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Ian McKellen


Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England. His parents, Denis and Margery, soon moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan. It was in this small town that young Ian rode out World War II. He soon developed a fascination with acting and the theater, which was encouraged by his parents. They would ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 41 wins & 36 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)
The Narrator
 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
 1989 Scandal
John Profumo
 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:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard II," in a Prospect Theatre Company production at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, Surrey, England with Paul Hardwick, John Byron, Neil Stacy, Terence Wilton, Richard Morant, Andrew Robertson, Nigel Lambert, Amanda Reiss, and Wynne Clark in the cast. Richard Cottrell was ... 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:

I've had enough of being a gay icon! I've had enough of all this hard work, because, since I came out, I keep getting all these parts, and my career's taken off. I want a quiet life. I'm going back into the closet. But I can't get back into the closet, because it's absolutely jam-packed full of other actors. See more »

Trivia:

Marched at London's Gay Pride Parade July 5, 2008. See more »

Trademark:

Rich yet flawless voice, combined with Shakespearean bearing

Star Sign:

Gemini

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