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Ian McKellen – MovieActors.com

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McKellen in Lord of the Rings -
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About Ian McKellen (1939 – )

Ian McKellen was born on May 25, 1939, in Burnley, Lanashire, England, to parents Margery Lois and Denis Murray McKellen. He was the younger brother of sister Jean. The family moved to a milltown called Wigan, when Ian was a baby; riding out the turmoil of World War 2.

His passion and talent for acting appeared early in his life, while at Bolton School. His family encouraged his talent and intertest in acting.

When his mother died, Ian began acting in earnest, to escape the sad truth of her death, and escape the constant bullying by fellow students, who noticed that he was not the normal heterosexual boy, but was different.

Not surprisingly, Ian McKellen got his start in acting on the stage, as his first role was in a Shakespearian play, TWELFTH NIGHT, portraying the character, Malvolio.

Working mostly in theater, Ian McKellen earned his fame with his fabulous stage performances, in England and America; during the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s'. Ian has been honored with a boatload of awards and nominations from a variety of organizations for his stage acting.

For example, Ian won Broadway's 1981 Best Actor Tony Award for originating the character role of Antonio Salieri in the Broadway stage play, AMADEUS.

For his work on the English stage, Ian has won six Luarence Olivier Theatre Awards during his long thespian stage career.

In 1979, Ian was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to drama.

The high points for him must of been receiving recognition and knighthood by Queen Elizabeth in 1990 for his efforts in the arts, being made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality, in the 2008 New Year Honours, and being made a Freeman of the City of London in October 2014.

Ian McKellan, since 1969, had been in films as his stage schedule permitted. In the 1990s', he was cast in some mega Hollywood hit films, which gave him more face recognition world-wide.
In 1998, he was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in GODS AND MONSTERS.

Bruce Davison and Ian McKellen have been in four films together: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION; (1993), APT PUPIL; (1998), X-MEN; (2000) and X2; (2003). The first of these is the only one not directed by Bryan Singer.

Ian McKellen is best known by the younger generation as being the character, Gandalf, in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy films. He received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and a nomination as well from The Screen Actors Guild for his perfromance in THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING.

Preparing for his role of Gandalf, Ian McKellen listened to a recording of Tolkien reading Gandalf lines from the novel. McKellen used this as a base for creating the character, and imitated the accent used by Tolkien in the recording.

For Ian McKellen's role in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy he had to wear a prosthetic nose.

The phrase "old friend" has been used in both the X-MEN and THE LORD OF THE RINGS. In both cases Ian McKellen said it to Christopher Lee as Saurman in the LORD OF THE RINGS and Patrick Stewart as Xavier in X-MEN. "Old friend" is said mockingly to an ally who has become a nemesis.

In APT PUPIL, Ian McKellen played an ex-Nazi soldier, and in X-MEN he was an ex-Jewish prisoner.

Along with the other members of the fellowship in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING Ian McKellen received a tattoo of the Elvish character for 9.

Ian McKellen's notable movie credits include...

THE HOBBIT: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014)
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (2013)
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (2012)
THE ACADEMY (2009)
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD (2007)
FLUSHED AWAY (2006)
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006)
THE DA VINCI CODE (2006)
DOOGAL (2006)
DISPLACED (2006)
NEVERWAS (2005)
ASYLUM (2005)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003)
EMILE (2003)
X2 (2003)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (2002)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)
X-MEN (2000)
GODS AND MONSTERS (1998)
COLD COMFORT FARM (1995)
THE SHADOW (1994)
LAST ACTION HERO (1993)
THE PROMISE (1969)


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Ian McKellen in X2.

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McKellen in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006).

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Ian McKellen in THE DA VINCI CODE (2006).

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Ian McKellen in THE SHADOW (1994).

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McKellen in LORD OF THE RINGS - Return of the King.

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Ian McKellen in X-MEN (2000).