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Columbo , May 1975
Daniel Patrick Macnee

(1922-02-06)6 February 1922
Paddington, London, England
Died25 June 2015(2015-06-25) (aged 93)
Years active1938−2005
  • Barbara Douglas
    (m. 1942;div. 1956)
  • Katherine Woodville
    (m. 1965;div. 1969)
  • Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye
    (m. 1988;died 2007)

Daniel Patrick Macnee (6 February 1922 – 25 June 2015) was a British film and television actor. He was best known for his role as the secret agent John Steed in the British television series The Avengers.

Actor person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio

An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art.

John Steed

Major The Hon. John Wickham Gascoyne Beresford Steed usually known as John Steed, is a fictional character and the central protagonist on the popular 1960s British spy series The Avengers and its 1970s sequel The New Avengers, played by Patrick Macnee in both; by Donald Monat in the South-African radio series adaptation of The Avengers; by Ralph Fiennes in the 1998 film of the same name and by Julian Wadham in the new Big Finish audio series The Avengers – The Lost Episodes.

<i>The Avengers</i> (TV series) Espionage British television series created in the 1960s

The Avengers is a British espionage television series created in 1961. It initially focused on Dr. David Keel, aided by John Steed. Hendry left after the first series; Steed then became the main character, partnered by a succession of assistants. His most famous assistants were intelligent, stylish and assertive women: Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King. The series ran from 1961 until 1969, screening as one-hour episodes for its entire run. The pilot episode, "Hot Snow", aired on 7 January 1961. The final episode, "Bizarre", aired on 21 April 1969 in the United States, and on 21 May 1969 in the United Kingdom.


Early life and career

The elder of two sons, Macnee was born in Paddington, London, England on 6 February 1922; [1] to Daniel Macnee (1878−1952) and Dorothea Mabel Macnee (née Henry) (1896−1984). His father, who was a grandson of the Scottish artist Sir Daniel Macnee, trained race horses in Lambourn, and was known for his dress sense; [1] [2] he had served as an officer in the Yorkshire Dragoons in the First World War. [3] His maternal grandmother was Frances Alice Hastings (1870−1945), who was the daughter of Vice-Admiral George Fowler Hastings and granddaughter of Hans Francis Hastings, 12th Earl of Huntingdon. His younger brother James, known as Jimmy, was born five years later. [4]

Paddington area within the City of Westminster, in central London

Paddington is an area within the City of Westminster, in central London, located in the West End of London. First a medieval parish then a metropolitan borough, it was integrated with Westminster and Greater London in 1965. Three important landmarks of the district are Paddington station, designed by the celebrated engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1847; St Mary's Hospital; and Paddington Green Police Station.

Dorothea Mabel Macnee , BEM was a British socialite during the inter war years. Her wide circle included many prominent people in entertainment and the arts, several of whom were introduced to her alternative lifestyle in the Berkshire house where she lived with her lesbian partner. After World War II she was involved in the Women’s Voluntary Service, receiving the British Empire Medal for her services. She had two sons, one of whom was Patrick Macnee, the actor.

Daniel Macnee British artist

Sir Daniel Macnee FRSE PRSA LLD, was a Scottish portrait painter who served as president of the Royal Scottish Academy (1876).

Macnee's parents separated after his mother began to identify as a lesbian. His father later moved to India, and his mother began to live with her wealthy partner, Evelyn Spottswood, whose money came from the Dewar's whiskey business. [5] Macnee referred to her in his autobiography as "Uncle Evelyn", and she helped pay for his schooling. He was educated at Summer Fields School and Eton College, where he was a member of the Officer Training Corps and was one of the guard of honour for King George V at St George's Chapel in 1936. He was later expelled from Eton for selling pornography and being a bookmaker for his fellow students. [2]

Dewars Scotch whisky brand

Dewar's is a brand of blended Scotch whisky owned by Bacardi, which claims the brand's "White Label" to be the top-selling blended Scotch in the US. Dewar’s is also the world’s most awarded blended Scotch whisky with more than 500 medals earned in international competitions.

