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Patrick Macnee 'Avengers' star dies at 93

Best known as dapper secret agent, John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series The Avengers, Macnee died of natural causes with his family at his bedside.

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British-born actor, Patrick Macnee has passed on at the age of 93-years old in Rancho Mirage on Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Best known as dapper secret agent, John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series The Avengers, Macnee died of natural causes with his family at his bedside.

Daniel Patrick Macnee was born on February 6, 1922, in London to a pair of eccentrics, and attended Eton, although he claimed to have been thrown out for dealing in horse-race bets and pornography. He also served in the military during World War II, captaining torpedo boats that sought to destroy German U-boats in French waters.

Before he left Eton, Macnee had discovered acting. He apprenticed in the British theater, toured in provincial theaters and made his film debut as an extra in the 1938 film “Pygmalion.”

At 19, he married Barbara Douglas, and they had two children, Rupert and Jenny.

After the war, Macnee graduated from drama school, but he had trouble finding work, moving to Canada at one point to hunt for acting jobs.

He married actress Kate Woodville in 1965, but they divorced in 1969. His final marriage was to Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye in 1988.

Macnee has a long list of filmography that includes Hamlet, A Christmas Carol, Until They Sail, Les Girls, Young Doctors in Love, Sweet 16 and This Is Spinal Tap.

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