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Patrick Macnee (Photo by Jochen Harder/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Patrick Macnee (Photo by Jochen Harder/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Patrick Macnee, the British-born actor best known as the stylish secret agent John Steed in the 1960s TV series "The Avengers," has died. He was 93.

Macnee died Thursday in Rancho Mirage of natural causes, according to multiple news sources, including CNN.

"The Avengers" had its debut in the United States in 1966 and ran for eight years in syndication.

Macnee's character in the series was partnered with a series of beautiful women who were his sidekicks. The most popular was Diana Rigg, who played junior agent Emma Peel.

Macnee also appeared in "Hamlet", "A Christmas Carol," ''Until They Sail," ''Les Girls," and ''Young Doctors in Love." He also had a notable role in the cult comedy classic "This Is Spinal Tap" as British entrepreneur Sir Denis Eton-Hogg.

His television projects included "Battlestar Galactica" in 1979, an adaptation of "Around the World in 80 Days" in 1989, several made-for-TV movies based on classic Sherlock Holmes tales, and the series "Patrick Macnee’s Ghost Stories" in 1993.

Daniel Patrick Macnee was born Feb. 6, 1922, in London, England to Daniel and Dorothea Mary (Henry) Macnee.

He attended Summer Fields School in Oxford and Eton College in Eton, after which he received his acting training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He performed in repertory theater before serving in the Royal Navy during World War II.

Macnee has been married three times. He has two children, Rupert and Jenny Macnee, from his first marriage. He published a memoir titled "Blind in One Ear: The Avenger Returns" in 1988.
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