Summer Fields School

Summer Fields is a fee-paying boys' independent day and boarding preparatory school in Summertown, Oxford. It was originally called Summerfield and used to have a subsidiary school, Summerfields, St Leonards-on-Sea,.

Eton College British independent boarding school located in Eton

Eton College is a 13–18 independent boarding school and sixth form for boys in the parish of Eton, near Windsor in Berkshire, England. It was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI as Kynge's College of Our Ladye of Eton besyde Windesore , as a sister institution to King's College, Cambridge, making it the 18th-oldest Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference school.

Macnee studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, but shortly before he was to perform in his first West End leading role, which would have had him acting alongside Vivien Leigh, he was called up for the United Kingdom Armed Forces. [2] He joined the Royal Navy as an ordinary seaman in October 1942 [2] and was commissioned a sub-lieutenant in June 1943, becoming a navigator on Motor Torpedo Boats in the English Channel and North Sea. [3] Reassigned as first lieutenant on a second MTB, Macnee caught bronchitis just before D-Day; while he was recuperating in hospital, his boat and crew were lost in action. Two of the crew received the Distinguished Service Medal. [2] He left the Navy in 1946 as a lieutenant. [2] [3]

The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, formerly the Webber Douglas School of Singing and Dramatic Art, was a drama school, and originally a singing school, in London. It was one of the leading drama schools in Britain, and offered comprehensive training for those intending to pursue a professional performance career. During its 100-year history, the Academy produced many established actors of stage and screen, including Angela Lansbury, Julian Fellowes, Shaun Williamson, Antony Sher, Donald Sinden, Hugh Bonneville, Minnie Driver, Amanda Root, Julia Ormond, Terence Stamp, Gregory Finnegan, Rupert Evans, Matthew Goode.

Vivien Leigh British actress

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Sub-lieutenant is a junior military officer rank.

Macnee nurtured his acting career in Canada early on, but he also appeared as an uncredited extra in the British films Pygmalion (1938), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) and Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948), as well as some live TV dramas for the BBC, before graduating to credited parts in such films as Scrooge (US: A Christmas Carol, 1951), as the young Jacob Marley, the Gene Kelly vehicle Les Girls (1957), as an Old Bailey barrister, and the war film The Battle of the River Plate (1956). Between these occasional movie roles, Macnee spent the better part of the 1950s working in dozens of small parts in American and Canadian television and theatre, including an appearance in an episode of The Twilight Zone in 1959 ("Judgment Night"). Disappointed in his limited career development, in the late 1950s Macnee was daily smoking 80 cigarettes and drinking a bottle of whiskey. [6]

<i>Pygmalion</i> (1938 film) 1938 British film based on the George Bernard Shaw play

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<i>The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp</i> 1943 film by Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is a 1943 romantic drama war film written, produced and directed by the British film making team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It stars Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr and Anton Walbrook. The title derives from the satirical Colonel Blimp comic strip by David Low, but the story itself is original. The film is renowned for its Technicolor cinematography.

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Not long before his career-making role in The Avengers , Macnee took a break from acting and served as one of the London-based producers for the classic documentary series The Valiant Years , based on the Second World War memoirs of Winston Churchill. [7] [8]

The Valiant Years was a documentary produced by ABC based on the memoirs of Winston Churchill, directed by Anthony Bushell and John Schlesinger, narrated by Gary Merrill and with extracts from the memoirs voiced by Richard Burton. It ran in the United States from 1960 to 1961, in 27 30-minute episodes and was broadcast in the UK by the BBC from February to August 1961. Its incidental music was written by Richard Rodgers, who won an Emmy for it in 1962. Scriptwriters included Victor Wolfson a dramatist and writer, playwright William Templeton, Quentin Reynolds, William L. Shirer an American journalist, war correspondent and historian, and Richard Tregaskis. One of the programme's London-based producers was actor Patrick Macnee, just prior to his being cast as secret agent John Steed in the long-running cult TV series The Avengers.

