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Birth information

25 May 1939 Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK

Given Name

Ian Murray McKellen

How tall is Ian McKellen?

1.8 m

Life Story of Ian McKellen

Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents 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:...

Significant features of Ian McKellen

Rich and flawless voice, combined with Shakespearean bearing.
Distinctively calm style of speaking.
Deep, blue eyes

How much money has Ian McKellen earned?

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) £4,000,000
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) £5,000,000

Publications and Magazines about Ian McKellen

Mark Barratt Ian Mckellen : An Unofficial Biography. 2005

Biographical movies about Ian McKellen

McKellen: Playing the Part 2017

What movies did Ian McKellen play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Richard III (1995) ,
Actors Filmography
Hamlet Revenant , Schadenfreude Continuity Announcer, Cats (2019) Gus The Theatre Cat, The Good Liar (2019) Roy Courtnay, All Is True (2018) Earl of Southampton, National Theatre Live: King Lear (2018) King Lear, Family Guy (2018) Dr. Cecil Pritchfield, Edmund the Magnificent (2017) Narrator, Animal Crackers (2017) Horatio P. Huntington, Beauty and the Beast (2017) Cogsworth, National Theatre Live: No Man's Land (2016) Spooner, Vicious (2016) Freddie Thornhill, The Roof (2016) And Even Yet...

Birth information

25 May 1939 Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK

Given Name

Ian Murray McKellen

How tall is Ian McKellen?

1.8 m

Life Story of Ian McKellen

Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents 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:...

Significant features of Ian McKellen

Rich and flawless voice, combined with Shakespearean bearing.
Distinctively calm style of speaking.
Deep, blue eyes

How much money has Ian McKellen earned?

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) £4,000,000
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) £5,000,000

Publications and Magazines about Ian McKellen

Mark Barratt Ian Mckellen : An Unofficial Biography. 2005

Biographical movies about Ian McKellen

McKellen: Playing the Part 2017

What movies did Ian McKellen play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Richard III (1995) ,
Actors Filmography
Hamlet Revenant , Schadenfreude Continuity Announcer, Cats (2019) Gus The Theatre Cat, The Good Liar (2019) Roy Courtnay, All Is True (2018) Earl of Southampton, National Theatre Live: King Lear (2018) King Lear, Family Guy (2018) Dr. Cecil Pritchfield, Edmund the Magnificent (2017) Narrator, Animal Crackers (2017) Horatio P. Huntington, Beauty and the Beast (2017) Cogsworth, National Theatre Live: No Man's Land (2016) Spooner, Vicious (2016) Freddie Thornhill, The Roof (2016) And Even Yet...

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Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes (2015)

He was appointed Knight Bachelor in the 1991 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama.

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Ian McKellen and Milo Parker in Mr. Holmes (2015)

Has played the vampire in the music video "Heart" by Pet Shop Boys.

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Laura Linney and Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes (2015)

Originated the role of Antonio Salieri in the Broadway production of "Amadeus".

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Laura Linney and Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes (2015)

Had a tattoo of the Elvish character for 9 along with seven other members of the fellowship in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

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Ian McKellen and Phil Davis in Mr. Holmes (2015)

Was offered the part of Mission Commander Swanbeck in Mission: Impossible II (2000). He was not able to accept the role, due to a prior theatre engagement in London. The part eventually went to Anthony Hopkins.

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Ian McKellen and Hattie Morahan in Mr. Holmes (2015)

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1979 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

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Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes (2015)

Has played Maggie Smith in a "Weekend Update" skit on an episode of Saturday Night Live (1975) that he hosted.

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Ian McKellen and Hattie Morahan in Mr. Holmes (2015)

While being a guest on Jay Leno (December 26, 2003), he said that he had not seen X2: X-Men United (2003) when it opened in theaters, he only saw it when the DVD hit the stores. He then called up Bryan Singer and asked, "Is there going to be X-Men 3?" Singer replied, "Yes". In his excitement, he got Singer six theater tickets to go see The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). As it turned out, X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) would not be directed by Singer.

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Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes (2015)

According to an interview, one of the last things Margaret Thatcher did as Prime Minister was recommending him for a knighthood.

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Ian McKellen and Milo Parker in Mr. Holmes (2015)

The original Lord of the Rings books, and X-Men comics, both feature a character named Sauron, and a book entitled "The Return of the King". The X-Men graphic novel "The Return of the King" is, appropriately, about the return of Magneto.

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Ian McKellen and Milo Parker in Mr. Holmes (2015)

He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1985 (1984 season) for Best Actor in a Revival for "Wild Honey".

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Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes (2015)

He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1991 (1990 season) for Best Actor in "Richard III" at the Royal National Theatre.

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Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes (2015)

Before performing the role of Gandalf, he listened to a recording of J.R.R. Tolkien reading Gandalf lines from the novel. He used this as a base for creating the character, and imitated the accent used by Tolkien in the recording.

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Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes (2015)

Began acting as a means of escape from mourning after his mother's death and constant bullying at school from fellow students.

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Ian McKellen in The Good Liar - Das alte Böse (2019)

He was awarded the 1989 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Othello".

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Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen in The Good Liar - Das alte Böse (2019)

He was awarded the 1984 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Coriolanus".

