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Michael Ironside

Michael Ironside has made a strong and indelible impression with his often incredibly intense and explosive portrayals of fearsome villains throughout the years. He was born as Frederick Reginald Ironside on February 12, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ironside was a successful arm wrestler in his teenage years. His initial ambition was to be a ... See full bio »

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Total Recall
Total Recall Richter
The Machinist
The Machinist Miller
Top Gun
Top Gun Jester
Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers Jean Rasczak


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 2016 The Jester from Transylvania (post-production)
Charles Pennington
 2016 Abysm (post-production)
Dr. Julian Loro
 2016 Heretiks (post-production)
The Magistrate
 2016 Lucky's Treasure (completed)
Henry Landis
 2016 Patient Seven (post-production)
Dr. Daniel Marcus
  The Harrowing (filming)
Lt. Logan
 2016 Line of Descent (Short)
Hank Lannigan
 2016/I Element
 2015 The Flash (TV Series)
Lewis Snart
 2015 The Sin Seer
Alexander Rachet
 2015/IV Synchronicity
Klaus Meisner
 2015 The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (TV Mini-Series)
Warren Stark
- Acts of Borden (2015) ... Warren Stark
 2015 Turbo Kid
 2015/II 88
Sheriff Knowles
 2014 Chimeras (Short)
 2014 A Fighting Man
Max Wynn
 2014 Extraterrestrial
 2014 Rake (TV Series)
- Three Strikes (2014) ... Victor
 2014 Stan Lee's Mighty 7 (TV Movie)
Xanar (voice)
 2013 Ice Soldiers
Col. Desmond Trump
 2013/I Stay
 2013 Meltdown on the Ice Planet
Rear Admiral Tragger
 2013 Transformers Prime (TV Series)
Ultra Magnus
- Deadlock (2013) ... Ultra Magnus (voice)
- Synthesis (2013) ... Ultra Magnus (voice)
- Persuasion (2013) ... Ultra Magnus (voice)
- Minus One (2013) ... Ultra Magnus (voice)
- Evolution (2013) ... Ultra Magnus (voice)
 2012 California Winter
Sheriff Hillman
 2012 Sunset Bar (TV Movie)
Ian Fishman
 2012 XIII: The Series (TV Series)
Mr. Barnowsky
- Battlezone (2012) ... Mr. Barnowsky
- Mousetrap (2012) ... Mr. Barnowsky
 2012 Dark Wall (TV Series)
- 6:14 (2012) ... Warden
 2012 All God's Children
 2012 Justified (TV Series)
- Measures (2012) ... Sarno
 2012 Burden of Evil (TV Movie)
Senator Pitfield
 2012 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (TV Series)
- The Most Evil Sorcerer: Part 2 (2012) ... Margolin
- The Most Evil Sorcerer: Part 1 (2012) ... Margolin
 2011 Transgression
 2011 Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising (Video)
Colonel Haggerd
 2011 X-Men: First Class
Captain (as M. Ironside)
 2004-2010 Smallville (TV Series)
General Sam Lane
- Ambush (2010) ... General Sam Lane
- Façade (2004) ... General Sam Lane
- Gone (2004) ... General Sam Lane
 2010 Burn Notice (TV Series)
Gregory Hart
 2010 Castle (TV Series)
Victor Racine
 2010/II Eva
 2010 Splinter Cell: Conviction (Video Game)
Sam Fisher (voice)
 2009 Hardwired
 2008-2009 Wolverine and the X-Men (TV Series)
Colonel Moss / Dr. Brooks
- Breakdown (2009) ... Dr. Brooks (voice)
- Guardian Angel (2009) ... Colonel Moss (voice)
- Battle Lines (2009) ... Colonel Moss (voice)
- Future X (2008) ... Colonel Moss (voice)
- Time Bomb (2008) ... Colonel Moss (voice, uncredited)
 2008 The Terrorist Next Door (TV Movie)
 2008 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
- Elephant's Memory (2008) ... John
 2008 Storm Cell (TV Movie)
 2007 TimeShift (Video Game)
Doctor Krone (voice)
 2006 The Veteran (TV Movie)
Mark 'Doc' Jordan
 2006 Masters of Horror (TV Series)
Mr. Chaney
- The V Word (2006) ... Mr. Chaney
 2006 Splinter Cell: Double Agent (Video Game)
Sam Fisher (voice)
 2003-2006 Justice League (TV Series)
- Destroyer (2006) ... Darkseid (voice)
- Alive! (2006) ... Darkseid (voice)
- Twilight: Part II (2003) ... Darkseid (voice)