Winston Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during most of World War II

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as a Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and imperialist, for most of his career he was a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but from 1904 to 1924 was instead a member of the Liberal Party.

The Avengers

While working in London on the Churchill series, Macnee was offered the part in The Avengers (1961−69), (originally intended to be known as Jonathan Steed), for which he became best known. The series was originally conceived as a vehicle for Ian Hendry, [9] who played the lead role of Dr. David Keel in a sequel to an earlier series, Police Surgeon (1960), while John Steed was his assistant. Macnee, though, became the lead after Hendry's departure at the end of the first season. [10] Macnee played opposite a succession of glamorous female partners; Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, and Linda Thorson. Of the 161 completed episodes, Macnee appeared in all but two.

Although Macnee evolved in the role as the series progressed, the key elements of Steed's persona and appearance were there from very early on: the slightly mysterious demeanour and, increasingly, the light, suave, flirting tone with ladies (and always with his female assistants). Finally, from the episodes with Blackman onwards, the trademark bowler hat and umbrella completed the image. Though it was traditionally associated with London "city gents", the ensemble of suit, umbrella and bowler had developed in the post-war years as mufti for ex-servicemen attending Armistice Day ceremonies. Steed's sartorial style may also have been drawn from Macnee's father. [2] [5] Macnee, alongside designer Pierre Cardin, adapted the look into a style all his own, and he went on to design several outfits himself for Steed based on the same basic theme. Steed was also the central character of The New Avengers (1976–77), in which he was teamed with agents named Purdey (Joanna Lumley) and Mike Gambit (Gareth Hunt).

Macnee insisted on, and was proud of, never carrying a gun in the original series; when asked why, he explained, "I'd just come out of a World War in which I'd seen most of my friends blown to bits." [11] Lumley later said she did all the gun-slinging in The New Avengers for the same reason. [12] However, the Internet Movie Firearms Database lists seven instances where Steed uses a firearm, all in the original series. [13]

When asked in June 1982 which Avengers female lead was his favourite, Macnee declined to give a specific answer. "Well, I'd rather not say. To do so would invite trouble," he told TV Week magazine. Macnee did provide his evaluation of the female leads. Of Honor Blackman he said, "She was wonderful, presenting the concept of a strong-willed, independent and liberated woman just as that sort of woman was beginning to emerge in society." Diana Rigg was "One of the world's great actresses. A superb comedienne. I'm convinced that one day she'll be Dame Diana" (his prediction came true in 1994). Linda Thorson was "one of the sexiest women alive" while Joanna Lumley was "superb in the role of Purdey. An actress who is only now realising her immense potential." [14]

Macnee co-wrote two original novels based upon The Avengers during the 1960s, titled Dead Duck and Deadline. He hosted a documentary, The Avengers: The Journey Back (1998), directed by Clyde Lucas. [15]

For the critically lambasted film version of The Avengers (1998), he lent his voice in a cameo as "Invisible Jones". The character of Steed was taken over by Ralph Fiennes.

Later roles

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Macnee in 1998

Macnee's other significant roles included playing Sir Godfrey Tibbett opposite Roger Moore in the James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985), as Major Crossley in The Sea Wolves (again with Moore), guest roles in Encounter, Alias Smith and Jones (for Glen Larson), Magnum, P.I. , Hart to Hart, Murder, She Wrote, and The Love Boat. Although his best known part was heroic, many of his television appearances were as villains; among them were his roles of both the demonic Count Iblis and his provision of the character voice of the Cylons' Imperious Leader in Battlestar Galactica, also for Glen Larson, for which he also supplied the show's introductory voiceover. He also presented the American paranormal series Mysteries, Magic and Miracles. Macnee appeared on Broadway as the star of Anthony Shaffer's mystery Sleuth in 1972–73. [16] He subsequently headlined the national tour of that play.[ citation needed ]

