UK actor Patrick Macnee, best known for The Avengers, has died aged 93.
He died peacefully at home n California with his family at his bedside, his son Rupert said.
“Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories,” said his website.
Macnee played John Steed on the UK spy series from 1961 to 1969. He returned when the series was reprised as The New Avengers in the 1970s, appearing alongside Joanna Lumley’s Purdey and Gareth Hunt’s Mike Gambit. Steed was known for his dress sense, always donning a bowler hat and carrying an umbrella, which was used as a secret weapon.
He made over 50 TV appearances in Hollywood and New York with various international credits including Sherlock Holmes, Playhouse 90’s, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Dream On, Thunder in Paradise, Mysteries Magic and Miracles, Diana, Great Mysteries, Dial M for Murder, Thriller, Battlestar Galactica, Columbo, Khan, Dead of Night, The Hardy Boy Mysteries, Magnum PI, Hart to Hart, Murder She Wrote, The Love Boat, Diagnosis Murder.
Film credits included Hamlet, Sea Wolves, A View to a Kill, Les Girls, Mission of Danger, This is Spinal Tap, Dick Turpin’s Greatest Adventure, The Howling, Young Doctors In Love.
He also appeared in the Australian series For the Term of His Natural Life and toured Australia several times in theatrical productions.
In a 2014 interview Macnee said of The Avengers, “It was beautifully written, the ideas were very good, way ahead of their time and they incorporated fantasies for people who dreamed of doing exciting things.”