He had a voice that was hard to forget and a presence that could never be forgotten.
Patrick Macnee, star of “The Avengers” and the voice of the narrator of the original “Battlestar Galactica”, has died of natural causes at the age of 93.
He was almost expelled from Eton for running a gambling ring, acted opposite a young Sir Christopher Lee in Henry the V at age 11, served in WWII, but what most people will remember him for will be as the dapper John Steed from the 1960s classic tv show “The Avengers.”
Long before everyone associated the name “The Avengers” with Captain America and crew there was another show with the name. It ran from 1963 to 1969 and followed the adventures of secret agent John Steed as he saved the world from a bevy of devious villains with his beautiful and capable assistants. It was in fact so popular that he returned to the character 6 years later in “The New Avengers” with 2 new assistants.
He was also the voice of the narrator, the Imperious Leader of the Cylons and the formidable Count Iblis in the original Battlestar Galactica, a James Bond villain in “A View to a Kill”, and made a guest appearance as a record executive in the cult favorite “This is Spinal Tap”.
“Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories,” a statement on the actor’s website read. “Patrick Macnee was a popular figure in the television industry. He was at home wherever in the world he found himself. He had a knack for making friends, and keeping them.”
Macnee is survived by his daughter and son.