Ian McKellen was born in 1939, he is an English actor.
Ian Murray McKellen
25 May 1939
Burnley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
as actor in theatre since 1959 (age 20)
as actor in television since 1964 (age 24)
as actor in feature films since 1969 (age 30)
His career spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Critics’ Choice Awards. He has also received nominations for two Academy Awards, five Primetime Emmy Awards and four BAFTAs. He achieved worldwide fame for his film roles, including the titular “King in Richard III” (1995), James Whale in “Gods and Monsters” (1998), Magneto in the X-Men films, and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Roles portrayed by Ian McKellen
2019 Ian McKellen as Gus the Theatre Cat in Cats
It’s a fantasy comedy-drama film based on the musical of the same name, which in turn was based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. It is directed by Tom Hooper.
2019 Ian McKellen as Roy Courtnay in The Good Liar
It’s a thriller film directed by Bill Condon, based on the novel by Nicholas Searle. Ian McKellen played a seasoned conman finds himself growing to care for the woman (Helen Mirren) he orchestrated his latest scheme against after meeting her online.
2018 Ian McKellen as Earl of Southampton in All Is True
Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh, the Northern Irish actor and director, directed a drama film about the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare. After the Globe Theatre burns down in 1613 during a performance of Shakespeare’s play Henry VIII, William Shakespeare returns home to Stratford with his wife Anne Hathaway.
It stars Kenneth Branagh as Shakespeare, Judi Dench as Shakespeare’ wife, and Ian McKellen as Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton KG.
Shakespeare’s two narrative poems, “Venus and Adonis” and “The Rape of Lucrece”, were dedicated to Southampton, who is frequently identified as the Fair Youth of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
2017 Ian McKellen as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast
The film is a live action adaptation of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 18th-century fairy tale.
McKellen played the Beast’s gruff but loyal majordomo and the head of the household staff who has been transformed into a mantel clock.
2015 Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes
Its a mystery film directed by Bill Condon, based on Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, and featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. The film stars Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes, Laura Linney as his housekeeper Mrs. Munro and Milo Parker as her son Roger. Set primarily during his retirement in Sussex, the film follows a 93-year-old Holmes who struggles to recall the details of his final case because his mind is slowly deteriorating.
2014 Ian McKellen as The Prologue in Miss in Her Teens
2014 Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr/ Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past Shared role with Michael Fassbender
2014 Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
2013 Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in The Wolverine cameo
2013 Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2012 Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2006 Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X-Men: The Last Stand
2006 Ian McKellen as Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code
2005 Ian McKellen as Gabriel Finch in Neverwas
2005 Ian McKellen as Dr. Peter Cleave in Asylum
2003 Ian McKellen as Gandalf the White in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2003 Ian McKellen as Emile in Emile
2003 Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X2
2002 Ian McKellen as Gandalf the White in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2001 Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2000 Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X-Men
1998 Ian McKellen as James Whale in Gods and Monsters
1998 Ian McKellen as Kurt Dussander in Apt Pupil
1997 Ian McKellen as Dr. James Kennedy in Swept from the Sea
1997 Ian McKellen as Uncle Freddie in Bent
1995 Ian McKellen as Will Gates in Restoration
1995 Ian McKellen as Richard III in Richard III
1995 Ian McKellen as William in Jack and Sarah
1994 Ian McKellen as Dr. Reinhardt Lane in The Shadow
1994 Ian McKellen as John Earl McAlpine in I’ll Do Anything
1993 Ian McKellen as Geoffrey Miller in Six Degrees of Separation
1993 Ian McKellen as Percy Corcoran in The Ballad of Little Jo
1993 Ian McKellen as Death in Last Action Hero Cameo appearance
1993 Ian McKellen as Bill Kraus in And the Band Played On
1989 Ian McKellen as John Profumo in Scandal
1985 Ian McKellen as Sir Andrew Charleson in Plenty
1985 Ian McKellen as Arthur Kronfeld in Zina
1983 Ian McKellen as Dr. Theodore Cuza in The Keep
1981 Ian McKellen as D. H. Lawrence in Priest of Love
1969 Ian McKellen as Leonidik in The Promise
1969 Ian McKellen as Roger in Alfred the Great
1969 Ian McKellen as George Matthews in A Touch of Love