Recalling this evening my enduring enjoyment of the Avengers TV series, I learned only today of the death of Patrick Macnee at the age of 93. What a wonderful presence he has been for so many of us, providing many of the highlights of British television over the years. His was a good innings, but all the same it's sad to learn that he is no more with us. He somehow exuded continuous warmth and humanity, giving so much of himself in his performances. Great man!
This is a wonderful website. I am surprised I just learned about it. Your collection of the facts of Pat's life and your interesting way of presenting them is very impressive. I really enjoyed looking at every page. As a huge fan of Patrick Macnee (my favorite actor ever), I am very grateful to you for the loving work you put into this website. It's wonderful to have his whole life so well presented by someone who really cared about his life and career.
Patrick was my first encounter when I stepped off the boat bound for Toronto and the opening of television. November 1953, and we both huddled at the YMCA from the bitter cold. I met him again years later at the Topanga Canyon clothing optional resort. We were both starkers. A dear man, and always cheerful and outgoing.
It is only since being able to watch all the re-runs of The Avengers with Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson that I realise what a wonderful actor and personality we have lost. I just wish the channel would re-run the original Avengers with Honor Blackman. The real pity is that so much of his TV work before The Avengers was not recorded so we can only look at pictures. What charisma he had and so few actors today of his class.
What I keep wondering: Is there no audio tape of Macnee's Pride and prejudice (1958)? After all people used to record TV sound on reel-to-reel tape. There are a few dozen pictures from that show... If only we could find the audio, it could make a really nice reconstruction. (The show itself is lost, I checked with the Canadian broadcaster.)