Another sad loss today with the passing of Patrick Macnee, star of TV's THE AVENGERS.
His death was announced on the official Patrick Macnee website. Macnee was 93 and passed on at his home in Rancho Mirage, California.
I fondly remember watching reruns of THE AVENGERS after school in the '70s. I started with the Linda Thorson episodes but of course, like everyone else, I loved the Diana Rigg episodes the most. Their episodes would invariably start with Steed (Macnee) finding a clever way to convey to Mrs. Peel (Rigg) that "We're needed!" Here's just one example:
And here are a couple versions of the awesome opening title sequence:
Macnee's long screen career began in 1949 and continued until about a dozen years ago. I also especially remember him from the original BATTLESTAR GALACTICA series, which I also loved as a kid, around the same time I was watching him in AVENGERS reruns.
Here are obituaries from Variety, the Los Angeles Times, and the BBC.