Top 10 Facts - Ian McKellen
Fact #1

Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. McKellen was born on 25 May 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, the son of Margery Lois and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer.

Fact #2

McKellen had taken ?lm roles throughout his career—beginning in 1969 with his role of George Matthews in ATouch of Love, and his ?rst leading role was in 1980 as D. H. Lawrence in Priest of Love, but it was not until the 1990s that he became more widely recognised in this medium after several roles in blockbuster Hollywood ?lms.

Fact #3

He also appeared in the television ?lm And the Band Played On, about the discovery of the AIDS virus, for which McKellen won a CableACE Award for Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries and was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.

Fact #4

In 1995, he played the title role in Richard III. His performance in the title role garnered best actor nominations for the BAFTA Award and Golden Globe, and won the European Film Award for Best Actor. His screenplay was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Fact #5

In 1999 McKellen was cast, again under the direction of Bryan Singer, to play the comic book supervillain Magneto in the 2000 ?lm X-Men and its sequels X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand.

Fact #6

While filming X-Men McKellen was cast as the wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson's three-?lm adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. He received honors from the Screen Actors Guild for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his work in The Fellowship of the Ring, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role.

Fact #7

On 16 March 2002, he was the host on Saturday Night Live. In 2003, McKellen made a guest appearance as himself on the American cartoon show The Simpsons, in a special British-themed episode entitled "The Regina Monologues", along with Tony Blair and J. K. Rowling.

Fact #8

In 1987 Ian McKellen appeared reciting Shakespeare while the legendary Super Rock group The Fleshtones improvised behind him on Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes which ran on MTV.

Fact #9

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006. In 2012, McKellen stated on his blog that "There is no cause for alarm. I am examined regularly and the cancer is contained. I've not needed any treatment."

Fact #10

He became an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church in early 2013 in order to preside over the marriage of his X-Men co-star Patrick Stewart to his then ?ancee Sunny Ozell. McKellen was awarded an honorary degree by Cambridge University on 18 June 2014, becoming a Doctor of Letters.

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