Disappointed in his limited career development, in the late 1950s Macnee was daily smoking 80 cigarettes and drinking a bottle of whisky.
Macnee died Thursday of natural causes with his family at his bedside in Rancho Mirage, his son Rupert said in a statement. The clever spy drama, which began in 1961 in Britain, debuted in the United States in Was Patrick Macnee a smoker?.
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It ran for eight seasons and continued in syndication for decades afterward. Macnee's character appeared in all but two episodes, accompanied by a string of beautiful women who were his sidekicks. The most popular was likely Diana Rigg, who played sexy junior agent Emma Peel from 1965 to 1968. Honor Blackman played Catherine Gale from 1962 to 1964, and Linda Thorson was Tara King from 1968 to 1969.
We even filmed in the same studio. On the other hand, the books - the James Bond books - were fascinating.
Daniel Patrick Macnee was born Feb. Before he left Eton, Macnee had discovered acting. 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.
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His final marriage was to Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye in 1988. Macnee became an American citizen in 1959 and moved to Palm Springs in 1967, saying the dry desert air benefited his daughter, who suffered from asthma. I feel very justified and delighted in seeing after all these years that the show works.