I came home from the Valleycats game last night, and came across a notation on a message board I frequent that Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers, among others, had passed away earlier in the day at his home in California at 93.
Macnee, despite an extensive resume in films and television, will always be best remembered as secret agent John Steed in both TV itinerations of The Avengers, but it's easy to forget that when the series started, he had second billing, under Ian Hendry (as Dr. David Keel), but was elevated when Hendry left the show. After the short-lived New Avengers had completed production, and before it emigrated to the US, Macnee began finding steady work, appearing on such shows as Columbo, Battlestar Galactica, Gavilan, Super Force, & Thunder in Paradise.
Following is an sample Avengers clip with Macnee & Diana Rigg.
Rest in peace.