ByRob Harris, writer at
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Rob Harris

Accomplished actor Patrick Macnee, best known for playing bowler-hatted secret agent John Steed in the 1960s TV adaptation of The Avengers, passed away on Thursday, dying of natural causes at his home in California.

Macnee was known for his charming, gentlemanly on screen presence, and will be sorely missed by friends, family and fans alike. A statement on Macnee's website read:

Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories.

Though Macnee was a truly prolific stage actor, having appeared in more than 150 plays throughout his career, I'll always remember him as the pithy Avenger John Steed. Watch him at work in the original Avengers series below:

His co-star Dame Diana Rigg gave a heartwarming tribute to her former colleague and friend, saying:

Patrick was a very dear man and I owe him a great deal.

You might also recognize Macnee from James Bond's A View To A Kill, in which he starred opposite his close friend, Sir Roger Moore.

Moore took Macnee's death particularly hard, posting an emotional tribute on Twitter:

Often found rubbing shoulders with the greats, a young Macnee appeared in his school's performance of Henry V at age 11, alongside none other than Sir Christopher Lee, who coincidentally also passed away at age 93 earlier this month.

Patrick Macnee will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.


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