Actor Patrick Macnee passed away today of natural causes. He was 93.
Macnee’s acting career spanned nearly six decades. But he is synonymous with John Steed, the debonair spy who starred in the 1960’s British TV series The Avengers which would also become popular on this side of The Atlantic. Macnee starred with a triumvirate of female partners – Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson. Of the three, Macnee’s chemistry with Rigg’s Emma Peel made for TV gold. Macnee would revive the character in the mid-1970’s along with Joanna Lumley in The New Avengers.
In later years, Macnee would appear in TV shows such as Magnum, P.I., Murder, She Wrote, Battlestar Galatica and Frasier and would also appear in This is Spinal Tap and the James Bond film A View to a Kill.
Before Macnee achieved fame he served in the Royal Navy during WWII.
Have a look at the opening and closing themes of The Avengers. Sorry they just don’t make TV themes like this anymore. Nor will the likes of Patrick Macnee come around again.
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