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Ian McKellen in Der Herr der Ringe: Die Gefährten (2001)

Studied at St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, when he was 18, with Sir Derek Jacobi, and with whom he had been "desperately in love", as he confessed on Inside the Actors Studio (1994). In an article in "The Advocate", issue dated December 11, 2001, he further explained that what he had felt for Jacobi in their youth was "a passion that was undeclared and unrequited".

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Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, etc.

Shares his middle name, Murray, with both Michael Hordern (Michael Murray Hordern), his predecessor in the role of Gandalf, and F. Murray Abraham, his successor in the role of Antonio Salieri.

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Ian McKellen and Hugo Weaving in Der Herr der Ringe: Die Gefährten (2001)

Was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon at the same time as Patrick Stewart.

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Ian McKellen in X-Men 2 (2003)

Has played cult characters in two of the biggest franchises; he played Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Magneto in the X-Men film series.

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Ian McKellen and Janet Suzman in Priest of Love (1981)

He used the phrase "old friend" in both the X-Men film series and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In both cases (to Christopher Lee as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Patrick Stewart as Xavier in X-Men) it is said to an ally who has become a nemesis and "old friend" is said mockingly.

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Ian McKellen and Penelope Keith in Priest of Love (1981)

Has worked with two Faramirs. Prior to appearing in the Lord of the Rings films with David Wenham, he appeared in the film Plenty (1985), with Andrew Seear. Seear played Faramir in the BBC radio adaptation, opposite Ian Holm.

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Ian McKellen and Janet Suzman in Priest of Love (1981)

He said that appeal of the X-Men films to him was the concept of mutants being shunned, something he says he identifies with as he was repeatedly shunned as an open homosexual.

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Ian McKellen, Penelope Keith, and Janet Suzman in Priest of Love (1981)

Has appeared with Bruce Davison in four different films: Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Apt Pupil (1998), X-Men (2000) and X2: X-Men United (2003). The first of these is the only one not directed by Bryan Singer.

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Ian McKellen in Priest of Love (1981)

Only performer to receive an acting Academy Award nomination for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Ian McKellen and Janet Suzman in Priest of Love (1981)

Has appeared in the Lord of the Rings and X-Men, both of which required a lead character to be recast soon after production started. In the Lord of the Rings, Stuart Townsend was replaced by Viggo Mortensen, and in X-Men (2000), Dougray Scott was replaced by Hugh Jackman.

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Ava Gardner, Ian McKellen, and Janet Suzman in Priest of Love (1981)

Says the same line, "The war has begun", in the trailers of both the major, unrelated blockbusters X2: X-Men United (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).

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BD Wong and Ian McKellen in ...und das Leben geht weiter (1993)

In the Independent of Sunday 2006 Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - he came no. 1, up from no. 2, knocking Elton John from top spot.

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Charles Martin Smith, Ian McKellen, and Lily Tomlin in ...und das Leben geht weiter (1993)

When he appeared on "Desert Island Discs" (the long-running BBC radio program that asks prominent people what eight pieces of music they would take to a deserted island), the pieces he chose were: 1. "Stars and Stripes Forever" (John Philip Sousa) performed by Vladimir Horowitz; 2. Part of "Adagio for Strings" (Barber) performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Geoffrey Simon; 3. Part of 2nd movement of Late Quartet No.13 in B flat Opus 130 (Ludwig van Beethoven) performed by the Lindsay String Quartet; 4. "Rose's Turn" (Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim) performed by Ethel Merman; 5. "Stormy Weather" (Koehler/Arlen) performed by Lena Horne; 6. "Mississippi Goddam" (Nina Simone) performed by Simone; 7. "Harrison's Clocks (Birtwhistle) performed by Joanna McGregor; 8. "Dancing Queen" (B. Andersson/S.Andersson/Ulvaeus) performed by ABBA; His one allowed book was "A Dictionary of Flora and Fauna", and his luxury was a grand piano.

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Ian McKellen, Rosalind Ayres, and Jack Betts in Gods and Monsters (1998)

Has played both a Holocaust victim (X-Men (2000)) and a Nazi (Apt Pupil (1998), both in movies directed by Bryan Singer.

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Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters (1998)

He was awarded the Companion of Honour in the 2008 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama and to equality.

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Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters (1998)

Is good friends with Monica Lewinsky. The two met at the The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999). She accompanied him to the London premiere of Gods and Monsters (1998).

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Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters (1998)

Ranked #45 in the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture".

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Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters (1998)

Was Head boy at Bolton School.

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Ian McKellen and Rosalind Ayres in Gods and Monsters (1998)

Marched at London's Gay Pride Parade July 5, 2008.

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Brendan Fraser and Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters (1998)

Had not read either "The Golden Compass" (aka "Northern Lights") by Philip Pullman, or any of the Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkien before he was cast in the movie adaptations.

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Brendan Fraser and Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters (1998)

Played Magneto in three consecutive films - the only other actors to play comic book criminals in three films, as of 2008, are James Franco as Harry Osborn, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor and his X-Men (2000) co-star, Rebecca Romijn as Mystique.

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Joanne Whalley and Ian McKellen in Scandal (1989)

Close friends with Rachel Weisz, Patrick Stewart and Laura Linney, whom he befriended through mutual acquaintance Armistead Maupin.

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Joanne Whalley and Ian McKellen in Scandal (1989)

Received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster on February 3, 2013.

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