Macnee reunited with Diana Rigg in her short-lived NBC sitcom, Diana (1973) in a single episode. Other television appearances include a guest appearance on Columbo in the episode "Troubled Waters" (1975); and playing Major Vickers in For the Term of His Natural Life (1983). He had recurring roles in the crime series Gavilan with Robert Urich and in the short-lived satire on big business, Empire (1984), as Dr. Calvin Cromwell. Macnee also narrated the documentary Ian Fleming: 007's Creator (2000). [17]

Macnee featured prominently in two editions of the long-running British television series This Is Your Life : in 1978, when he and host Eamonn Andrews, both dressed as Steed, surprised Ian Hendry, and in 1984 when he was the edition's unsuspecting subject.

He also appeared in several cult films: in The Howling (1981), as 'Dr George Waggner' (named whimsically after the director of The Wolf Man , 1941) and as Sir Denis Eton-Hogg in the rockumentary comedy This Is Spinal Tap (1984). He played Dr. Stark in The Creature Wasn't Nice (1981), also called Spaceship and Naked Space. Macnee played the role of actor David Mathews in the made-for-television movie Rehearsal for Murder (1982), which starred Robert Preston and Lynn Redgrave. The movie was from a script written by Columbo co-creators Richard Levinson and William Link. He took over Leo G. Carroll's role as Alexander Waverly, the head of U.N.C.L.E. in Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen-Years-Later Affair (1983), produced by Michael Sloan. He was featured in the science fiction television movie Super Force (1990) as E. B. Hungerford (the series which followed only featured Macnee's voice as a Max Headroom-style computer simulation of his character), as a supporting character in the parody film Lobster Man From Mars (1989) as Prof. Plocostomos and in The Return of Sam McCloud (1989), a TV film, as Tom Jamison. He made an appearance in Frasier (2001), [18] and several episodes of the American science-fiction series Nightman as Dr. Walton, a psychiatrist who would advise Johnny/Nightman. Macnee appeared in two episodes of the series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993–94) and was a retired agent in a handful of instalments of Spy Game (1997–98).

Macnee made numerous TV commercials including one around 1990 for Swiss Chalet, the Canadian restaurant chain, and a year or so before, a commercial for the Sterling Motor Car Company. Over the James Bond theme, the car duels with a motorcycle assailant at high speed through mountainous territory, ultimately eludes the foe, and reaches its destination. Macnee steps out of the car and greets viewers with a smile, saying, "I suppose you were expecting someone else". Macnee was the narrator for several "behind-the-scenes" featurettes for the James Bond series of DVDs and recorded numerous audio books, including the releases of many novels by Jack Higgins. He also recorded the children's books The Musical Life of Gustav Mole and its sequel, The Lost Music (Gustav Mole's War on Noise), both written by Michael Twinn.

Macnee featured in two pop videos: as Steed in original Avengers footage in The Pretenders' video for their song "Don't Get Me Wrong" (1986) and in the promotion for Oasis's "Don't Look Back in Anger" (1996), as the band's driver, a role similar to that which he played in the James Bond film A View To A Kill (1985). In 1990 his recording with his Avengers co-star Honor Blackman, called "Kinky Boots" (1964), reached the UK Singles Chart after being played on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio One breakfast show.

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson

Macnee appeared in Magnum, P.I. (1984) as a retired, but delusional, British agent, who believed he was Sherlock Holmes, in a season four episode titled Holmes Is Where the Heart Is. He played both Holmes and Dr. Watson on several occasions. He played Watson three times: once alongside Roger Moore's Sherlock Holmes in a TV film, Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976), and twice with Christopher Lee, first in Incident at Victoria Falls (1991), and then in Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1992). He played Holmes in another TV film, The Hound of London (1993), along with the 1996 TV film Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Temporal Nexus[ citation needed ]. He is thus one of only a very small number of actors to have portrayed both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on screen. [19]

