Ian McShane (September 29, 1942) is a British actor, director, producer and comedian. He is best known as the antique dealer Lovejoy in the tv series "Lovejoy" (1986-1994) and Al Swearengen in the western series "Deadwood" (2004-2006). His most well known film role is the voice of Tai Lung the snow leopard in "Kung Fu Panda" (2008) and the role of Blackbeard in "Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides" (2011).
"Johnny [Depp]’s got quite quirky, eclectic musical tastes and so do I. I’m a huge fan of [Frank] Zappa and Beefheart. Johnny’s very versed in that time. We were talking about a very brilliant but erratic American actor called Timothy Carey. He was in Stanley Kubrick’s "The Killing" but he was clearly off his trolley. And he made this film, The World's Greatest Sinner. I’d never seen it. Johnny said,”I’ve got to get you this movie.” And he sent it to me. It’s a wacko film. And who did the music for it? Frank Zappa. I just started his biography again, "Zappa". I was reading it and it was one of those funny things that came out of nowhere. He wrote the music for The World's Greatest Sinner." .