The Avengers Star Patrick Macnee Dies Aged 93

Patrick Macnee, beloved by audiences for playing John Steed in the 1960s television series ‘The Avengers’, has died aged 93.

image

The British actor passed away with his family at his bedside.

A statement paying tribute to him on his website said: “Patrick Macnee was a popular figure in the television industry."He was at home wherever in the world he found himself."He had a knack for making friends, and keeping them."Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories and good wishes.”

His son Rupert confirmed he died peacefully at his home in Rancho Mirage, California.

Some of his most notable film roles include in 1985’s 'A View to Kill’, where he starred as an ally of Roger Moore’s James Bond. 

The legendary actor was also known for his theatre roles, having appeared on Broadway during his lengthy career.

Macnee was the son of a racehorse trainer and grew up in Berkshire where he went to Summerfields Preparatory School.

He went on to Eton College, before training at London’s Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

Macnee turned his hand to acting after serving in the Royal Navy in the Second World War, working at the Windsor Repertory Theatre and in a number of minor film roles, before moving to Canada and the US.

He found fame in the original Avengers series, playing Steed, the dapper British intelligence agent, throughout the original series from 1961 to 1969.

Macnee returned in the same role for the New Avengers in 1976-77, and appeared as the voice of Invisible Jones in the 1998 The Avengers film, which starred Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman.

Macnee appeared in The Avengers alongside Ian Hendry, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and Joanna Lumley, and had lived in the US for the last 40 years.

In a 2014 interview, Patrick said the television show - which he starred in for nearly a decade - was so successful because it “did something different and did it better”.

He said: “It was beautifully written, the ideas were very good, way ahead of their time and they incorporated fantasies for people who dreamed of doing exciting things.”

Patrick is survived by his children and one grandson.

Image credit: Press Association