Patrick Macnee (1922 – 2015)
Patrick Macnee joined the Royal Navy in October 1942and was commissioned in June 1943, becoming a navigator on Motor Torpedo Boats in the English Channel and North Sea. Macnee caught bronchitis just before D-Dayand while he was recuperating in hospital, his boat and crew were lost in action.
Later in life, whilst working in London, Macnee was offered the TV part of super-spy John Steed in The Avengers (1961−69), for which he became best known. Other career highs include playing Major Crossley in The Sea Wolves (1980), This Is Spinal Tap (1984), starring as Sir Godfrey Tibbett opposite Roger Moore in the James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985), and the TV series Spy Game (1997-1998).
Macnee married three times in his life to Barbara Douglas, Katherine Woodville and Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye, and had two children. On 25 June 2015, Macnee died in California at the age of 93.