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Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen

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Famous as :

Actor

Birth Name :

Ian Murray McKellen

Birth Date :

May 25, 1939

Birth Place :

Burnley, Lancashire, England

Claim to fame :

As James Whale in "Gods and Monsters" (1998)

Biography


Capable of delivering dynamic and powerful presence in every role he takes, be it onstage or onscreen, Ian Murray McKellen has satisfyingly created a long list of highly memorable performances for over 3 decades to soar as one of the most outstanding British thespians in Hollywood. Familiar with acting since he was still a young kid, Ian is the second child of civil engineer Denis Murray McKellen and his homemaker wife, Margery Lois, born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England five years after the arrival of the couple's daughter, Jean. Growing up in another town called Wigan instead, the boy then was introduced by his parents to performing arts through their regular visit to its cinemas also Frank H. Fortescue's weekly repertory company during his childhood, altogether made him deeply fascinated by the idea of how would it feel to be in the actors' shoes. This desire to take part onstage later became really hard to resist by the time he learned about Shakespeare upon watching a stage production of Wigan's Little Theatre and that of Wigan High School for Girls in which his older sister starred.

Yearning for proper medium to nurture his abundant interest, Ian finally encountered the chance when he moved to Bolton following his father's appointment as the Borough Engineer and Surveyor of the town in 1951. Transferred from Wigan Grammar School for Boys to Bolton School Boys' Division, here he was able to broaden his knowledge about theatre, joining its plays while spending summers with other students attending the school's camp at Stratford-upon-Avon to watch Royal Shakespeare Theatre's presentations in the evenings. There were also Bolton's Grand Theatre in which he could see all the shows for free, thanks to the generosity of the owner who befriended his father, and Hopefield Miniature Theatre, a converted Edwardian house where the 13-year-old kid delightfully landed his debut as Malvolio in “Twelfth Night.” Being able to garner such exuberant experience, it therefore was not surprising at all to find this youngest member of the McKellens in the end came to a determination of pursuing a professional acting career.

Latest News


Sylvester Stallone and Ian McKellen to Voice 'Animal Crackers'

November 07, 2014 04:03:03 GMT

and Sir are tapped to voice animated movie "". They are joined by the likes of , , Gilbert Gottfried, , Harvey Fierstein, James Arnold Taylor, , and Lydia Taylor. It's planned for summer 2016 release.
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First Look at Ian McKellen as Aging Sherlock Holmes in Upcoming Film

July 10, 2014 06:05:41 GMT

shares on Twitter a picture of himself as an aging Sherlock Holmes in a movie previously titled "A Slight Trick of the Mind". "Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he's 93 years old and it's my turn. #MrHolmes," wrote the actor who plays an older Magneto in "X-Men" franchise.
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Ian McKellen to Officiate Patrick Stewart's Wedding

March 19, 2013 16:33:03 GMT

is going to lend a helping hand at 's wedding later this year. Sir McKellen confirmed on "The Jonathan Ross Show" that he would officiate his good buddy's nuptials with 35-year-old jazz singer fiancee Sunny Ozell.
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Ian McKellen Has Battled Prostate Cancer for Six Years

December 11, 2012 17:49:16 GMT

has been hiding his health problem for the past "six or seven years". The "" actor finally revealed in a new interview with Daily Mirror that he has prostate cancer which is not life-threatening when treated correctly.
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AC/DC Sell 48,000 Albums and 696,000 Songs on iTunes

November 30, 2012 04:23:05 GMT

will be happy to know that their move to put their entire music catalog on the digital market was not in vain. According to reports from Billboard, the legendary rock group sold 48,000 digital albums and 696,000 song downloads via iTunes during their debut week.
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Ian McKellen Weighs In on His Return as Magneto in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

November 30, 2012 03:59:45 GMT

Fresh off Bryan Singer's announcement that and are set to return to "", McKellen took time to comment on his reunion with the mutant hero franchise. Talking to The Huffington Post earlier on Thursday, November 29, the Gandalf of "The Hobbit" film series shared his excitement about reprising his role as Magneto for the upcoming film.
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'Star Trek Into Darkness' Plot Is Revealed, but Villain Is Still Mystery

November 28, 2012 03:50:33 GMT

After being kept under very tight wraps for such a while, the official plot for J.J. Abrams' highly-secretive "" has been uncovered. Paramount Pictures officially released the synopsis, which unfortunately still keeps the identity of 's villainous character secret.
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Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean and Wife Welcome Baby Girl

November 28, 2012 03:23:31 GMT

A.J. McLean and Rochelle Deanna Karidis welcomed their first daughter named Ava Jaymes McLean on Tuesday, November 27 at 4:51 A.M. The proud first-time father announced the birth of his daughter on his official site.
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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Officially Join 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

November 28, 2012 03:17:27 GMT

Bryan Singer is moving fast with the "" project shortly after he's tapped as the new helmer for the sequel. The "" director has announced some casting news from the upcoming film, confirming that and have officially joined the follow-up to "".
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Ian McKellen Defends 'The Hobbit' From Criticisms Over the Film's Format

October 31, 2012 03:31:44 GMT

Earlier this year, Peter Jackson was slammed with criticisms over his decision to use 48 frames per second technology for the 3D version of "". Though a number of critics said that the advance technology only made the film "looked like a made-for-TV movie," believed that it made the pic's visuals more impressive.
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First Official Pic of Bilbo in 'The Hobbit' Released

