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Ian McKellen

McKellen at the premiere of The Return of the King in Wellington, New Zealand, 1 December 2003
Born Ian Murray McKellen
25 May 1939 (1939-05-25) (age 70)
Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1965–present
Domestic partner(s) Brian Taylor (1964-1972)
Sean Mathias (1978-1988)
Official website
.Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor of stage and screen.^ Born: Burnley, Lancashire, England on May 25, 1939 View Ian McKellen Profile .
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^ Sir Ian McKellen: older women should have more stage and screen roles .
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^ Ian Murray McKellen was born on the 25th of May, 1939, in the general hospital of Burnley, Lancashire.
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.He has received a Tony Award and two Academy Award nominations.^ It received two Bafta nominations.
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^ His role in "Gods and Monsters" earned him an Academy Award nomination for best actor.
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^ Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939), is an English actor of stage and screen, the recipient of the Tony Award and two Academy Award nominations.
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.His work has spanned genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction.^ His work has spanned genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction.
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^ His work has spanned genres from serious Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction.
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^ Historical Film > Period Film Epic > Period Film Drama > Period Film Science Fiction > Superhero Film Fantasy > Superhero Film browse all genres Our Money-Back Guarantee .
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.He is known to many for roles such as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and as Magneto in the X-Men films.^ He played Magneto in X-Men (2000) and its two sequels, as well as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings (2001) trilogy.
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^ He also played the famous role of the wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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^ McKellen is best known to moviegoers in recent years for his roles as Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy and as Magneto in the "X-Men" trilogy.

.In 1988, McKellen came out and announced he was gay.^ He “came out” on Radio 3 in 1988 and has since become one of the UK’s leading spokesman on gay rights, which has led to him receiving death threats.
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^ In 1988 he publicly came out as a gay man during a BBC Radio 3 discussion about Section 28 of the Local Government Act, which made illegal the public 'promotion of homosexuality.'
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^ Somewhat ironically, a year before gaining fame for playing one of the most infamously heterosexual public figures of the 20th century, McKellen came out to the public as a gay man during a BBC radio program.

.He became a founding member of Stonewall, one of the United Kingdom's most influential LGBT rights groups, of which he remains a prominent spokesman.^ In 1988 McKellen came out as gay and became a founding member of Stonewall, one of the United Kingdom's most influential LGBT rights groups, of which he remains a prominent spokesman.

^ Since then, he has founded Stonewall, a leading gay-rights activist group.
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^ He helped to found Stonewall, a UK lobby group for the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
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.He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1979, and knighted in the 1991 New Year Honours for his outstanding work and contributions to theatre.^ In 1979 he was honoured to be made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).
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^ He was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1979 and knighted in 1990.
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^ The British New Year Honours List for 2008 has now been released.
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[1][2][3] .In the 2008 New Year Honours he was made a Companion of Honour (CH) for services to drama and to equality.^ The British New Year Honours List for 2008 has now been released.
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^ In the 2008 New Year Honours he was made a Companion of Honour (CH) for services to Drama and to Equality.
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^ In 2007 he was appointed Companion of Honour (CH) for services to Drama and Equality.
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Early years

.McKellen was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, though he spent most of his early life in Wigan.^ Ian McKellen was born on May 25th, 1939 in Burnley, England.
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^ McKellen was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, though spent most of his early life in Wigan and later attended Bolton School.

^ Ian McKellen was born on 25 May 1939 in Burnley, England.
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.Born shortly before the outbreak of World War II, the experience had some lasting impact on him.^ Born shortly before the outbreak of World War II, the experience had some lasting impact on him.

^ On his eighteenth birthday he receives a tape of his grandfather's World War II memoirs which awakens the ghosts of a long lost time and place.
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^ SM Apt Pupil is also about a man whose sudden relationship with a younger man forces him to confront his war experiences.
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In response to an interview question when an interviewer remarked that he seemed quite calm in the aftermath of the 11 September attacks, he said: "Well, darling, you forget — I slept under a steel plate until I was four years old."[5]
.McKellen's father, Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer, was a lay preacher, and both of his grandfathers were preachers as well.^ McKellen's father, Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer, was a lay preacher, and both of his grandfathers were preachers as well.

^ He was born in Burnley in 1939; his father was a civil engineer and his mother had an interest in amateur dramatics.
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^ Born May 25, 1939, in the northern English mill town of Burnley, McKellen was the son of a civil engineer.