Personal life

Macnee married his first wife, Barbara Douglas (1921–2012), in 1942. They had two children, Rupert and Jenny, and a grandson, Christopher ("Kit"). After they were divorced in 1956, his second marriage (1965−1969) was to actress Katherine Woodville. His third marriage was to Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye, daughter of opera singer Ella Némethy. It lasted from 1988 until her death in 2007.[ citation needed ] Macnee became a US citizen in 1959. [20] [21] He dictated his autobiography, which he entitled Blind in One Ear: The Avenger Returns (1988), to Marie Cameron.[ citation needed ] Later in life, Macnee was an enthusiastic nudist. [22]


On 25 June 2015, Macnee died at Rancho Mirage, California, his home for the previous four decades, at the age of 93. [23] [24]


For credit listings reference [25]


1938 Pygmalion Extra Uncredited
1943 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp ExtraUncredited
1948 The Fatal Night Tony
Hamlet ExtraUncredited
1949 The Small Back Room Man at Committee MeetingUncredited
All Over the Town Mr. Vince
1950 The Girl Is Mine Hugh Hurcombe
Seven Days to Noon Bit PartUncredited
Dick Barton at Bay PhillipsCredited as Patrick McNee [26]
The Elusive Pimpernel Hon. John BristowReleased in the United States as 'The Fighting Pimpernel [27]
1951 Flesh and Blood SutherlandUncredited
Scrooge Young Jacob MarleyReleased in the United States as A Christmas Carol
1955 Three Cases of Murder Guard SubalternUncredited [28]
1956 The Battle of the River Plate Lieutenant Commander Ralph Medley [29]
1957 Les Girls Sir PercyAlso known as Cole Porter's Les Girls [30]
Until They Sail Pvt. Duff(scenes deleted)
1970 Incense for the Damned Derek LongbowAlso released as Bloodsuckers, Freedom Seeker and Doctors Wear Scarlet [31]
1970 Mister Jerico Dudley Jerico
1978Battlestar Galactica Imperious Leader Voice, Uncredited
1979The Billion Dollar ThreatHoratio Black
King Solomon's Treasure Captain John Good R.N.Macnee replaced Terry-Thomas.
1980 The Sea Wolves Major 'Yogi' Crossley
1981 The Howling Dr. George Waggner [32] [33]
The Hot Touch Vincent Reyblack [34] [35]
1982 Young Doctors in Love Jacobs
1983 Sweet Sixteen Dr. John Morgan
The Creature Wasn't Nice Dr. StarkAlso known as Naked Space and Spaceship
1984 This Is Spinal Tap Sir Denis Eton-Hogg
1985 A View to a Kill Sir Godfrey Tibbett
Shadey Sir Cyril Landau [36]
1988 Waxwork Sir Wilfred [37]
TransformationsFather Christopher
1989Chill FactorCarl Lawton
Lobster Man From Mars Professor Plocostomos
Masque of the Red Death Machiavel [38] [39] [40] [41] [42] [43] [44] [45]
Eye of the Widow Andrew Marcus
1992 Waxwork II: Lost in Time Sir Wilfred
1993King B: A Life in the MoviesHimself
1998 The Avengers Invisible Jones, a Ministry AgentVoice only. Adaptation of the 1960s TV series Macnee had starred in [46] [47] [48]
2003 The Low Budget Time Machine Dr. Ballard(final film role)


