David Patrick Macnee (born 6 February 1922) is an English actor, known for his role as the secret agent John Steed in the series The Avengers. Macnee, the elder of two sons (he has a younger brother, James), was born Daniel Patrick Macnee in Paddington, London, to Dorothea Mary (nee Henry) and Daniel 'Shrimp' Macnee, a race horse trainer. His maternal grandmother was Frances Alice Hastings, who descended from the Earls of Huntingdon. Macnee has long suggested that he may be a distant relation of Robin Hood, sometimes said to have been a black sheep of the Huntingdon family. Macnee's great-grandfather was Scottish portrait artist Sir Daniel Macnee.
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