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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
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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/I Element
 2015 The Sin Seer
Alexander Rachet
 2015/IV Synchronicity
Klaus Meisner
 2015 Turbo Kid
 2015/II 88
Sheriff Knowles
 2014 A Fighting Man
Max Wynn
 2014 Extraterrestrial
 2013 Ice Soldiers
Col. Desmond Trump
 2013/I Stay
 2013 Meltdown on the Ice Planet
Rear Admiral Tragger
 2012 California Winter
Sheriff Hillman
 2012 All God's Children
 2011 Transgression
 2011 X-Men: First Class
Captain (as M. Ironside)
 2010/II Eva
 2009 Hardwired
 2006 1st Bite
 2005 Guy X
Guy X
 2005 Deepwater
 2005 Reeker
 2003 Maximum Velocity
General Amberson
 2003 The Failures
 2002 Fairytales and Pornography
Justice Coulton
 2002 Ignition
Jake Russo
 2001 Dead Awake
 2001 Soulkeeper
Voice of Mr.M (uncredited)
 2001 Borderline Normal
Coach Rehmer
 2001 Cause of Death
Jonas Phifer
 2000 Heavy Metal 2000
Tyler (voice)
 1999 The Omega Code
 1999 Black Light
Insp. Frank Schumann
 1999 Question of Privilege
Lt. Robert Ingram
 1998 Ivory Tower
Marshall Wallace
 1998 Captive
Detective Briscoe
 1997 One of Our Own
Det. Jack Cooper
 1997 Chicago Cab
 1996 One Way Out
 1996 Portraits of a Killer
Sgt. Ernie Hansen
 1996 Too Fast Too Young
Capt. Floyd Anderson
 1996 The Destiny of Marty Fine
Mr. Capelli
 1994 Red Scorpion 2
Col. West
 1994 Tokyo Cowboy
 1994 Red Sun Rising
Capt. Meisler
 1994 The Next Karate Kid
Col. Dugan
 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
 1992 Guncrazy
Mr. Kincaid
 1992 The Vagrant
Lt. Ralf Barfuss
 1991 Neon City
Harry M. Stark
 1991 Cafe Romeo
 1991 McBain
Frank Bruce
 1991 Chaindance
J.T. Blake
 1991 Payback
Sheriff Pete
 1989 Mindfield
Kellen O'Reilly
 1989 Destiny to Order
 1989 Thunderground
 1988 Hostile Takeover
Larry Gaylord
 1988 Watchers
 1987 Nowhere to Hide
 1987 Prom Night II
Bill Nordham
 1986 Top Gun
 1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
Detective Lawrence
 1985 The Falcon and the Snowman
FBI Agent
 1984 The Surrogate
George Kyber
 1984 Best Revenge
 1983 Cross Country
Det. Sgt. Roersch
 1983 American Nightmare
Sgt. Skylar (as Mike Ironside)
 1981 Surfacing
 1980 Coming Out Alive
 1980 Suzanne
 1980 I, Maureen
Dr. Paul Johnson
 1979 Stone Cold Dead
Murdered Police Detective
 1979 Summer's Children
 1978 Power Play
Torturer (uncredited)
 1978 High-Ballin'
 1977 Outrageous!
Drunk (as Mike Ironside)
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Alternate Names:

M. Ironside | Mike Ironside


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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The word "career" scares me! It's the sort of thing you say about dead actors, old guys. I think this festival wanted to do a retrospective on me a few years ago and I told them to fuck off. Jesus, that's for guys that are on crutches and in wheelchairs and that you need to spoon-feed... Aargh! I plan to be around for at least another 20 years! See more »


His brother is a high school shop teacher in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario. 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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