Ian McShane is an English actor, singer, and voice artist who has vigorously worked in the entertainment field since 1962. This actor has already celebrated his emerald anniversary working in this field for 58 years. He has appeared in a different genre of movies and series, for which he has also received several prestigious nominations and awards.

Likewise, he is well-known for his characterization in the series ‘Lovejoy’ in a titular role. Moreover, he is also known for his film roles in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,’ ‘John Wick’ film series, and many more. Apart from acting, he is also a voice artist who has lent his voice in different movies, series, and video games.

Quick Info
Full NameIan David McShane
ProfessionActor, Voice Actor, Singer
Parents NameHarry McShane
Irene Cowley
Birth Date29 September 1942
Birth PlaceBlackburn, Lancashire, England
Net Worth 2020$10 million
SpouseSuzan Farmer (1965-1985)
Ruth Post (1970s)
Gewn Humble
Height5 feet and 7½ inches (171cm/1.71m)
Weight70 kg (154lbs)

Ian McShane

Where was Ian McShane born?

Ian David McShane was born on 29 September 1942 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. He was born as the only child of his parents to Harry McShane, a football player, and Irene Cowley. Additionally, he is currently 78 years old with a Libra star sign.

What is Ian’s educational detail?

Though his father was a footballer, Ian always became interested in acting. He grew up in Manchester and completed his primary schooling at Stretford Grammar School. Likewise, he joined the National Youth Theatre and enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where he studied drama.

What is the distinctive feature of Ian McShane?

Ian McShane holds British nationality. He has Scottish ancestry from his father’s side and Irish, English descent from his mother’s side.

Ian stands 5 feet and 7½ inches (171cm/1.71m) tall and weighs around 70 kg (154lbs). Moreover, he has a pair of blue-colored eyes and black hair color.

Who is Ian McShane’s spouse?

Ian McShane has married thrice. He first married Suzan Farmer in 1965 and divorced her in 1968. Likewise, in 1977 he started dating Sylvia Kristel, with whom he had a violent relationship. She even lost her child during her three months of pregnancy during their fight.

After they broke up, he married his second wife, Ruth Post. Ruth and Ian have two children named Kate and Morgan. They also ended their marriage, and his final; marriage happened in 1980 with Gown Humble.

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How did Ian McShane begin his career?                            


Ian McShane started his film career in the 1962 film ‘The Wild and the Willing’ as Harry Brown. He then appeared in the movies like ‘The Pleasure Girls’ in 1965, ‘Battle of Britain’ in 1969, ‘Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You’ in 1970, ‘Left Hand of Gemini’ in 1972, and many more. Some of his other movies in the late 1970s and 1980s are ‘The Great Riviera Bank Robbery,’ ‘The Fifth Musketeer’ as Fouquet, ‘Exposed,’ and ‘Too Scared to Scream.’ Ian did not play any movies in the 1990s. Similarly, in 2000 he made a comeback with the film ‘Sexy Beast’ as Teddy Bass. He then appeared in ‘Bollywood Queen’ in 2002 and ‘Agent Cody Banks’ in 2003. Moreover, he also featured Larry in ‘Nine Lives’ in 2005 and as  Joe in ‘Scoop’ in 2006. The next year, he appeared in four different films where he had two voice roles.

Similarly, in 2008 he received another voice role as Tai Lung in the famous computer-animated action comedy film ‘Kung Fu Panda.’ This is the first installment of the film, which starred other voice artists like Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong, Dan Fogler, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Jackie Chan. Moreover, he also had a voice in the 2009 movie ‘Coraline.’ He also became the executive producer of the 2009 crime comedy-drama film ’44 Inch Chest.’ Likewise, the next role that brought him into the limelight is in the fantasy film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ as Blackbeard in 2011. This movie is the fourth installment of the movie.


Ian has performed in various genres of movies. Some of his other notable films from 2012 to date are the John Wick film franchise where he has portrayed Winston’s role. Moreover, he also had voice roles in ‘Bilal’ in 2015 and ‘Here Comes the Grump’ in 2018. Likewise, his last played films are ‘Hellboy,’ ‘Bolden’ and ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ in 2019.

TV Series

Talking about his television role, Ian made his debut television role in the 1964 series ‘Spanner in the Grass Works.’ Likewise, during the 1970s, he appeared in various television films and series like ‘You Can’t Win,’ ‘Space: 1999,’ ‘Jesus of Nazareth,’ ‘Disraeli,’ and many more. Similarly, he also played in various series in the 1980s. One of his popular roles is in the 1986 series ‘Lovejoy’ where he had a titular role. Moreover, this series also started from 1991 to 1994. Ian mostly appeared in television films like ‘Babylon 5: The River of Souls,’ ‘Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception,’ ‘Man and Boy,’ etc.

Furthermore, he also appeared in an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’ in 2003 as dr. Chandler. From 2004 to 2006, he appeared in ‘Deadwood’ as Al Swearengen. Moreover, he also had a voice role in ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ in 2008. Ian also had a television film role in the ‘Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special’ where he reprised his voice of Tai Lung in 2010.

He also became one of the casts in various series like ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ in 2012, ‘Ray Donovan’ in 2015, ‘Doctor Theme,’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ in 2016. Likewise, he also appeared as the main cast of the 2017 series ‘American Gods,’ which is still running. His last played series is ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ and ‘Deadwood: The Movie’ in 2019.

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What are the achievements of Ian McShane?

Ian McShane won the Television Critics Association Awards and the Golden Globe Awards in 2004 and 2005 for his role in ‘Deadwood.’ He has also received the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for his film ’44 Inch Chest’ in 2010. Likewise, he has recently received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his television film ‘Deadwood: The Movie’ in 2019.

What is Ian McShane’s net worth?

Ian McShane has already spent more than 50 years of his life in this entertainment field. He has an estimated net worth of $10 million as of 2021.