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Bio For: Ian McShane
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From a lawless saloon owner to the most feared pirate that ever sailed the seas, IAN MCSHANE (Amphiaraus) certainly has carved out quite the niche playing bad guys one would cross the street to avoid. That just might have changed in his latest roles including a salsa dance instructor opposite Nick Frost in "Cuban Fury" for director James Griffiths; as the good king of the land in "Jack the Giant Killer," and in "Snow White and the Huntsman" as the lead dwarf Beith, opposite Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. McShane starred in the billion-dollar blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" as the fearsome pirate Blackbeard. And he starred as the conniving and manipulative Waleran Bigod in the Emmy-nominated "The Pillars of the Earth," for which he received a Golden Globe Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries.

Highlights of his previous years in film include starring in and co-producing the motion picture "44 Inch Chest," lending his unique voice to the highly acclaimed features "Coraline," "Shrek the Third," "Kung Fu Panda," and "The Golden Compass." He was also seen in Woody Allen's "Scoop." In the critically acclaimed indie "Sexy Beast," McShane gave 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." Earlier in his career he starred in favorites "The Last of Sheila," "Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You," and "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium."

McShane has also enjoyed a long and creatively diverse career in both British and American television. One of his most significant roles was Al Swearengen on HBO's "Deadwood" for which McShane earned the coveted Golden Globe Award for "Best Actor in a Television Drama". His charismatic and alluring performance also led him to 2005 Emmy and SAG nominations for Lead Actor, as well as being voted "TV's Sexiest Villain" by People Magazine in 2005. Following a wave of critical acclaim for "Deadwood," he received the Television Critics Association's Award for "Individual Achievement in Drama," and was named as one of GQ's "Men of the Year", describing his character as "infectious" and "darkly irresistible."

In the beginnings of his career, McShane starred in "Roots," followed by starring as Judas in NBC's "Jesus of Nazareth" directed by Franco Zeffirelli. He played the title role in Masterpiece Theatre's "Disraeli," starred in the miniseries "A.D.," and "Whose Life Is It Anyway?," played Heathcliff in "Wuthering Heights," and starred in Harold Pinter's Emmy Award-winning "The Caretaker." McShane also starred in NBC's critically lauded drama, "Kings." In the late 1980's he formed McShane Productions, which produced the much-adored "Lovejoy" for the BBC and A&E. "Lovejoy" gave McShane a vehicle to star in as well as produce and direct.

In addition to his screen work, McShane is a celebrated stage actor.  In 2000 McShane returned to the West End in London to make his musical debut starring in "The Witches of Eastwick" as Darryl Van Horne. His varied stage career has included roles in "Loot," "The Admirable Crichton," "The Glass Menagerie" and "The Big Knife." He co-starred with Dame Judi Dench and Ian McKellen in "The Promise," which successfully played London and was his Broadway debut. In Los Angeles he starred in three productions at The Matrix Theatre, including the world premiere of Larry Atlas' "Yield of the Long Bond," for which he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award, as well as  "Inadmissible Evidence" and "Betrayal." In 2008 McShane returned to Broadway to star in a revival of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming" for the 40th Anniversary of the play.

Born in Blackburn, England, Ian is the son of professional soccer player Harry McShane, who played for Manchester United, and Irene McShane. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

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HERCULES (PG-13) On Video: 11/4/2014 At Theaters: 7/25/2014
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (PG-13) On Video: 6/18/2013 At Theaters: 3/1/2013
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG-13) On Video: 9/11/2012 At Theaters: 6/1/2012
On Video: 10/18/2011 At Theaters: 5/20/2011
CASE 39 (R) On Video: 1/4/2011 At Theaters: 10/1/2010
CORALINE (PG) On Video: 7/21/2009 At Theaters: 2/6/2009
DEATH RACE (R) On Video: 12/21/2008 At Theaters: 8/22/2008
KUNG FU PANDA (PG) On Video: 11/9/2008 At Theaters: 6/6/2008
THE SEEKER THE DARK IS RISING (PG) On Video: 3/18/2008 At Theaters: 10/5/2007
HOT ROD (PG-13) On Video: 11/27/2007 At Theaters: 8/3/2007
WE ARE MARSHALL (PG) On Video: 9/18/2007 At Theaters: 12/22/2006
SCOOP (PG-13) On Video: 11/21/2006 At Theaters: 7/28/2006
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