The 60s’ nattiest spy, actor Patrick Macnee dies aged 93

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Patrick Macnee in Lobster man from Mars, by Stanley Sheff

THE star of the well-loved 60s spy show The Avengers, Patrick Macnee, has died aged 93. The actor was a regular on stage in the West End and Broadway, but will be best remembered as John Steed, the nattily dressed, bowler-hatted spy who was deadly with an umbrella.
The show was a hit in the 60s, also starring Honour Blackman and Diana Rigg, then returned in the 70s as The New Avengers, where Macnee was accompanied by Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt.
Macnee was a regular cameo actor, notably in This is Spinal Tap as a record company executive, as a Columbo villain, and in the Oasis video for Don’t Look Back in Anger. He had his own top ten hit and won new fans in the 90s, with Kinky Boots alongside Honour Blackman.
Hi died on Thursday June 25 at his home in California, surrounded by his family.

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