‘Avengers’ star dies: Patrick Macnee Avengers Dies
Published: June 25, 2015
‘Avengers’ star dies: Patrick Macnee Avengers Dies, Actor Patrick Macnee, best known for his role as John Steed in the 60s TV favourite The Avengers, has died aged 93.
According to his official website Patrick passed away on Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, surrounded by family.
His son Rupert said that he died of natural causes.
The Riverside Country Coroner’s office in California also confirmed his death, news tweeted by BBC Arts correspondent David Sillito:
Riverside County Coroner’s Office confirms that Avengers actor, Patrick McNee, 93 years, has died at his home in California
— David Sillito BBC (@DavidSillitoBBC) June 25, 2015
Despite initial suggestions that the story might be a hoax, fans quickly flocked to Twitter to pay tribute to the actor many described as ‘the quintessential English gentleman’:
Ah bless him – RIP Patrick MacNee. John Steed was a legendary character
— Darren Lethem (@DarrenLethem) June 25, 2015
So sad to hear that Patrick MacNee has died. Heaven will be a more stylish place now
— TERRY BAMBER (@TERRYBAMBI) June 25, 2015
Aw, Patrick Macnee died. Maybe they’ll put The Avengers on…
— lauren jones (@only_for_mdl) June 25, 2015
John Steed. Gentleman Spy. Cultural Icon for over fifty years. Simply unimaginable without Patrick Macnee in the role. #RIP
— Martin Craske (@ChaoticCivet) June 25, 2015
Gutted about Patrick Macnee. Huge Avengers fan.
— Dane Hardie (@danehardie) June 25, 2015
Patrick, who was born in Paddington, London in February 1922, made his filmhttps://twitter.com/DarrenLethem/status/614137761600282624 debut as an extra in 1948’s adaptation of Hamlet, and had supporting roles in a string of films throughout the 1950s.
However it was The Avengers – which ran for almost the whole of the 1960s – which made him a household name.
The first series of the show, which aired in 1961, saw Patrick’s character John Steed playing assistant to Dr David Keel, played by Ian Hendry.
However the bowler-hatted secret agent took centre stage from series two onwards, appearing alongside a succession of female sidekicks including Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson and Diana Rigg as arguably his most famous assistant Emma Peel.
The original series came to an end in 1969 but Patrick reprised the role in 1976-77 spin-off The New Avengers, which also starred Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt.
The actor had a string of assistants in The Avengers, including Diana Rigg as Emma Peel
Patrick, who became a US citizen in 1959, continued to work steadily after The Avengers, showing up in the likes of 1981 horror hit The Howling, cult comedy This Is Spinal Tap and Bond movie A View To A Kill in which he played 007’s ally Sir Godfrey Tibbett.
He also showed up in the 1998 film version of The Avengers, which starred Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman as John Steed and Emma Peel.
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