (imdb)
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    Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970)
    An American playwright living in Rome consults a quack psychiatrist to combat his fears of balding and save his failing marriage. (imdb)
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    Tam Lin (1970)
    Based on an ancient Scottish folk song, an older woman uses witchcraft to keep her young jet-set friends. (imdb)
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    Battle of Britain (1969)
    Historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of World War Two for control of the skies over Britain as the new Luftwaffa and the Royal Air Force determine whether or not an invasion can take place. (imdb)
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    If It
    A group of travelers from the United States race through seven countries in 18 days. Included in the group are Suzanne Pleshette as a lovely young miss who finds time for some romance with handsome Britisher Ian McShane; Mildred Natwick as an elderly lady with energy to spare; Norman Fell and Riva Rose as a married couple who get separated; and Sandy Baron as an Italian-American who almost gets married off while visiting relatives in Venice. (imdb)
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    Sky West and Crooked (1966)
    Brydie White is a 17-year-old retarded girl living in a rural English village whom finds solace in buyring pet animals in the church cemetary and strikes up a few friendships with a few village children while her disapproving mother and a loathsome drunkard get in the way of her newfound hobby. (imdb)
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    The Pleasure Girls (1965)
    When Sally moves to London to pursue a modelling career, she moves in with Angela and Dee and discovers the world of the carefree bachelor girl, over a weekend of parties and romantic encounters.
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    The Wild and the Willing (1962)
    Harry Brown (Ian McShane) is a lower-class troublemaker at an upscale provincial university. He is brilliant but frequently drunk, and he constantly criticizes the elitism of his professors. Harry becomes the reluctant protégé of Professor Chown (Paul Rogers), who sees the boy's potential and hopes to tame him. Harry soon abandons his girlfriend Josie (Samantha Eggar) for a fling with Chown's wife Virginia (Virginia Maskell), a woman who frequently fools around with her husband's students. (AllMovie)
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    Columbo (1971)
    Columbo (1971) - TV Series
    American Horror Story (2011)
    Roots (1977)
    Roots (1977) - TV Mini-Series