Scottish actor Mark McManus is perhaps best remembered for playing the craggy title character, Glasgow police detective Taggert in a gritty television show that ran from the mid-'80s through the early '90s as a sequence of periodic three-part miniseries. Sold to over 40 countries, episodes were sometimes bundled and edited down into feature-length movies such as Cold Blood (1987). In the early '70s, McManus starred as a coal miner in the series Sam. McManus became an actor after moving to Australia in the 1960s. He gained experience in touring productions and made his feature film debut in 2000 Weeks (1969). In 1970, he starred opposite Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger in Ned Kelly. The following year, he returned to the U.K. and joined the Royal Court Theatre and the National Theatre. McManus first played the role of Taggart in Killer (1983).