Thursday, June 25, 2015

Death of Patrick Macnee, Bowler star and leather boots – Le Figaro

The British actor, who played the cult character John Steed, has died at the age of 93 years.

A superstar of television is no more. British actor Patrick Macnee, best known for his role as John Steed in the television series bowler hat and leather boots died on Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, California. He was 93 years old.

A true icon of the small screen, his character John Steed, an armed secret agent humor and a purely British phlegm, and always (good) company together, including Emma Peel ( Diana Rigg), scored the minds of viewers. The series, whose original title is The Avengers (“The Avengers”), created by Sydney Newman and Leonard White, was broadcast in 1961 on ITV in Britain. It was only in 1967 that France will discover the series. And his famous generic signed Laurie Johnson.

Despite the end of the series, the appeal of his Majesty is stronger. And sticks to the skin after the end of the first “version” in 1969, shaken by the departure in 1967 of feline Diana Rigg, Macnee straightens his bowler hat and embarks his umbrella for a second version of Hat melon and leather boots, between 1976 and 1977.

If the character of John Steed is undoubtedly the role of a lifetime, yet Patrick Macnee has made appearances in several films, like in a James Bond Dangerously yours with Roger Moore (1985), and some episodes of series such as Magnum or Hart to Hart . After the “guests” on other TV shows, his last major role was in 2001 where he played the father of actor Frasier. His last appearance was in 2003.

If his composure and his smile will remain forever in the memories of viewers, Macnee was far from resembling his character. He enjoyed the beautiful little British cars – uncomfortable driving his Bentley, he remained perpetually on the third speed – was particularly sensitive – he sank into depression several times – and always asked that blood is never shown in the series.

Closing credits. In capital letters.


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