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Ian McKellen


Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 50 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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 2013 The Wolverine
Magneto (uncredited)
 2007 Stardust
Narrator (voice)
 2006 Flushed Away
The Toad (voice)
 2006 Doogal
Zebedee (voice)
 2006 Displaced (voice)
 2005 Eighteen
Jason Anders (voice)
 2005 Sprung! The Magic Roundabout
Zebedee (English version, voice)
 2003 Emile
Emile
 1997 Swept from the Sea
Dr. James Kennedy
 1995 Restoration
Will Gates
 1995 Jack & Sarah
William
 1994 Heaven's a Drag
Quilt Documentary Narrator (voice)
 1994 I'll Do Anything
John Earl McAlpine
 1993 The Ballad of Little Jo
Percy Corcoran
 1985 Plenty
Sir Andrew Charleson
 1985 Zina
Kronfeld
 1969 The Promise
Leonidik
 1969/I Alfred the Great
Roger
 1969 A Touch of Love
George
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Other Works:

He played Bosola in John Webster's play The Duchess of Malfi in a British National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre in London, England with Stephen Moore, Amanda Redman, Sara Kestelman, Michael Bryant, and Tim Curry in the cast. Peter Wood was director. The production toured to Chicago. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 14 Interviews | 17 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 12 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Sir Ian McKellan | Sir Ian McKellen

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

When I, as Gandalf, meet Bilbo or Frodo at home, I bump my head on the rafters. [J.R.R. Tolkien] didn't think to mention it. See more »

Trivia:

According to an interview, one of the last things Margaret Thatcher did as Prime Minister was recommending him for a knighthood. See more »

Trademark:

Distinctively calm style of speaking. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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