1953 Tales of Adventure Roger Sudden
1955 On Camera Guest star Recurring
1959 The Twilight Zone First OfficerEpisode: "Judgment Night"
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Fiancé
1959−60 The Swamp Fox British CaptainMain cast
1961−1969 The Avengers John Steed Main cast
1964 The Importance of Being Earnest Algernon MoncrieffTV adaptation for Armchair Theatre
1971 Alias Smith and Jones Norman Alexander1 episode
1975 Columbo Capt. GibbonEpisode: Columbo: Troubled Waters
1976 Sherlock Holmes in New York Dr. Watson TV film
1976−77 The New Avengers John Steed Main cast
1977Dead of NightDr. GheriaTV film
1978 Evening in Byzantium Ian WaldeighTV film
Battlestar Galactica Imperious Leader / Count Iblis
  • Voice for episodes 1−12
  • Uncredited
1980 The Littlest Hobo ElmerEpisode: "Diamonds Are a Dog's Best Friend" (S 1:Ep 18)
1982 Rehearsal for Murder David MathewsTV film
1982−83 Gavilan Milo BentleyMain cast
1983 Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. Sir John RaleighA reunion telefilm subtitled The Fifteen Years Later Affair was broadcast on CBS in America on 5 April 1983, with Vaughn and McCallum reprising their roles, and Macnee replacing Leo G. Carroll as the head of U.N.C.L.E. A framed picture of Carroll appeared on his desk.
For the Term of His Natural Life Major Vickers Miniseries [49] [50]
1984 Empire Calvin CromwellMain cast
1985 Lime Street Sir Geoffrey RimbattenMain cast
1989 Around the World in 80 Days Ralph GautierMiniseries
Dick Francis: Blood SportGeoffrey Keeble
Dick Francis: In the FrameGeoffrey Keeble
Dick Francis: Twice ShyGeoffrey Keeble
The Return of Sam McCloudTom JamisonTV Movie of the series
1990−92 Super Force Voice of E.B. Hungerford
1991 Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady Dr. Watson TV film
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Sir ColinMiniseries
1992 Incident at Victoria Falls Dr. WatsonTV film
1993 The Hound of London Sherlock Holmes TV film
1994 Thunder in Paradise Edward WhitakerMain cast
1996The Case of the Temporal NexusSherlock HolmesTV film
1997−98 Night Man Dr. WaltonRecurring
1997 Spy Game Mr. BlackEpisode:"Why Spy?" (S 1:Ep 1 −Pilot)
Light Lunch HimselfEpisode: "The Avengers... Still Kinky After All These Years" (S 1:Ep 42)
Diagnosis Murder Bernard GarrisonEpisode: "Discards" (S 5:Ep 10)
1999 Nancherrow Lord Peter AwliscombeTV film
Through the Keyhole House OwnerEpisode: "29 March 1999" (S 3:Ep 1)
2000 Family Law Sir Thomas MatthewsEpisode: "Second Chance" (S 1:21)
2001 Frasier Cecil HeadleyEpisode: "The Show Must Go Off" (S 8"EP 12)
2003That Was the Week We WatchedHimselfEpisode: "11–17 April 1970" (S 1:Ep 2)
2005After They Were FamousHimselfEpisode: "Crimefighters" (S 4:Ep 7)


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Emma Peel is a fictional spy played by Diana Rigg in the British 1960s adventure television series The Avengers, and by Uma Thurman in the 1998 film version. She was born Emma Knight, the daughter of an industrialist, Sir John Knight. She is the partner of John Steed.

Dr. Catherine "Cathy" Gale is a fictional character, played by Honor Blackman, on the 1960s British series The Avengers. She was the first regular female partner of John Steed following the departure of Steed's original male co-star, Dr David Keel. She made her first appearance at the start of the series' second season in 1962.

<i>The New Avengers</i> (TV series) British TV series

The New Avengers is a British secret agent action television series produced during 1976 and 1977. It is a sequel to the 1960s series, The Avengers and was developed by original series producers Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens.

Ian Hendry English actor

Ian Mackendrick Hendry was an English film, television and stage actor. He was best known for his work on several British TV series of the 1960s and 1970s, including the lead in the first series of The Avengers and The Lotus Eaters, as well as for his roles in films such as The Hill (1965), Repulsion (1965), Get Carter (1971), and Theatre of Blood (1973).

Kynaston Reeves British actor

Philip Arthur Reeves, known professionally as Kynaston Reeves, was an English character actor who appeared in numerous films and many television plays and series.

