Ian McKellen

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Ian Murray McKellen
  • Birth Place: Burnley, Lancashire, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/25/1939, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor
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Ian McKellen Fast Facts:
  • His interest in the theater was sparked by his parents, who took him to see Peter Pan at the Manchester Opera House when he was 3.
  • Originally wanted to become a journalist.
  • Made his professional stage debut in 1961 without any formal dramatic training in a production of A Man for All Seasons at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry; later made his TV acting debut in 1964 in an episode of the British series Kipling.
  • Knighted by Margaret Thatcher in 1991 and later quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying: "I think I get far more respect than I deserve in Hollywood, because of the 'Sir.' They think, 'Oh my God, who is this guy? Is he related to the Queen'?"
  • Claimed not to have read The Lord of the Rings books prior to acting in the film trilogy.
  • Turned down the role of Professor Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • In addition to his knighthood, was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen's 2008 New Year's Honours for his contributions to drama and equality.
  • Ian McKellen Relationships:
  • Margery Lois McKellen - Mother
  • Denis Murray McKellen - Father
  • Jean McKellen - Sister
  • Ian McKellen Awards:
  • 1994 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 1999 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor for a Miniseries or a Special - Nominee
  • 1996 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1997 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Winner
  • 1981 Tony: Actor (Play) - Winner
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 2001 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2008 Olivier Awards: Best Actor - Nominee
  • 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 2003 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1996 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay - Nominee
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2001 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1996 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1998 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1984 Tony: Actor (Play) - Nominee
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2004 Genie Awards: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • College:
  • University of Cambridge, St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, England (BA in English Literature, 1961)

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