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Born in Blackburn, England, IAN McSHANE (Merriman Lyon) is the son of professional soccer player Harry McShane, who played for Manchester United, and Irene McShane. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. 

McShane has enjoyed a long and creatively diverse career in both British and American television, including a role in the David Wolper's seminal 1970's mini-series ROOTS as well as BBC and BBC America's TRUST, playing the eccentric megalomaniacal head of the firm, Alan Cooper-Fozzard. Starring turns in WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY? for Granada TV, the role of Heathcliff in WUTHERING HEIGHTS for the BBC and Harold Pinter's Emmy-Award-Winning THE CARETAKER are among his other television highlights. McShane has also stepped into roles as well known figures, taking on parts as Judas in NBC's JESUS OF NAZARETH directed by Franco Zeffirelli, Prince Rainer in the network's THE GRACE KELLY STORY and the title role in Masterpiece Theatre's DISRAELI. Additional mini-series credits include CHARLIE THE KID, A.D., THE GREAT ESCAPE II, MARCO POLO, EVERGREEN, and WAR AND REMEMBRANCE. 

Having starred in more than 30 films including the recent indie film NINE LIVES, written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, it was his film debut in 1962's THE WILD AND THE WILLING that lead to other leading roles in THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN, THE LAST OF SHEILA, VILLAIN (co-starring Richard Burton), EXPOSED and AGENT CODY BANKS. In Jonathan Glazer's critically acclaimed indie SEXY BEAST, giving another riveting performance by transforming himself into the dark, sinister and very handsome character Teddy Bass, prompting one London writer to declare McShane "the king of cool.” 

Ian McShane recently stared in HOT ROD, a comedy directed by Saturday Night Live's Akiva Schaffer, in which he played the macho, athletic stepfather to accident-prone daredevil Andy Samberg. McShane will relocate to New York City to return to Broadway in Daniel Sullivan's revival of Harold Pinter's THE HOMECOMING. It's a 40th anniversary for both as Ian made his Broadway debut in a production of THE PROMISE in 1967, the same year THE HOMECOMING made its Broadway debut. 

McShanes's unique voice can be heard in two DreamWorks releases, first as Captain Hook in SHREK THE THIRD, already in theaters, as well as the voice of the villainous snow leopard Tai Lung in KUNG FU PANDA, which will hit theaters in 2008. After HOT ROD, he filmed Paramount's CASE 39, playing a detective opposite Renée Zellweger. He will be voicing the role of Mr. Bobinksy in Laika Entertainment's first animated feature, CORALINE, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's international best-selling book and directed by Henry Selick. In addition, he voiced the role of Iorek Byrnison in HIS DARK MATERIALS: THE GOLDEN COMPASS alongside Nicole Kidman and directed by Chris Weitz.

McShane earned the coveted Golden Globe Award for "Best Actor in a Television Drama” for his versatile performance as Al Swearengen on HBO's hit series DEADWOOD. His charismatic and alluring performance also led him to a 2005 Emmy and 2005 and 2006 SAG nominations for Lead Actor, as well as being voted by People Magazine in 2005, "TV's Sexiest Villain.” 

McShane starred in the 2006 Warner Brothers true-life drama WE ARE MARSHALL directed by McG opposite Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox, the story of a university overcoming the tragedy of losing a part of their football team in a deadly plane crash. McShane played the role of Paul Griffen, a university board member and father to one of the football players killed in crash. McShane can also be seen in Woody Allen's 2006 film, SCOOP, alongside Scarlett Johanssen and Hugh Jackman, playing the role of Joe Strombel.

In 2000 McShane returned to the West End in London to make his musical debut starring in Cameron Mackintosh's successful musical THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK as Darryl

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