.At the time of Ian's birth, his parents already had a five-year-old daughter, Jean.^ Ian Holmes is 78 years Old.
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^ At the time he was born the couple also had a five year old daughter named Jean.
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^ At the time of Ian's birth, his parents already had a five-year-old daughter Jean.

.His home environment was strongly Christian, but non-orthodox.^ His home environment was strongly Christian, but non-orthodox.

."My upbringing was of low nonconformist Christians who felt that you led the Christian life in part by behaving in a Christian manner to everybody you met."^ "My upbringing was of low nonconformist Christians who felt that you led the Christian life in part by behaving in a Christian manner to everybody you met."
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^ 'My upbringing was of low nonconformist Christians who felt that you led the Christian life in part by behaving in a Christian manner to everybody you met.'

^ I have spent the better part of my life giving the Bible an objective look and I find it far from fraudulent.
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[5] When he was 12, his mother, Margery Lois (née Sutcliffe) died; his father died when he was 24. When he came out of the closet to his stepmother, Gladys McKellen, who was a member of the Religious Society of Friends: "Not only was she not fazed, but as a member of a society which declared its indifference to people's sexuality years back, I think she was just glad for my sake that I wasn't lying any more."[5]
.McKellen attended Bolton School (boys division),[6] of which he is still a supporter, attending regularly to talk to pupils.^ But at Bolton School (Boys' Division) opportunities were more regular.
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^ McKellen attended Bolton School Boys Division, of which he is still a supporter, attending regularly to talk to pupils.

^ Finally becoming Head Boy of Bolton School, the scholar and young actor in the making won a scholarship to St Catherine's College, Cambridge .
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.McKellen's acting career started at Bolton Little Theatre, of which he is now the patron.^ McKellen's acting career started at Bolton Little Theatre, of which he is now the Patron.

^ McKellen's acting career started at Bolton Little Theatre, of which theatre he is now its patron.
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^ McKellen avidly sought out roles in amateur school theatre productions, which developed his skills at an early age, though his original career goal was to be a journalist.
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[7] .An early fascination with the theatre was encouraged by his parents, who took him on a family outing to Peter Pan at the Manchester Opera House when he was three.^ Ian, was sincerely supported by his parents to attend to theatre classes, and his first play to be seen was Peter Pan at the Manchester Opera House.
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^ His parents encouraged his artistic inclinations by taking the family to regular cinema and theatre outings.
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^ Encouraged by his parents, he developed an early fascination with the theatre.

.June 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] When he was nine, his main Christmas present was a wood and bakelite, fold-away Victorian Theatre from Pollocks Toy Theatres, with cardboard scenery and wires to push on the cut-outs of Cinderella and of Olivier's Hamlet.^ At 7, he was given a fold-up Victorian theatre made of wood and Bakelite.
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^ At the age of seven, his main Christmas present was a Victorian theatre, made of wood and Bakelite, with cardboard scenery cut-outs of Cinderella and Olivier's Hamlet.
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^ When he was nine, his main Christmas present was a wood and bakelite, fold-away Victorian Theatre from Pollocks Toy Theatres, with cardboard scenery and wires to push on the cut-outs of Cinderella and of Olivier's Hamlet.

.June 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] His sister took him to his first Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night,[8] by the amateurs of Wigan's Little Theatre, shortly followed by their Macbeth and Wigan High School for Girls' production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with music by Mendelssohn and with the role of Bottom played by Jean McKellen.^ His sister took him to his first Shakespeare play, "Twelfth Night", by the amateurs of Wigan's Little Theatre, shortly followed by their "Macbeth" and Wigan High School for Girls' production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with music by Mendelssohn and Bottom by Jean McKellen.

^ Ian McKellen played the role of Macbeth.
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^ His first Shakespeare play had been Twelfth Night, when Jean (McKellan, not Simmons) took him to a show by the amateurs of Wigan's Little Theatre.
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.June 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] (Jean continued to act, direct, and produce amateur theatre up to her recent death.^ (Until her recent death, Jean still acted, directed, and produced amateur theatre.

^ His first Shakespeare play had been Twelfth Night, when Jean (McKellan, not Simmons) took him to a show by the amateurs of Wigan's Little Theatre.
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^ He directed The History Boys on screen and recently renewed his partnership with Boyett Ostar Productions which presents National Theatre productions on Broadway.
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)
.He won a scholarship to St Catharine's College, Cambridge, when he was eighteen, where he developed an attraction to Derek Jacobi.^ He won a scholarship to St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, when he was eighteen, where he developed an attraction to Derek Jacobi.

