MCM: Ian McShane


Ian McShane has been in every kind of film genre since he began working in the 1960s, but today, we take a look at some of his historical films. And, as a fan of the original Deadwood series, I have to admit that I am getting very excited about seeing him return as Al Swearengen.


Wuthering Heights (1967)


Battle of Britain (1969)


Roots (1977)


Jesus of Nazareth (1977)


Will Shakespeare (1978)


The Fifth Musketeer (1979)


Disraeli – A Portrait of a Romantic (1980)


A.D. (1985)


Deadwood (2004-2006)


Pillars of the Earth (2010)


Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Doctor Thorne (2016)


What is your favorite historical character played by Ian McShane? Share it with us in the comments.

22 Responses

  1. Elizabeth K. Mahon

    Sorry to be that reader, but I think the photo from A.D. is Anthony Andrews as Nero. Not sure where Ian McShane is in that photo. He’s one of my favorite actors, always interesting. I still remember watching him in Bare Essence back in the day.

  2. Susan Pola Staples

    I am not a fan of Westerns, but Deadwood is one of three of my Ian McShane films/roles. The other two are Disraeli and Pillars of the Earth.

  3. crypticmirror

    Well hello Wuthering Heights pic, I’ll be meeting you again tonight in my dreams.

  4. eldalorien

    I didn’t realize Ian McShane had played Edmund Blackadder.

  5. CTrent29

    Among my favorite roles that McShane did in costume flicks are Benjamin Disraeli in “Disraeli”, Al Swearengen in “Deadwood”, Blackbeard in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and Sir Roger Scatcherd in “Doctor Thorne”.

  6. Lisa

    I loved him in Pillars of the Earth. I’m also enjoying hating him in American Gods.

  7. Mitzy G

    I really think that Rufus Sewell and Ian McShane need to play either brothers or father and son in a movie. They look so much alike sometimes. I loved Ian as Lovejoy and in Deadwood.

    • Kelly

      Right? I was about to make the same exact comment–and I had never noticed the resemblance before.

      • themodernmantuamaker

        Same!! And although it’s not historical, I’ll always love him best as Lovejoy!

  8. Fogbraider

    Not a historical flick, but he was very good as a young Gypsy in ‘Sky West and Crooked’ with Hayley Mills in 1966.

  9. Elisa Edgren

    What a nice way to start my morning!

    I don’t like Western, but I love Deadwood. I’m currently re-watching it in anticipation of th emovie.

  10. darlenemarshall

    Dang! I’m going to have to hunt down that Wuthering Heights, though I think my heart will always belong to Timothy Dalton in that role.

    I have to go with John Wick on this one. Not historical, but I love McShane’s character. Second choice would be Deadwood. The scene with Al and the dying preacher was amazing.