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Ian McKellen


Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan. It was in this small town that young Ian... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 44 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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 2013 The Wolverine
Magneto (uncredited)
 2013 The Egg Trick (Short)
Magician
 2011 Claude et Claudette (Short)
The Voice (voice)
 2011 Lady Grey London (Short)
 2010 E'gad, Zombies! (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2010 A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2010 Small-Time Revolutionary (Short)
Hamish Miller (voice)
 2009 The Academy (Short)
Murray
 2007 Stardust
Narrator (voice)
 2007 For the Love of God (Short)
Jackdaw
 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 Amy Foster
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
 1983 The Keep
Dr. Cuza / Dr. Theodore Cuza
 1969 The Promise
Leonidik
 1969/I Alfred the Great
Roger
 1969 Thank You All Very Much
George Matthews
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Other Works:

His credits with Cambridge Theatre Company include: Corporal Hill in "Chips With Everything by Arnold Wesker and Captain Plume in Farquar's "The Recruiting Officer" (both 1970). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 14 Interviews | 16 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 12 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Sir Ian McKellan | Sir Ian McKellen

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on 'coming out' as being gay] I immediately felt better in every way. I felt relieved that I wasn't lying. You know, when I was growing up in England, there were no gay clubs I knew about. There were no bars. Homosexuals were shamed publicly and imprisoned. You were on your own, looking over your shoulder all the time, hoping in the handshake of a stranger that he might be somebody gay. The ... See more »

Trivia:

Revealed in December 2012 that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. See more »

Trademark:

Distinctively calm style of speaking See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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