^ Later, when he was eighteen, recieved a scolarship from St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge and this is how his acting career truly began...
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^ He got to Cambridge, coincided with Corin Redgrave, Trevor Nunn and Derek Jacobi, for whom he harboured an undeclared passion.

[9] .He has characterised it as "a passion that was undeclared and unrequited".[5] He and his first serious partner, Brian Taylor, a history teacher from Bolton,[10] began their relationship in 1964. It lasted for eight years, ending in 1972. They lived in London, where McKellen continued to pursue his career as an actor.^ It was a relationship that was to last for eight years, ending in 1972.

^ He moved down to London, taking a place in Kensington with his lover Brian Taylor, a history teacher from Bolton.
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^ He has characterized it as 'a passion that was undeclared and unrequited'.

.For over a decade, he has lived in a five-story Victorian conversion in Narrow Street, Limehouse.^ He had lived in Narrow Street for a quarter of a century, during a time of great change in the region known as Limehouse, dangerously close to the influence of the Dark Doctor, David Owen, and the inferior wizard Steven Berkoff.

^ In a narrow street beside the great river called Thames lived a grey-bearded man from the North Country.

[11] .In 1978 he met his second partner, Sean Mathias, at the Edinburgh Festival.^ In 1978 he met his second partner, Sean Mathias, at the Edinburgh Festival.

^ In his 68 years, he has had two long-term partners: Brian Taylor, the drummer with the Tom Robinson Band, from 1964 to 1972, and then, from 1978 to 1986, theatre director Sean Mathias.
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^ He also starred as Uncle Freddie in Bent (1997), where he met his long-time partner Sean Mathias, roughly ten years after he publicly came out of the closet on the BBC Radio 4 program.
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.According to Mathias, the ten-year love affair was tempestuous, with conflicts over McKellen's success in acting versus Mathias' somewhat less-successful career.^ After leaving Cambridge in 1961, McKellen began his professional career at Coventry's Belgrave Theatre, where he acted in a production of A Man for All Seasons.

^ McKellen's acting career started at Bolton Little Theatre, of which theatre he is now its patron.
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.A friend of Ian Charleson and a great admirer of his work, McKellen contributed a chapter to the 1990 book, For Ian Charleson: A Tribute.^ Ian McKellen has 934 friends.
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^ Company man: Sir Ian McKellen I have not met too many of our great classical actors but I would hazard a guess that none of them dresses like Ian McKellen.
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^ That said, I like, admire and respect Ian McKellen, and I can understand why he wouldn’t want a book that condemns him for his sexuality on the premises, but I have a problem with defacing books of any kind.
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[12]
In the Autumn of 1997, McKellen became a vegetarian.[13]

Theatre

.While at Cambridge McKellen was a member of the Marlowe Society, appearing in Doctor Faustus and Henry IV (as Shallow) alongside Trevor Nunn and Jacobi.^ Directed by Trevor Nunn, the two plays will run in repertory, September 6-30; McKellen will play the title role in Lear and Sorin in The Seagull at select performances.
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^ For Mr. McKellen in Trevor Nunn s otherwise spotty interpretation of Shakespeare s most unforgiving tragedy, which runs through Sept.
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^ When it was announced earlier this year that McKellen would appear as King Lear in Trevor Nunn's RSC production, theatre-land gasped and fell to the floor.
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[14] .His first professional appearance was in 1961 at the Nottingham Playhouse, as Roper in A Man for All Seasons.^ His first professional performance was in 1961, in the Belgrade Theatre Company's production of A Man for All Seasons .
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^ After graduation in 1961 he went on to appear as Roper in A Man for All Seasons at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.
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^ Ian graduated from Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 1961, and without having gone to drama school, made his first performance as Roper in the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 's production of A Man for All Seasons .
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.After four years in regional repertory theatres he made his first West End appearance, in A Scent of Flowers, regarded as a "notable success".[14] In 1965 he was a member of Olivier's National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, which led to rôles at the Chichester Festival.^ She recommended Ian to Laurence Olivier, who was then building his National Theatre at the Old Vic.
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^ Come Christmas, he'd also deliver an outrageous Widow Twankey in Aladdin at Kevin Spacey 's Old Vic, reprising the role at the end of 2005.
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^ He went on to be a director at the National Theatre in London, and has had an extremely successful transition to the commercial sector with Cats (1981) and the first English production of Les Misérables (1985).
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.In the 1970s and 1980s McKellen became a well-known figure in British theatre, performing frequently at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, where he played several leading Shakespearean rôles, including the titular part in Macbeth (which he had first assayed for Trevor Nunn in a "gripping...out of the ordinary" production, with Judi Dench, at Stratford in 1976), and Iago in Othello, in award-winning productions directed by Nunn.^ And I played in the first production of Bent , which is perhaps the ultimate coming-out play.
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^ Synopsis: This powerful production of Shakespeare 's Othello by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1990 features renowned actor Ian McKellan as the conniving Iago and was directed by Trevor Nunn .
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^ Was the National Theatre Production set in the 1930s?
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[14] .Both of these productions were adapted into TV films, also directed by Nunn.^ The only one of his filmed Shakespeares not to be directed by Trevor Nunn, it was based on Richard Eyre's National Theatre production, but directed in the film version by Richard Loncraine, to a screenplay that McKellen co-wrote.
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^ Having been performed in five countries, it is now to be made into a feature film, for which Lloyd, 49, will make her feature directing debut.
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^ Synopsis: This powerful production of Shakespeare 's Othello by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1990 features renowned actor Ian McKellan as the conniving Iago and was directed by Trevor Nunn .
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.In 2007 he returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company, in sell-out productions of King Lear and The Seagull, both directed by Trevor Nunn.^ In 2007, he returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in Trevor Nunn's productions of "The Seagull" (sharing the role of Sorin with William Gaunt) and in the title role of "King Lear", to great acclaim.