- Twilight (2003) ... Darkseid (voice)
 2006 Splinter Cell: Essentials (Video Game)
Sam Fisher (voice)
 2006 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series)
- Crusade (2006) ... Seevis
 2005-2006 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Curtis Monroe
- Coming Home (2005) ... Curtis Monroe
 2006 1st Bite
 2005 On That Day (Short)
Daniel's Father
 2005 Guy X
Guy X
 2005 Deepwater
 2005 Bloodsuckers (TV Movie)
 2005 Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (Video Game)
Sam Fisher (voice)
 2005 Reeker
 2004 Medical Investigation (TV Series)
Ben Graybridge
- Price of Pleasure (2004) ... Ben Graybridge
 2004 Jackie Chan Adventures (TV Series)
Dragon Scout Leader
- Dragon Scouts (2004) ... Dragon Scout Leader (voice)
 2004 Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (Video Game)
Sam Fisher (voice)
 2003 Alaska (TV Movie)
 2003 Maximum Velocity
General Amberson
 2003 Red Phone 2 (TV Movie)
 2003 The Failures
 2003 Hemingway: That Summer in Paris (TV Movie)
 2002 Le dernier chapitre (TV Mini-Series)
Bob Durelle
 2002 The Red Phone: Manhunt (TV Movie)
 2002 Splinter Cell (Video Game)
Sam Fisher (voice)
 2002 Run Like Hell (Video Game)
Commander Mason (voice)
 2002 Fairytales and Pornography
Justice Coulton
 2002 Ignition
Jake Russo
 2001 Dead Awake
 2001 Soulkeeper
Voice of Mr.M (uncredited)
 2001 Children of the Corn: Revelation (Video)
 1999-2001 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
General Quince / Ambassador Prosser
- Rule of Law (2001) ... General Quince
- Summit (1999) ... Ambassador Prosser
 2001 Jett Jackson: The Movie (TV Movie)
Dr. Kragg
 2001 Borderline Normal
Coach Rehmer
 2001 Cause of Death
Jonas Phifer
 2000 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Nolan Pierce
- Retribution (2000) ... Nolan Pierce
- Turning Point (2000) ... Nolan Pierce
- Lazarus (2000) ... Nolan Pierce
- Winds of Change (2000) ... Nolan Pierce
 2000 Nuremberg (TV Mini-Series)
Col. Burton C. Andrus
 2000 Heavy Metal 2000
Tyler (voice)
 1997-2000 Superman (TV Series)
- Legacy: Part II (2000) ... Darkseid (voice)
- Legacy (2000) ... Darkseid (voice)
- Little Girl Lost: Part II (1998) ... Darkseid (voice)
- Apokolips... Now!: Part II (1998) ... Darkseid (voice)
- Apokolips... Now! (1998) ... Darkseid (voice)
 1999 Cold Squad (TV Series)
Chief Magnus Mulray
- Deadly Games: Part 1 (1999) ... Chief Magnus Mulray
 1999 The Omega Code
 1999 Black Light
Insp. Frank Schumann
 1999 Question of Privilege
Lt. Robert Ingram
 1998 Voyage of Terror (TV Movie)
 1998 Death Row the Tournament (Short)
 1998 Ivory Tower
Marshall Wallace
 1998 Captive
Detective Briscoe
 1997 Johnny 2.0 (TV Movie)
Frank Donahue
 1997 One of Our Own
Det. Jack Cooper
 1997 Chicago Cab
 1997 F/X: The Series (TV Series)
- Get Fast (1997) ... Montree
 1997 The Arrow (TV Movie)
CIA Director
 1996 The Moravian Massacre (Documentary)
John, Floyd
 1996 One Way Out
 1996 Portraits of a Killer
Sgt. Ernie Hansen
 1996 Too Fast Too Young
Capt. Floyd Anderson
 1996 Terminal (TV Movie)
Sterling Rombauer
 1996 The Destiny of Marty Fine
Mr. Capelli
 1995 Asian Connection: Road to Mandalay (TV Movie)
 1995 Bolt (Video)
Billy Niles
 1990-1995 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Burrows / Jerry
- Comes the Dawn (1995) ... Burrows
- The Sacrifice (1990) ... Jerry
 1994 Red Scorpion 2
Col. West
 1994 Probable Cause (TV Movie)
Gary Yanuck
 1994 Tokyo Cowboy
 1994 Red Sun Rising
Capt. Meisler
 1994 The Next Karate Kid
Col. Dugan
 1994 Dead Man's Revenge (TV Movie)
Luck Hatcher
 1994 Fortunes of War
Carl Pimmler
 1994/I Save Me
 1994 Forced to Kill
Sheriff Wilson
 1993 Point of Impact
Roberto Largo
 1993 Father Hood
 1993 Free Willy
 1993 Sweet Killing
Inspector Garcia
 1993 Marked for Murder (TV Movie)
Bats O'Bannion
 1992 Guncrazy
Mr. Kincaid
 1992 The Vagrant
Lt. Ralf Barfuss
 1991 Neon City
Harry M. Stark
 1991 Cafe Romeo
 1991 McBain
