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  • Place of birth : London
  • Date of birth : 06/02/1922

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  • Macnee Patrick

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Patrick Macnee (1922)

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Patrick Macnee is an English actor, best known for his role as the secret agent John Steed in the series The Avengers.

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 early life
Macnee, the elder of two sons , was born Daniel Patrick Macnee in Paddington, London, the son of Dorothea Mary (née Henry) and Daniel "Shrimp" Macnee, a race horse trainer. His maternal grandmother was Frances Alice Hastings, who descended from the Earls of Huntingdon – Macnee has long suggested that he may be a distant relation of Robin Hood, sometimes said to have been a black sheep of the Huntingdon family. Macnee's great-grandfather was Scottish portrait artist Sir Daniel Macnee.

His parents divorced after his mother declared her lesbianism and had a live-in partner (referred to in Macnee's memoirs, Blind in One Ear: The Avenger Returns, as "Uncle Evelyn") who helped pay for young Patrick's schooling. He was educated at Eton College, was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and was awarded the Atlantic Star for his service during World War II. After nurturing his acting career in Canada, Macnee appeared in supporting roles in a number of films, notably as an extra in Sir Laurence Olivier's Hamlet , in the Gene Kelly vehicle Les Girls and opposite Anthony Quayle in the 1956 war movie The Battle of the River Plate. He had a small role in the 1951 version of Scrooge as the young Jacob Marley.

 personal life
Macnee has two children, Rupert and Jenny, from his first marriage to Barbara Douglas (1942-56). His second marriage (1965–69) was to actress Katherine Woodville. His third marriage was to Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye (1988-2007, her death).

Macnee is an avid nudist, sometimes to the dismay of his friends and co-stars: He once invited Honor Blackman to watch him play tennis in the nude, an invitation she declined.

Macnee became an American citizen in 1959.

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