^ Directed by Trevor Nunn, the two plays will run in repertory, September 6-30; McKellen will play the title role in Lear and Sorin in The Seagull at select performances.
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^ McKellen, a Tony Award winner for his work in Amadeus , will come to BAM in the Royal Shakespare Company productions of King Lear and The Seagull .
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.In 2009 he appeared in a very popular revival of Waiting for Godot at London's Haymarket Theatre, directed by Sean Mathias and playing opposite Patrick Stewart.^ He plays Estragon and Patrick Stewart will play Vladimir.
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^ (December 2008) McKellen and Patrick Stewart are to take the stage in a new production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
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^ McKellen also appeared in the 2006 series of Ricky Gervais' comedy series "Extras", where he played himself directing Gervais' character Andy Millman in a play about gay lovers.

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Popular success

.McKellen had taken film roles throughout his career — beginning in 1969 with his role of George Matthews in A Touch of Love, but it was not until the 1990s that he became more widely recognised in this medium, through several roles in blockbuster Hollywood movies.^ Still, he made a promicing start, but it was not until the 1990s that he became more widely recognised in this medium, through several roles in blockbuster Hollywood movies.
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^ More care goes into a film.
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^ McKellen avidly sought out roles in amateur school theatre productions, which developed his skills at an early age, though his original career goal was to be a journalist.
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[9]
.In 1993, McKellen had a supporting role as a South African tycoon in the critically acclaimed[17] Six Degrees of Separation, in which he starred with Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland, and Will Smith.^ Film script for Six Degrees of Separation (1993) 1 file .
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^ In the late 1993, McKellen received a supporting role in the sleeper hit: Six Degrees of Separation, movie that represented for him his first big Hollywoodian role, in which also starred names as Will Smith, David Sutherland and Stockard Channing.
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^ In 1993, McKellen had a supporting role as a South African tycoon in the sleeper hit "Six Degrees of Separation", in which he starred with Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland, and Will Smith.

.In the same year, he appeared in minor roles in the television miniseries Tales of the City (based on the novel by his friend Armistead Maupin) and the film Last Action Hero, in which he played Death.^ In the same year, he was also exposed to North American audiences in minor roles in the television miniseries "Tales of the City" (based on the novel by his friend Armistead Maupin) and the movie "Last Action Hero", in which he played Death.

^ Television script for Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1993) 1 file .
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^ In April and May 2005, he played the role of Mel Hutchwright in Granada Television's long running soap opera, "Coronation Street", fulfilling a lifelong ambition.