Frank Bruce
 1991 Deadly Surveillance (TV Movie)
 1991 Drop Dead Gorgeous (TV Movie)
Asylum Interrogator (uncredited)
 1991 Chaindance
J.T. Blake
 1991 Payback
Sheriff Pete
 1989 Mindfield
Kellen O'Reilly
 1989 Murder by Night (TV Movie)
Det. Carl Madsen
 1989 Destiny to Order
 1989 Thunderground
 1988 Hostile Takeover
Larry Gaylord
 1988 Watchers
 1988 One Boy, One Wolf, One Summer (TV Movie)
 1987 Danger Bay (TV Series)
Charles Fuller
- Pilot Error (1987) ... Charles Fuller
 1987 Nowhere to Hide
 1987 Ford: The Man and the Machine (TV Movie)
Harry Bennett
 1987 Prom Night II
Bill Nordham
 1987 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Lt. Rick Muldoon
- Man on the Edge (1987) ... Lt. Rick Muldoon
 1986 Top Gun
 1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
Detective Lawrence
 1986 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
Sheriff Lee
- Dead Man's Curve (1986) ... Sheriff Lee
 1985 The Cap (TV Movie)
 1985 The Falcon and the Snowman
FBI Agent
 1984-1985 V (TV Series)
Ham Tyler
- The Rescue (1985) ... Ham Tyler (credit only)
- The Betrayal (1985) ... Ham Tyler
- The Hero (1985) ... Ham Tyler
- The Conversion (1985) ... Ham Tyler
 1984 The Surrogate
George Kyber
 1984 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Wade Bennett
- Warpath (1984) ... Wade Bennett
 1984 Best Revenge
 1984 V: The Final Battle (TV Mini-Series)
Ham Tyler
- Part Three (1984) ... Ham Tyler
- Part Two (1984) ... Ham Tyler
- Part One (1984) ... Ham Tyler (credit only)
 1983 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
- Midway to What? (1983) ... Schrader
 1983 Cross Country
Det. Sgt. Roersch
 1983 The A-Team (TV Series)
Miler Crane
- The Taxicab Wars (1983) ... Miler Crane
 1983 American Nightmare
Sgt. Skylar (as Mike Ironside)
 1982 Off Your Rocker (TV Movie)
Victor (as Mike Ironside)
 1981 The July Group (TV Movie)
 1981 Clown White (TV Movie)
 1981 Surfacing
 1980 Coming Out Alive
 1980 Suzanne
 1980 I, Maureen
Dr. Paul Johnson
 1979 A Paid Vacation (TV Movie)
 1979 The Family Man (TV Movie)
 1979 The Littlest Hobo (TV Series)
- Silent Witness (1979) ... Bill
 1979 Stone Cold Dead
Murdered Police Detective
 1979 Summer's Children
 1978 Power Play
Torturer (uncredited)
 1978 High-Ballin'
 1978 For the Record (TV Series)
- A Matter of Choice (1978) ... Policeman
 1977 Outrageous!
Drunk (as Mike Ironside)
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Appeared in play, "Look Back in Anger" See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

M. Ironside | Mike Ironside


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on Total Recall] That was absolutely wonderful. God, I have so many friends from that. You know, on most films I make friends. I make friends with people behind the camera as well as in front of the camera, and I think I made more friends on that one than any other. Friends I'm still close with. It holds a really warm spot in my heart. It was six months in Mexico City shooting that. See more »


Has had a love of reading since childhood, with which he credits his father instilling in him: "My dad gave me and my brother this rule - as long as we were reading and doing nothing else, we could stay up until dawn or until we passed out... whichever came first. That's why, to this day, I'm a sucker for a good book.". See more »


Being an actor with a great sense of physicality, he frequently plays characters who lose limbs, such as in Total Recall (1990), Starship Troopers (1997), The Machinist (2004) and Guy X (2005). See more »

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Met him yesterday... BlindEagle1981
Jack Nicholson? Cmy527
He should play Batman/Bruce Wayne if they do 'The Dark Knight Returns' alexbirakos
Is he really crippled? butcherkorm
how many arms has he lost ?? davedagger
does he *ever* smile??? seanhantz
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