Hot Snow (<i>The Avengers</i>) 1st episode of the first season of The Avengers

"Hot Snow" is the pilot episode of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Ian Hendry and Patrick Macnee. It originally aired on ABC on 7 January 1961. Only about 20 minutes, the first of three acts, remain. The episode was directed by Don Leaver and generally acknowledged to have been written by Ray Rigby, but Brian Clemens claimed to have written it.

Dance with Death is the twelfth episode of the first series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Ian Hendry and Patrick Macnee and guest starring Caroline Blakiston, Angela Douglas and Geoffrey Palmer. It originally aired on ABC on 15 April 1961. The episode is considered to be lost. The episode was directed by Don Leaver, designed by James Goddard, and written by Peter Ling and Sheilah Ward.

The Frighteners (<i>The Avengers</i>) 15th episode of the first season of The Avengers

The Frighteners is the fifteenth episode of the first series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Ian Hendry, Patrick Macnee and Ingrid Hafner, and guest starring Willoughby Goddard, Philip Gilbert, Stratford Johns, Doris Hare, Neil Wilson and Philip Locke. It originally aired on ABC on 27 May 1961. For many years it was the only full episode which remained from the first series until the earlier episode Girl on the Trapeze was discovered in 2001 and the later episode Tunnel of Fear in 2016. The Frighteners was directed by Peter Hammond, designed by Robert Fuest, and written by Berkely Mather.

Crescent Moon is the fifth episode of the first series of the 1960s British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Ian Hendry, Patrick Macnee and Ingrid Hafner, and guest starring Patience Collier, Roger Delgado, Harold Kasket, and Bandana Das Gupta. It was performed and aired live on ABC on 4 February 1961, and is one of many Season 1 episodes that as of 2012 is considered lost. The episode was directed by John Knight, and written by Geoffrey Bellman and John Whitney.

Man in the Mirror is the twenty-second episode of the second series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Julie Stevens. It originally aired on ABC on 24 February 1963. The episode was directed by Kim Mills and written by Geoffrey Orme and Anthony Terpiloff.

Box of Tricks (<i>The Avengers</i>) 17th episode of the second season of The Avengers

Box of Tricks is the seventeenth episode of the second series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Julie Stevens. It originally aired on ABC on 20 January 1963. The episode was directed by Kim Mills and written by Peter Ling and Edward Rhodes.

Traitor in Zebra is the eleventh episode of the second series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman. It originally aired on ABC on 8 December 1962. The episode was directed by Richmond Harding and written by John Gilbert.

Death of a Batman is the fifth episode of the third series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman. It originally aired on ABC on 26 October 1963. The episode was directed by Kim Mills and written by Roger Marshall.

The Grandeur That Was Rome is the tenth episode of the third series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman. It originally aired on ABC on 30 November 1963. The episode was directed by Kim Mills and written by Rex Edwards.

The Golden Fleece is the eleventh episode of the third series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman. It originally aired on ABC on 7 December 1963. The episode was directed by Peter Hammond and written by Roger Marshall and Phyllis Norman.

Girl on the Trapeze 6th episode of the first season of The Avengers

Girl on the Trapeze is the sixth episode of the first series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Ian Hendry and Ingrid Hafner, and guest starring Mia Karam, Howard Goorney, and Kenneth Warren. It was performed and aired live on ABC on 11 February 1961, and is one of only three Season 1 episodes which are currently known to exist, complete. The episode was directed by Don Leaver, and written by Dennis Spooner.

Tunnel of Fear 20th episode of the first season of The Avengers

Tunnel of Fear is the twentieth episode of the first series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Ian Hendry, Patrick Macnee and Ingrid Hafner, and guest starring John Salew, Anthony Bate and Miranda Connell. It was recorded on 405-line monochrome videotape on 3 August 1961 and broadcast by the ABC on 5 August 1961. It is one of the three known complete series 1 episodes to have survived being purged from the ABC archives. The episode was directed by Don Leaver and written by John Kruse.


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