Patrick Macnee, Star of The Avengers 1960s Spy Series, Dead at 93

Patrick Macnee Dead

British actor Patrick Macnee, most recognizable to American audiences for playing secret agent John Steed in the 1960s cult-favorite TV series The Avengers, has died of natural causes at age 93.

He briefly reprised his iconic, umbrella sword-wielding role for the short-lived mid-‘70s revival The New Avengers.

Macnee’s post-Avengers TV credits included the title role in ABC’s CIA series Gavilan, the 1989 miniseries Around the World in 80 Days, voicing the opening credits for TV’s original Battlestar Galactica, the CBS drama P.S.I. Luv U, the syndicated action-adventure series Thunder in Paradise and, most recently, a 2001 episode of Frasier.

Do you have a favorite role of Macnee’s? Drop your memories of the acclaimed actor in a comment below.

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10 Comments
  1. Alison Cox says:

    Always loved the talent of Mr Macnee, loved his voice, his suave stature. Class all the way, RIP John Steed! I will definitely miss you.

    • herman1959 says:

      I loved him on reruns of the Avengers, and I believe he did an episode of Columbo.

      • Lee Horton says:

        Yes he did – Captain of the cruise ship that Columbo was on with Robert Vaughn as the murderer – I think it was called “Troubled Waters” circa 1975.

  2. Drew says:

    RIP, young Jacob Marley.

  3. Melina says:

    RIP John Steed! XO

  4. Matthew says:

    I am crushed by this. I loved the Avengers. The derring do of that daring duo was predicated on the fact that the main characters were complete equals. Patrick Macnee’s portrayal of John Steed gave this questioning youngster a good-natured, smart, and oh-so stylish hero to look up to.

  5. Harnas says:

    “Mrs. Peel, we’re needed.”

    Rest in Peace

  6. Doug Henning says:

    Should have figured out a way to have had him play a small part with “Emma Peel” on Game of Thrones before he left this world.