Ian McShane celebrates his 70th birthday today. This feisty actor has mastered the art of playing the bad boy, making his mark in BBC’s Lovejoy (1986-1994) as the dastardly yet charming antiques dealer; then crossing the Atlantic to appear in the evening soap opera Dallas (1989) as a cad-tastic English lothario by the name of Don Lockwood.
Fast forwarding a bit, he won a Golden Globe for his brute role as Al Swearengen in HBO’s Deadwood (2004-2006). He gave Johnny Depp a run for his money in the “charmingly relentless” category as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). Keep an eye out for McShane as King Brahmwell in the forthcoming modern fairy tale Jack the Giant Killer (March 2013).
“The bad boy: always more fun,” McShane told The New York Times. “I had a knack for it from the start.” Grrr, you go tiger.
In celebration of his 70 years, let’s take a peek at Ian making bad look good:
Guest starring on a 2002 episode of The West Wing
Flirting with Dame Edna
Pirates of the Caribbean – Ian talks about his “bad” roles
The Pillars of the Earth
And for sci-fan fans, the 32-year-old McShane on a 1975 episode of the cult classic Space 1999
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