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About Patrick Magee (1922 – 1982)
Patrick McGee was born on March 31, 1922, in Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. He died at the age of 60 on August 14, 1982, in London, England. His birth name was Patrick George McGee.
McGee was the first born of five children in a middle-class family and was educated at St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh.
He changed the spelling of his family name to Magee for the stage, but not legally. His first stage experience came in Ireland, performing the works of Shakespeare with Anew McMaster's touring company. It was here that he first worked with the renowned playwright Harold Pinter. Subsequently he was brought to London by Tyrone Guthrie for a series of Irish plays. In 1957 he met Samuel Beckett and recorded some of Beckett’s prose for BBC radio. Beckett was so impressed with his voice that he wrote his play Krapp's Last Tape specifically for Magee.
Magee married Belle Sherry, also a native of County Armagh, in 1958. In February 1961, Belle gave birth to twins, Mark and Caroline McGee, in London.
In 1964 Magee joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, after Harold Pinter requested him for the part of McCann in his own play The Birthday Party. A year later he appeared in Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade, and when the play moved to Broadway he was nominated for and won a Tony Award. He also appeared in the 1966 RSC production of Staircase, alongside Paul Scofield.
Magee’s first film roles included Joseph Losey's The Criminal (1960) and The Servant (1963), the latter an adaptation penned by Pinter. The late ‘60s were an especially productive period for him, as he appeared as Surgeon-Major Reynolds in Zulu (1964), Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), Anzio (1968), and in the film versions of Marat/Sade (1967; as de Sade) and The Birthday Party (1968). He is probably most well-known for his role as the vengeful writer Frank Alexander, who tortures Alex DeLarge with Beethoven's music, in Stanley Kubrick's film A Clockwork Orange (1971). Magee was again directed by Kubrick in Barry Lyndon (1975), where he played Chevalier de Balibari.
Among Magee’s other film appearances were in such projects as Young Winston (1972), The Final Programme (1973), Galileo (1975), Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980), The Monster Club, and Chariots of Fire (1981). Because of his low, gravelly voice, disheveled hair, and aptitude for playing disturbed and/or sadistic characters, Magee was at his most prolific in the horror genre, where he can be seen in such works as The Masque of the Red Death (1964), Die, Monster, Die! (1965), The Skull (1965), Tales from the Crypt (1972), Asylum (1972), And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) and Demons of the Mind (1972).
Magee had a reputation as a heavy drinker, which may have accounted for his premature death from a heart attack at the age of 60.
Patrick Magee's movie credits include...
|1961||Never Back Losers|
|1962||A Prize of Arms|
|1963||The Young Racers|
|1963||The Very Edge|
|1964||Séance on a Wet Afternoon|
|1964||The Masque of the Red Death|
|1965||Die, Monster, Die!|
|1968||The Birthday Party|
|1970||You Can't Win 'Em All|
|1971||The Trojan Women|
|1971||A Clockwork Orange|
|1971||The Fiend aka Beware My Brethren|
|1972||Tales from the Crypt|
|1972||Demons of the Mind|
|1973||And Now the Screaming Starts!|
|1975||The Final Programme|
|1979||The Bronte Sisters|
|1980||The Monster Club|
|1980||Hawk the Slayer|
|1980||Sir Henry at Rawlinson End|
|1980||The Flipside of Dominick Hide|
|1981||Chariots of Fire|
|1981||The Black Cat|
|1981||Blood of Dr. Jekyll|
|1981||The Sleep of Death|
|1982||Another Flip for Dominick|
Patrick Magee in Barry Lyndon (1975).
Magee in The Final Programme (1975).