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Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen young

Birth Date

May 25, 1939

Nationality

United Kingdom

Sun Sign

Gemini

Natural hair color

Gray

Eye color

Blue

Height

5 ft 11 in | 180 cm

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Weight

69 kg | 152 lbs

Shoe size

Not available

Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Sir Ian Murray McKellen was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, on May 25, 1939, is an English actor. Young Ian McKellen first started performing on stage, at Bolton Little Theatre. He was a member of the Marlowe Society at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and appeared in 23 plays.

He landed his professional stage debut in a play "A Man for All Seasons" (1961) in role as Roper, at the Belgrade Theatre.

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

He won six Laurence Olivier Awards and four Drama Desk Awards.

He got his television debut in the British period drama series The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (1964) in episode "The Tomb of His Ancestors", in role as Plowden. He made his big screen debut in British drama movie The Promise (1969) in role as Leonidik.

Ian's breakthrough performance came as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III in British drama film Richard III (1995), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

New Movies

The Good Liar (2019) drama thriller in role as Roy Courtnay, opposite Helen Mirren

Cats (2019) musical fantasy in role as Gus the Theatre Cat, directed by Tom Hooper

Best Movies

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), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

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

He played Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in the X-Men films:

X-Men (2000)

X2: X-Men United (2003)

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

The Wolverine (2013) uncredited cameo

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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

He won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Kurt Dussander in thriller drama movie Apt Pupil (1998), directed by Bryan Singer.

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

Bent (1997) drama with Clive Owen and Jude Law

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

Cold Comfort Farm (1995) comedy with Kate Beckinsale

Scandal (1989) drama opposite John Hurt and Bridget Fonda

The Shadow (1994) superhero with Alec Baldwin

The Da Vinci Code (2006) mystery thriller opposite 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

All Is True (2018) fictional historical directed by Kenneth Branagh

TV Shows

He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Tsar Nicholas II in biographical historical drama television movie Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996).

He guest starred in British sitcom (2006) in episode: "Sir Ian McKellen", for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

David Copperfield (1966) BBC television serial in role as David Copperfield

Windmills of the Gods (1988) CBS two-part television miniseries in role as Chairman

David Copperfield (1999) two-part BBC television drama in role as Mr. Creakle

Coronation Street (2005) British soap opera in role as Mel Hutchwright / Lionel Hipkiss

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role as Bill Kraus in television film And the Band Played On (1993).

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role as King Lear in television film King Lear (2008).

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role as Number Two in miniseries The Prisoner (2009).

Vicious (2013-2016) British sitcom in role as Freddie Thornhill

He played Norman in British drama film The Dresser (2015), for which he was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Facts

Attended Bolton School in Greater Manchester.

Graduated with a 2:2 in English from Cambridge University.

Has Scottish, Northern Irish and English ancestry.

Has a sister, Jean.

Featured in music videos for:

Pet Shop Boys "Heart" (1988)

George Ezra "Listen to the Man" (2014)

He is a vegetarian.

Friend with actress Rachel Weisz.

He voiced Zebedee in animated adventure fantasy film The Magic Roundabout (2005) and Horatio P. Huntington in animated comedy-fantasy movie Animal Crackers (2017).

He is an atheist.

Ian is a prominent campaigner for LGBT rights.

Was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1979.

Relationships

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

Quotes

"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.

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