Ian McKellen

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Real Name: Ian Murray McKellen
Birth Place: Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK
Birth Date: May 25, 1939
Occupation: Actor, Writer, Soundtrack

Ian McKellen Biography

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 take him to plays, those by William Shakespeare, in particular. The amateur school productions fostered Ian's growing passion for theatre. When Ian was of age to begin attending school, he made sure to get roles in all of the productions. At Bolton School in particular, he developed his skills early on. Indeed, his first role in a Shakespearian play was at Bolton, as Malvolio in "Twelfth Night". Ian soon began attending Stratford-upon-Avon theater festivals, where he saw the greats perform: Laurence Olivier, Wendy Hiller, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Paul Robeson. He continued his education in English Drama, but soon it fell by the wayside as he concentrated more and more on performing. He eventually obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1961, and began his career in earnest. McKellen began working in theatre over the next few years. Very few people knew of Ian's homosexuality; he saw no reason to go public, nor had he told his family. They did not seem interested in the subject and so he saw no reason to bring it up. In 1988, Ian publicly came out of the closet on the BBC Radio 4 program, while discussing Margaret Thatcher's "section 28" legislation which would make the "public promotion of homosexuality" a crime. It was reason enough for McKellen to take a stand, and he has been active in the Gay Rights movement ever since.Ian currently resides in Limehouse, where he lives with his current lover of 8 years, Sean Mathias. The two worked together on the film Bent (1997). To this day, McKellen works mostly in theater, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 for his efforts in the arts. However, he has managed to make several quite successful forays into film. He has appeared in several productions of Shakespeare's works including his well received Richard III (1995), and in a variety of other movies. However, it has only been recently that his star has finally begun to shine in the eyes of North American audiences. Roles in various films, Cold Comfort Farm (1995) (TV), Apt Pupil (1998) and Gods and Monsters (1998), riveted audiences. The latter, in particular, created a sensation in Hollywood, and McKellen's role garnered him several of awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar nod. McKellen continues to work extensively on stage... solidifying his role as Laurence Olivier's worthy successor, having recently scored hits in the London productions of "Peter Pan" and Noel Coward's "Present Laughter".

Ian McKellen Movies / TV-Shows

Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Animal Crackers (2017)
The Eurovision Song Contest (2016)
Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage (2016)
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC (2016)
Mr. Holmes (2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)
The Dresser (2015)
Artsnight (2015)
Red Nose Day (2015)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Middle-earth: There and Back Again (2014)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)
Great Canal Journeys (2014)
Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond (2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
Muse of Fire (2013)
Vicious (2013)
The Wolverine (2013)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards (2010)
The Talk (2010)
The Prisoner (2009)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)
The 7PM Project (2009)
The 7PM Project (2009)
Great Performances King Lear (2008)
Stardust (2007)
The Golden Compass (2007)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)
For the Love of God (2007)
Displaced (2006)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Flushed Away (2006)
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2006)
Doogal (2006)
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)
The One Show (2006)
Neverwas (2005)
Asylum (2005)
Eighteen (2005)
Dougal (2005)
The Colbert Report (2005)
The Friday Night Project (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
Extras (2005)
Who Do You Think You Are? (2004)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)
X2: X-Men United (2003)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW! (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)
National Geographic Explorer Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings (2001)
X-Men (2000)
Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man (2000)
After Stonewall (1999)
Family Guy (1999)
Apt Pupil (1998)
Bent (1997)
Swept from the Sea (1997)
The View (1997)
The Daily Show (1996)
Rasputin (1996)
Restoration (1995)
Jack & Sarah (1995)
Richard III (1995)
Cold Comfort Farm (1995)
Thin Ice (1994)
The Shadow (1994)
I'll Do Anything (1994)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
Last Action Hero (1993)
Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
And the Band Played On (1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Have I Got News for You (1990)
Scandal (1989)
The Simpsons (1989)
Windmills of the Gods (1988)
Plenty (1985)
National Geographic Explorer (1985)
Jeopardy! (1984)
The Keep (1983)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (1983)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)
Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare (1982)
Walter (1982)
Forty Minutes (1981)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)
Corvette Summer (1978)
The South Bank Show (1978)
Armchair Thriller (1978)
Arena (1975)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Country Matters (1972)
Great Performances (1971)
Play for Today (1970)
Alfred the Great (1969)
Coronation Street (1960)
Panorama (1953)

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