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Michael Ironside Biography

Birth Name:
Frederick Reginald Ironside
Birth Place:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Actor, director, writer

Fast Facts

  • At age 15, he wrote a play called The Shelter that won first prize in an all-Canada university contest, and used the prize money to produce it
  • Worked in the construction industry as a roofer before his career in movies and television took off
  • Breakthrough role was in David Cronenberg's Scanners
  • Best-known films are Top Gun, Total Recall, The Perfect Storm, Terminator Salvation, Free Willy
  • Voices Sam Fisher in the Splinter Cell video games


  • 1982Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated


  • Adrienne Lynne Ironside -- Daughter
  • Findlay Ironside -- Daughter
  • Robert Ironside -- Father
  • Patricia Ironside -- Mother
  • Karen Dimwiddie -- Wife