Michael Fassbender

  • Birth Name: Michael Fassbender
  • Birth Place: Heidelberg, West Germany
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Born in West Germany to an Irish mother and a German father; moved with his parents at age 2 to Killarney, Ireland.
  • Acted in a Killarney theater group, and directed his own stage adaptation of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs in a nightclub before leaving for drama school in London at age 18.
  • Worked in bars and in a London warehouse before being cast in the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.
  • According to his maternal grandfather, his mother is the great-great niece of Irish revolutionary figure Michael Collins; Fassbender played Collins on-stage in the 2006 play Allegiance.
  • Lost more than 30 pounds to play Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands in the 2008 film Hunger; the film also marked his first time working with frequent collaborator, director Steve McQueen.

Awards

  • 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, European Film Awards — European Actor: Nominee
  • 2013, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2015, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2009, BAFTA Film Awards — Rising Star Award: Nominee
  • 2011, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
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  • 2008, European Film Awards — European Actor: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
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  • 2014, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
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  • 2012, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2016, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2011, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
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  • 2016, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Josef Fassbender — Father
  • Catherine Fassbender — Sister
  • Adele Fassbender — Mother
  • Leasi Andrews — Ex-significant Other
  • Zoë Kravitz — Ex-significant Other
  • Nicole Beharie — Ex-significant Other
  • Alicia Vikander — Wife

College

  • Attended Drama Cenre London, London, England
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