Despite his persona as the quintessential Englishman, Macnee had in fact become an American citizen in 1959 and lived most of his life in southern California, where he enjoyed the climate and—having decided his sexual and personal development had been distorted by his childhood—became an enthusiastic nudist.

He’s best known for playing John Steed in The Avengers, but the oh-so-English actor had a more interesting life than you can imagine.