We have some sad news to report as another legendary actor has passed away. Patrick Macnee, best known from the 1960s television series “The Avengers,” died on Thursday, June 25th, at his home in Rancho Mirage, California. He was 93.
Per The New York Times, Macnee’s son, Rupert, confirmed his death. In addition to his son, from his first marriage to Barbara Douglas, Macnee is survived by a daughter, Jenny, also from his first marriage, and a grandson.
Macnee was born on February 6, 1922, in London and grew up in Lambourn. He dipped his toes in the horror genre numerous times, most notably in 1981’s The Howling. He also appeared in Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Dead of Night, Masque of the Red Death, and TV series “Tales from the Darkside,” “Twilight Zone,” and “Night Gallery,” among others.
Of the role for which he’s best known, Macnee told The Daily Express in 2010, “I’m not surprised ‘The Avengers’ has such enduring popularity because it was a groundbreaking series that changed television. It was the first show that put its leading man and leading lady on an equal footing and showed a woman fighting and kicking and throwing men around. That was a radical departure in its time.”
We here at Dread Central send our condolences to Patrick’s numerous friends and family members. You will be missed, sir!