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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 48 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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 2013 The Wolverine
Magneto (uncredited)
 2007 Stardust
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 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
 1997 Amy Foster
Dr. James Kennedy
 1995 Restoration
Will Gates
 1995 Jack & Sarah
 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
 1969 The Promise
 1969/I Alfred the Great
 1969 Thank You All Very Much
George Matthews
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(January 1991-July 1991; September 1991-January 1992) He acted in the Royal National Theatre season at the Laurence Olivier Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, and Lyttelton Theatre all in London, England in Tony Harrison's play, "The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus;" Kenneth Grahame and Alan Bennett's play, "The Wind in the Willows;" David ... See more »

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

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Sir Ian McKellan | Sir Ian McKellen


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Don't give up the projects you really want for some extra time with your girlfriend or because you don't want to miss a holiday with your family. They'll understand. Just don't have any regrets. See more »


Won Broadway's 1981 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for originating the role of Antonio Salieri in "Amadeus". He was nominated in the same category in 1984 for "Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare". See more »


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