Ian McKellen: roles in movies to 1969

Ian McKellen was born in 1939, he is an English actor.

Ian McKellen

Born:
Ian Murray McKellen
25 May 1939
Burnley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

Career:
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.

Ian McKellen as Roy Courtnay in The Good Liar (2019)

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.

Ian McKellen as Earl of Southampton in All Is True (2018)

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.

Ian McKellen as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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.

Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes

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

Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr/ Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past

2014 Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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

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

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

Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X-Men: The Last Stand

2006 Ian McKellen as Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code

Ian McKellen as Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code

2005 Ian McKellen as Gabriel Finch in Neverwas

Ian McKellen as Gabriel Finch in Neverwas

2005 Ian McKellen as Dr. Peter Cleave in Asylum

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

Ian McKellen as Gandalf the White in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2003 Ian McKellen as Emile in Emile

Ian McKellen as Emile in Emile

2003 Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X2

Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X2

2002 Ian McKellen as Gandalf the White in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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

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

Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X-Men

1998 Ian McKellen as James Whale in Gods and Monsters

Ian McKellen as James Whale in Gods and Monsters

1998 Ian McKellen as Kurt Dussander in Apt Pupil

Ian McKellen as Kurt Dussander in Apt Pupil

1997 Ian McKellen as Dr. James Kennedy in Swept from the Sea

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

Ian McKellen as Will Gates in Restoration

1995 Ian McKellen as Richard III in Richard III

Ian McKellen as Richard III in Richard III

1995 Ian McKellen as William in Jack and Sarah

Ian McKellen as William in Jack and Sarah

1994 Ian McKellen as Dr. Reinhardt Lane in The Shadow

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

Ian McKellen as Geoffrey Miller in Six Degrees of Separation

1993 Ian McKellen as Percy Corcoran in The Ballad of Little Jo

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

Ian McKellen as Bill Kraus in And the Band Played On

1989 Ian McKellen as John Profumo in Scandal

Ian McKellen as John Profumo in Scandal

1985 Ian McKellen as Sir Andrew Charleson in Plenty

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

Ian McKellen as Dr. Theodore Cuza in The Keep

1981 Ian McKellen as D. H. Lawrence in Priest of Love

Ian McKellen as D. H. Lawrence in Priest of Love

1969 Ian McKellen as Leonidik in The Promise

Ian McKellen as Leonidik in The Promise

1969 Ian McKellen as Roger in Alfred the Great

Ian McKellen as Roger in Alfred the Great

1969 Ian McKellen as George Matthews in A Touch of Love

Ian McKellen as George Matthews in A Touch of Love