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Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen young

Birth Date

May 25, 1939


United Kingdom

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Natural hair color


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5 ft 11 in | 180 cm

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69 kg | 152 lbs

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Ian McKellen young Mini Bio best movies

Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Ian McKellen was born in Burnley, United Kingdom, on May 25, 1939, is an English actor. Young Ian McKellen began his acting career on the stage. He made his first professional appearance in a play A Man for All Seasons at the Belgrade Theatre (1961) in role as Roper. He made his big screen debut in British drama movie The Promise (1969) in role as Leonidik. Ian's breakthrough role came as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III in British drama film Richard III (1995).

Best films Awards

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actorfor his role as James Whale in drama film Gods and Monsters (1998).

He received an nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Gandalf in fantasy adventure film The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

He portrayed Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy:

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

He played Magneto in the X-Men films:

X-Men (2000)

X2: X-Men United (2003)

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Successful films

Restoration (1995) historical drama with Robert Downey Jr. and Meg Ryan

Bent (1997) drama with Clive Owen and Jude Law

The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) western with Bo Hopkins

Cold Comfort Farm (1995) comedy with Kate Beckinsale

Scandal (1989) drama with John Hurt and Bridget Fonda

The Shadow (1994) superhero with Alec Baldwin

The Da Vinci Code (2006) mystery thriller with Tom Hanks

The Golden Compass (2007) fantasy adventure with Nicole Kidman, Eva Green and Daniel Craig

Six Degrees of Separation (1993) comedy drama opposite Will Smith and Donald Sutherland

Apt Pupil (1998) thriller drama directed by Bryan Singer


He won a Tony Award for his role as Antonio Salieri in a play Amadeus (1981).

He is a vegetarian.

Friend with actress Rachel Weisz.

He is an atheist.

Ian is a prominent campaigner for LGBT rights.

He was in a relationship with a history teacher Brian Taylor (1964-1972) and film director Sean Mathias (1978-1988).


"The Lord of the Rings" is a mythology, it is a fairy tale, it's an adventure story. It never happened. Except somewhere in our hearts.

Before acting, I wanted to become a journalist. I also toyed with the idea of being a chef - but that's only when people asked me what I wanted to be. In fact I always used to say I wanted to be an actor, but I didn't ever believe that I was good enough to be come one.

The thing you notice here after America is how refreshingly ordinary people look because they haven't had their chin wrapped around the back of their ears.

I'm not quite as cool as I would like to be, really.

I love musicals; I love the ballet, opera, the circus. It's all performance to me.

I'm fortunate to be famous for two rather imposing characters like Magneto and Gandalf.

I'm only an actor. I'm not a writer. I'm not going to leave any legacy. All I've ever done is learn the lines and say them.

Actors don't, in fact, retire, do they? It took me a while to remember that.