June 23, 2011 17:53:53 GMT

Director Peter Jackson is kind enough to reveal the first official look of as Bilbo Baggins in "". Also released via Entertainment Weekly are an official photo of as Gandalf and a sneak peek of work-in-progress centering on Jackson and Freeman.
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Sir Ian Mckellen Campaigns for Paintings to Be Made Public

April 19, 2011 15:12:00 GMT

The British actor, Sir is a passionate art lover and he is convinced Tate chiefs need to display a collection of works by the artist, famed for painting industrial Britain, which are currently kept in private at the gallery.
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Ian McKellen Almost Ditched 'The Hobbit'

January 14, 2011 03:13:54 GMT

Sir considered turning down his part in "The Hobbit" after beginning to question whether he wanted to make such a huge movie commitment at the age of 71. The British actor confirmed this week that he will be reprising his role as wizard Gandalf in the long-delayed "Lord of the Rings: prequel, which will be split into two films.
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Owen Wilson's Girlfriend Pregnant With His First Child

January 11, 2011 02:57:10 GMT

has become the latest celebrity to join parenthood this year. His publicist Ina Treciokas announced on January 10 that the actor and girlfriend Jade Duell, whom he has been dating for more than a year, "are happy to be expecting a baby" together.
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Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis Officially Join 'The Hobbit'

January 11, 2011 02:22:03 GMT

and are following in the footsteps of their "Lord of the Rings" co-stars, and , by joining the cast of "The Hobbit". They have signed up to reprise their roles as Gandalf and Gollum respectively in the two-part movie set in The Middle Earth.
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Video Premiere: Mariah Carey's 'O Come All Ye Faithful'

November 30, 2010 02:22:06 GMT

has debuted a Christmas-themed music video for her latest yuletide single "O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus". The very pregnant singer is joined by her husband and her opera singer mother Patricia Carey.
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'Hobbit' to Be Filmed With EPIC Digital Cameras, Ian McKellen May Be Signing Up

November 29, 2010 09:58:49 GMT

Peter Jackson will team up with RED Digital Cinema to produce "The Hobbit" in 3-D. The company has announced on Sunday, November 28 that the director will use at least 30 of their soon to be released EPIC digital cameras to shoot two parts of "Hobbit" in 3-D.
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Ian McKellen Could Walk Out of 'The Hobbit' If It Doesn't Happen Soon

July 05, 2010 03:19:41 GMT

After left by its director Guillermo del Toro, "The Hobbit" is at risk of losing its actor. Speaking to New Zealand's "Good Morning" show, who is the only confirmed cast of the film says that he does not officially commit to the project and may not do it if there is no imminent announcement on the start date or new helmer.
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Gay Actor Ian McKellen Happy to Be Single

April 14, 2010 07:06:00 GMT

Gay actor Sir is happy to be unattached at the age of 70 - insisting a longterm partner would have hampered his stellar film career. The "Lord of the Rings" star, who has vowed never to marry or have children, admits he's always prioritized his work as an actor over his personal life.
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New Footage Found in New 'Iron Man 2' TV Spot

March 29, 2010 04:27:23 GMT

Paramount Pictures made use of the 23rd Annual Kids Choice Awards to promote "". During the event, a TV spot that contains a couple of new footage was played. 's Tony Spark is seen demonstrating his powerful new weapon with 's Natasha Romanoff's assistance. There's also a scene of 's Rhodey trying out his War Machine suit.
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Danny Glover on Haiti Destruction: It's Like Aftermath of World War Two

March 29, 2010 04:19:00 GMT

"Lethal Weapon" star is shocked by the extent of the devastation caused by the Haiti earthquake, comparing the destruction to the aftermath of World War Two. Haiti was rocked by a massive earthquake in January, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and an estimated one million people homeless.
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'Avatar' Leads Winners List of Empire Film Awards

March 29, 2010 04:14:35 GMT

James Cameron's "" ruled Britain's Empire Film Awards on Sunday night, March 28, taking home three of the top trophies. The sci-fi epic won the coveted Best Film honor and Cameron landed the Best Director award, while was named the Best Actress at the ceremony in London.
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Jude Law and Rupert Grint Suit It Up at Empire Film Awards

March 29, 2010 03:17:44 GMT

2010 Jameson Empire Film Awards was kicked off on March 28 with a red carpet event held in front of the Grosvenor House Hotel. The likes of , , and were snapped coming to the celebration.
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Ian McKellen Blasts Britain's New Anti-Pedophile Database

February 08, 2010 10:19:14 GMT

has spoken out against Britain's new anti-pedophile database, insisting the new scheme will dissuade amateur theaters from casting children. The "Lord of the Rings" star fears the Vetting and Barring Scheme, which requires any adult working with children to register and submit a background check, will result in limited roles for young performers.
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Ian McKellen Collects Money for Haitian After Playing in West End

January 29, 2010 03:49:44 GMT

took time out from his West End show earlier this week to collect money for Haiti. The "X-Men" actor is currently starring in "Waiting For Godot in London", and rounded up his co-star Ronald Pickup to venture out into the audience after a recent performance to collect donations.
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Ian McKellen Slamming Sports World for Rejecting Openly Gay Athletes

January 22, 2010 05:41:28 GMT

has slammed the sports world for failing to accept openly gay athletes, insisting many stars are too "afraid" to "come out". The openly homosexual "Lord of the Rings" actor is convinced many sports stars keep their sexuality secret, over fears they will face a negative backlash from fans if they are honest about their lifestyle.
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