He played Stockman in Henrik Ibsen's play, An Enemy of the People at the National Theatre in London, England with Penny Downie, Alan Cox, Stephen Moore, and John Woodvine in the cast. Trevor Nunn was director.
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[12/5/03, about the cheering fans outside the InterContinentel Hotel, where he was staying in Wellington, New Zealand:] It's like several Christmases all come at once. They all love Gandalf, but I'm like Father Christmas in the shop. I'm not the real one.
Turned down the role of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). He was quoted saying "I had enough trouble living up to one legend. Two would be too much to hope for." (referring to his role as Gandalf in "Lord of the Rings").
Rich and flawless voice, combined with Shakespearean bearing