Scoop : About The Cast - Ian McShane

IAN McSHANE (Joe Strombel)

Ian McShane can currently be seen starring in the third season of HBO’s series Deadwood. His potent portrayal of Al Swearengen has to date earned him a Golden Globe Award and a Television Critics
Association Award, as well as Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Soon to be seen in McG’s We Are…Marshall (with Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox), his many other film credits include Rodrigo García’s Nine Lives (in the segment with Sissy Spacek and Amanda Seyfried); Harald Zwart’s Agent Cody Banks; Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast; James Toback’s Exposed; Herbert Ross’ The Last of Sheila; Michael Tuchner’s Villain (opposite Richard Burton); and Guy Hamilton’s Battle of Britain. Additionally, Mr. McShane will be heard in two upcoming animated features. In Raman Hui and Chris Miller’s Shrek 3, he plays the legendary Captain Hook; in Mark Osborne and John Stevenson’s Kung Fu Panda, he plays the villainous snow leopard Tai Lung.

Born in Blackburn, England, he has enjoyed a long career in both Britain and America. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, leaving the school one semester shy of graduation so as to make his film debut in Ralph Thomas’ The Wild and the Willing.
Mr. McShane has starred in several classic television miniseries. These include Roots; Jesus of Nazareth (in which he portrayed Judas Iscariot, under Franco Zeffirelli’s direction); Disraeli (in the title role, under Claude Whatham’s direction); Wuthering Heights (as Heathcliff, under Peter Sasdy’s direction); and Dan
Curtis’ War and Remembrance.

In the late 1980s, he formed McShane Productions. The company made the series Lovejoy, in which he starred as the title character. Mr. McShane also directed several episodes of the globally popular
comedy/drama. McShane Productions subsequently made the telefilm Soul Survivors and the dramatic series Madson, both of which starred Mr. McShane.
His many stage credits include the original production of Joe Orton’s Loot; Promise, with Judi Dench and Ian McKellen; The Witches of Eastwick (as Darryl Van Horne); The Glass Menagerie (as Tom Wingfield); and two productions for which he was honored with the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Betrayal and
Inadmissible Evidence.