.The same year, McKellen appeared in the TV movie 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.^ He appeared in Tales Of The City, then in And The Band Played On, the tale of the discovery of and early fight against HIV. As activist Bill Kraus, Ian stood out in a cast including such stars as Richard Gere , Anjelica Huston, Steve Martin and Nathalie Baye, receiving an Emmy nomination for his pains.
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^ His performance in the title role was critically acclaimed, and he was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA awards, and won the European Film Award for best actor.
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^ Amongst many awards he has received a Tony Award, four Olivier Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award, as well as twice being nominated for an Academy Award and also for an Emmy.
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.In 1995, he played the title role in the critical hit Richard III,[18] which transported the setting 400 years into the future in 1930s fascist England.^ His version of Richard III , set in a future fascist England, would eventually reach the cinema screens.
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^ After Richard III he was seen as a potential lead, and in 1998 won an Oscar nomination for his role as James Whale in Gods And Monsters, a superbly delicate and tortured performance.
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^ Set in a fascist, English version of the 1930s, it's visually stunning, hugely imaginative – part of Richard III's "Now is the winter of our discontent" speech is delivered in an Art Deco urinal – and psychologically fascinating, as McKellen's all-too-believable dictator monarch vacillates between evil and charm.
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[19] .McKellen co-produced and co-wrote the film, adapting the play for the screen based on a stage production of Shakespeare's play directed by Richard Eyre for the Royal National Theatre, in which McKellen had appeared.^ Was the National Theatre Production set in the 1930s?
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^ I produced a film, which I co-wrote.
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^ Overview: Based on Shakespeare's play.

[9][19] .In McKellen's role as executive producer he returned his £50,000 fee in order to complete the filming of the final battle.^ Then would come the climax in The Return Of The King, a film so hotly anticipated that 100,000 came out onto the streets when it premiered in Wellington.
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^ McKellen is best known to moviegoers in recent years for his roles as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and as Magneto in the X-Men trilogy.
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^ Apart from Ian McKellen , who we obviously want to return as Gandalf, we are not really offering any roles to anybody until we've done a casting sweep....

[20] .In his review of the film, Hal Hinson of the The Washington Post, called McKellen's performance a "lethally flamboyant incarnation" and said his "florid mastery ...^ McKellen, noticing my eyes drift over to the script, said: "I've only begun to get a grip on it after 30 performances.
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dominates everything".[21] .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.^ He was Emmy-nominated for this last role, for which he actually won a Golden Globe (Richard III won a Globe nomination too).
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^ His performance in the title role was critically acclaimed, and he was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA awards, and won the European Film Award for best actor.
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^ McKellen received a Best Actor Oscar nomination and the film won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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.His screenplay was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.^ He has won two Brit awards and was nominated for Best British Single in 2007 but lost out to Take That.
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^ McKellen 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 also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role.

^ Best Art Direction,Best Costume Design,Best Screenplay (Adapted)(2) Best Cinematography,Best Makeup,Best Music (Original Score)(1) Best Screenplay (Adapted)(1) Studios .
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.His breakthrough role for mainstream American audiences[citation needed] came with the modestly acclaimed[22] Apt Pupil, based on a story by Stephen King.^ His breakthrough role for mainstream American audiences came with the modestly acclaimed "Apt Pupil," based on a story by Stephen King.

^ In the same year, he was also exposed to North American audiences in minor roles in the television miniseries "Tales of the City" (based on the novel by his friend Armistead Maupin) and the movie "Last Action Hero", in which he played Death.

^ Returning to Hollywood, Ian starred as a Nazi hiding in the USA in Stephen King's Apt Pupil .
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.McKellen portrayed an old Nazi officer, living under a false name in the U.S., who was befriended by a curious teenager (Brad Renfro) who threatened to expose him unless he told his story in detail.^ McKellen portrayed an old Nazi officer, living under a false name in the U.S., who was befriended by a curious teenager (Brad Renfro) who threatened to expose him unless he told his story in detail.

^ He was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK, under the name Ian Murray McKellen.
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^ Rate this: 76% from 947 members Churchill on DVD (2003) Starring: Ian McKellen Certificate: In this extensive and extended edition of the major TV series chronicling the legendary life of Sir Winston Churchill, the story is told by people who knew him.
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.His casting was based partly on his performance in Cold Comfort Farm, seen by Apt Pupil director Bryan Singer, despite the BBC's refusal to release it in cinemas.^ His casting was based partly on his performance in "Cold Comfort Farm", seen by "Apt Pupil"-director Bryan Singer despite the BBFC's refusal to release it in cinemas.

^ He reteamed with "Apt Pupil" director Bryan Singer to play the comic book character Magneto in "X-Men" and its sequels "" and "X-Men: The Last Stand".

^ The real breakthrough came in 1995, when Ian starred alongside Kate Beckinsale in a production of Cold Comfort Farm that did well in the States.
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[20] .He was subsequently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1998 film Gods and Monsters, wherein he played James Whale, the gay director of Show Boat (1936) and Frankenstein.^ Several films and 10 years later, he landed an Academy Award nomination for "Gods and Monsters" playing a gay film director.

