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Sir Ian McKellen is an English stage and film actor who's earned numerous accolades, including the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1979, and two Laurence Olivier awards, in 1985 and 1991 for "Richard III." He's known for playing two massive...Read more cult characters in major franchises: Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Magnet in the X-Men series. McKellen established himself as a stage actor of the highest caliber before becoming a movie star in his 60s. He was born in Lancashire England in 1939, and as a child developed a taste for Shakespeare plays when he was shipped out to a small mill town, Wigan, to wait out World War II. When he attended school, he acted in school productions. He attended Stratford-upon-Avon theater festivals, where all of the greats performed. He got his Bachelor of Arts in 1961. Over the next few years, he worked in theatre. He made the transition into film, and soon got top-billing in some critically acclaimed films of the 1990s, including "Richard III," "Cold Comfort Farm" (1995), and "Gods and Monsters" (1998). McKellen is most famous for playing Gandalf, the big hearted and whimsical wizard in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy who often provides the voice of morality and hope in the films. In 1988, he publicly came out of the closet on the BBC Radio 4 program, and has been active in the gay rights movement ever since. McKellen was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991 for his contributions to the performing arts. McKellen is a graduate of Cambridge University, where he studied English. In December 2012, he revealed to the press that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer at least six or seven years prior.



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  • Sir Ian McKellen is an English stage and film actor who's earned numerous accolades, including the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1979, and two Laurence ...Read moreOlivier awards, in 1985 and 1991 for "Richard III." He's known for playing two massive cult characters in major franchises: Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Magnet in the X-Men series. McKellen established himself as a stage actor of the highest caliber before becoming a movie star in his 60s. He was born in Lancashire England in 1939, and as a child developed a taste for Shakespeare plays when he was shipped out to a small mill town, Wigan, to wait out World War II. When he attended school, he acted in school productions. He attended Stratford-upon-Avon theater festivals, where all of the greats performed. He got his Bachelor of Arts in 1961. Over the next few years, he worked in theatre. He made the transition into film, and soon got top-billing in some critically acclaimed films of the 1990s, including "Richard III," "Cold Comfort Farm" (1995), and "Gods and Monsters" (1998). McKellen is most famous for playing Gandalf, the big hearted and whimsical wizard in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy who often provides the voice of morality and hope in the films. In 1988, he publicly came out of the closet on the BBC Radio 4 program, and has been active in the gay rights movement ever since. McKellen was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991 for his contributions to the performing arts. McKellen is a graduate of Cambridge University, where he studied English. In December 2012, he revealed to the press that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer at least six or seven years prior.

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  • Ian Murray McKellen




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