It certainly feels that we have been seeing far too many iconic actors and familiar names from TV and Film passing away these last few weeks. Sir Christopher Lee, Dick Van Patten, James Horner, and now Patrick Macnee.
Much like McGoohan’s 1967 TV series The Prisoner, when A & E started to show reruns of the 1965’s The Avengers I was already a fan thanks to my Father telling me about the series. He was pretty sure that I would find a hero in Macnee’s character of John Steed, the dapper secret agent who would have surely stolen the show if not for his beautiful and equally talented co-star for the 1965 to 1968 seasons, Diana Rigg. My Father was 100% correct and Steed became in my young mind the epitome of how a true gentleman should behave…and the reason one needed to learn how to fight with an umbrella as a weapon of choice.
[Via] The Rap Sheet
Though that was not the first role I saw Macnee in, that honor went to his portrayal of Dr. George Waggner in Joe Dante’s 1981 classic The Howling.
I am so very thankful that I was able to meet Macnee at the San Diego Comic-Con many, many years back. He was absolutely the perfect gentleman as he spent a little over an hour reminiscing on his long career. I’m happy to say that he was a fan of The Howling, he said he felt it was one of the best Werewolf films ever made. I’m pretty sure that I videotaped his interview and if I can find it I’ll be sure to upload it for you all to see in the near future.
Here is Macnee and Rigg being interviewed by Joachim Fuchsberger.
[Via] Fred Pelding
I’ve had to say this far too many times in the last few weeks…dim the lights in the auditorium.