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Patrick Macnee dies at 93; dapper John Steed in TV's 'The Avengers'

Patrick Macnee dies at 93; dapper John Steed in TV's 'The Avengers'

He played the urbane John Steed, the bowler hat-wearing, umbrella-carrying British secret agent who fought and matched wits with assorted scoundrels with the help of a succession of smart, tough and sexy female partners. Patrick Macnee, 93, the dapper star of the classic 1960s TV series “The Avengers,” died Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage of natural causes, according to his son, Rupert. Imported to the United States in 1966 from England, where it was launched five years earlier, “The Avengers” ran on ABC until the series ended in 1969. The show’s popularity soared in 1962 when Honor Blackman became Steed’s partner, Mrs. Cathy Gale, a...

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