Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen

Born: 25 May 1939











Academy Award nominated actor Sir Ian McKellen was born on this day in 1939.

He began his career in theatre and has appeared on stage with both Dame Judi Dench and Patrick Stewart.

His first film role came in A Touch of Love (1969) and his first starring role was in Priest of Love (1980), despite this he wasn’t a well known film actor until the 1990s when he had a supporting role in Six Degrees of Separation (1993).

In 1995 he played the title role in Richard III and also co-produced and co-wrote, earning himself BAFTA nominations for Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.

His first Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor, came with the film Gods and Monsters (1998) and his role as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) earned him a second nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actor. He reprised this role for the other two films in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, along with the The Hobbit Trology.

McKellen has also turned his talents to action films, playing comic book supervillain Magneto in the X-Men series of films.

Other films he is known for include Alfred the Great (1969), Jack and Sarah (1995), The Da Vinci Code (2006) and The Golden Compass (2007).

Read more at The Internet Movie Database

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