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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta PACE 7 Flukes lead Patrick Macnee to stardom By WILLIAM GLOVER NEW YORK (AP) Patrick Macnec, the unflappable crime- buster of TV fantasy now on temporary loan to stage melo- drama, calls "incredible luck" his vital career force. "Take being he says, "Broadway terrifies me. It is only by an absolute fluke that I'm in an already established hit." Being star of The Avengers on TV, he realizes, led to a part in Sleuth, a sleek suspense play- But he broke in as the derby- hatted, umbrella-twirling Aven- ger hero because he happened to meet a man on the street in CBC filming musical comedy The National Film Board of Canada has begun filming a feature-length musical comedy, as yet imtitlcd. dealing with a woman who escapes from a home for the elderly and a young boy who has run away from school. London. And that In (urn was the result of sustained effort in Canada. The coincidences go back to Macncc's arrival at Eton no mean feat ilsclf for a racehorse trainer's son just when a drama enthusiast happened to be headmaster. CHOSE FILM Macnee's career began in British repertory after some post-Eton courses at a small drama school. He had ad- vanced as far as L o n d o n j standby assignments when the Secor.d World War sent him off on five years of torpedo boat duty in the English Channel. j He forgot to take his cap of[ while proclaiming a poem at a victory celebration attended b> King George VI. but overcame that unintended royal snub later in a West End production of The White Devil. The result was two replace Paul Scofiekl in n stage j presentation, or appear as an extra in Laurence Oliver's, movie of Hamlet. j I Macnec took the Hamlet job because of the higher pay. ''It is interesting lo Ihc comments, "what would I have happened if I'd gone cm in classical theatre instead nf fpl- lowing the commercial path." In 1948, the fledgling player got into a remake of The Scar- let Pimpernel with his second cousin, David Niven. DID TV IN CANADA By 1952, Macnee hod emi- grated to Canada. He did quite a bit of early television there, unsuccessfully tried (or Broad- Friday, October 20 ra o ID 0 (3 O O