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Michael Ironside – MovieActors.com

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Ironside in Total Recall.

About Michael Ironside (1950 – )
Michael Ironside was born in Toronto, Canada. He went to the Ontario College of Art, took acting lessons and studied at the Canadian Film Board. He has made a nice career out of playing villains with no redeeming values and edgy anti-heroes.

Ironside started acting in films in the late 70s. His defining role was his portrayal of the mind-controlling, head-exploding megalomaniac Daryl Revok in the film Scanners in 1981. The following year in 1982, he played a another chilling psychopath in Visiting Hours.

Michael Ironside performed supporting roles in TOP GUN in 1986, with Tom Cruise. In 1990, he played in Total Recall, with Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2004, in The Machinist, with Christian Bale.

Ironside has also done many guest roles in television, including The A-team, Hill Street Blues, Tales From The Crypt, The Outer Limits, Smallville, ER, Desperate Housewives and Masters Of Horror.

Most people recognize Ironside's voice from his voiceover work in the Splinter Cell videos: Splinter Cell, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow.

Michael Ironside joked about his typecasting: "The characters I've played until now have been very sick people. These people are emotionally or physically damaged. Since I played killers so well, they wanted me to play a killer the next time. I used to call my roles 'dog-eating' parts; you know, the director says, 'We need somebody to bite a dog in this scene. Let's call Ironside.'"

Michael is married to Karen Dimwiddie and they have one daughter.

Michael Ironside's notable movie credits include...

Scanners (1981)
Cross Country (1983)
The Falcon And The Snowman (1985)
Top Gun (1986)
Highlander 2 (1991)
Total Recall (1990)
Extreme Prejudice (1987)
Killer Image (1992)
Coming Out Alive (1980)
Watchers (1988)
McBain (1991)
The Vagrant (1992)
Visiting Hours (1982)
Nowhere To Hide (1987)
Neon City (1991)
Payback (1991)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Desert Blue (1998)
The Arrangement
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Borderline Normal (2001)
Maximum Velocity (2003)
The Machinist (2004)
Reeker (2005)
Deepwater (2005)
Guy X (2005)
1st Bite (2006)
The Butcher (2009)
The Alphabet Killer (2008)
Surveillance (2008)
Mutants (2008)
Terminator Salvation (2009)

Michael Ironside's television credits include...

Smallville (TV Series 2004-2010)
Murder In Space (TV Movie) (1985)
Seaquest (TV Series) 1995-1996
Nuremberg (TV Mini Series 2000)
Le Dernier Chapitre (Mini TV Series 2002)
Young Blades (TV Series 2005)

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Michael Ironside in Total Recall.

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Michael Ironside in Starship Troopers.