^ He followed Richard III in 1998 with Gods and Monsters , a biopic of the gay Frankenstein director James Whale.
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^ SM In that film you’re playing James Whale, director of the original Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein .
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[9]
.He reteamed with Bryan Singer to play the comic book character Magneto in X-Men and its sequels X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand.^ This will mean as much to comic-book fans as it will to students of Modernist drama, because Stewart also featured in the X-Men movie franchise.
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^ He reteamed with "Apt Pupil" director Bryan Singer to play the comic book character Magneto in "X-Men" and its sequels "" and "X-Men: The Last Stand".

[9] .It was while filming X-Men that he was cast as the wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson's three-film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (consisting of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King).^ Then would come the climax in The Return Of The King, a film so hotly anticipated that 100,000 came out onto the streets when it premiered in Wellington.
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^ The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring .
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^ The Two Towers (USA: short title) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) ....
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.McKellen 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 also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role.^ McKellen 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 also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role.

^ McKellen received a Best Actor Oscar nomination and the film won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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^ In 1993, McKellen had a supporting role as a South African tycoon in the sleeper hit "Six Degrees of Separation", in which he starred with Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland, and Will Smith.

.He also voiced Gandalf in the video game adaptions of the film trilogy as well as in The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age.^ He also played the famous role of the wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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^ In 1998 he appeared as James Whale in Gods and Monsters and amongst other film roles has played Magneto in three X-Men films and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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^ It was while filming X-Men that he was cast as the Academy Award nominated wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation The Lord of the Rings, consisting of The Fellowship of the Ring (4 Oscars received), The Two Towers (2 Oscars received) and The Return of the King (11 Oscars received).
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.He will reprise the role for the upcoming prequel The Hobbit.^ Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (Gollum), and Hugo Weaving (Elrond) are confirmed to reprise their LOTR roles in The Hobbit , the prequel to The Lord of the Rings ( LOTR ), but the lead role of Bilbo Baggins has yet to be cast.

[23]
.On 16 March 2002, he was the host on Saturday Night Live.^ On March 16, 2002, he was the host on "Saturday Night Live".

^ Saturday Night Live 20 (USA: twentieth season title) ...
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.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.^ While Major made no promises, when I met Tony Blair when he was leader of the Opposition he was much more responsive, and in power Labour delivered on its commitments.
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^ Synopsis: This 2002 episode of Saturday Night Live is hosted by Ian McKellen and features musical guest Kylie Minogue .
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^ McKellen's last appearance on Ross's show happened to land him in the green room alongside one Russell Brand.
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.In April and May 2005, he played the role of Mel Hutchwright in Granada Television's long running soap opera, Coronation Street, fulfilling a lifelong ambition.^ Next, another of his ambitions was achieved as Ian got a small part in Granada's Coronation Street playing Mel Hutchwright, a writer claiming to suffer from writer's block who managed to con his way into free accommodation and drinks in The Rovers Return.
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^ After reuniting with Judi Dench when both provided voices for the big screen version of The Magic Roundabout (later inexplicably retitled Doogal for a US release), he'd move on to a brief run in Britain's top soap opera Coronation Street, playing Mel Hutchwright, a blocked writer and con artist who takes advantage of the street's book club to cadge drinks and accommodation.
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^ He has also appeared in the television programmes Coronation Street and Tales of the City as well as playing himself in Extras and The Simpsons .
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.He is also known for his voicework, having narrated Richard Bell's film Eighteen, as a grandfather who leaves his World War II memoirs on audiocassette for his teenage grandson.^ I kept saying this to Richard Eyre, who used to be head of BBC TV plays and has an interest in filming.
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^ And the North of England, just after the last world war, you thought you were the only person who had ever felt like this before.

^ "Much Ado" is about a group of soldiers who come back from the war and try to cope with the alien world of civilian life.
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.McKellen has appeared in limited release films, such as Emile (which was shot in a few days during the X2 shoot)[citation needed], Neverwas and Asylum.^ Has appeared with Bruce Davison in four different films: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (1993), APT PUPIL (1998), X-MEN (2000) and X2 (2003).
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^ Coming up he is scheduled to start shooting the film adaptation of "The Hobbit," which will be released as a two-part series.

.He appeared as Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code. During a 17 May 2006 interview on The Today Show with the Da Vinci Code cast and director, Matt Lauer posed a question to the group about how they would have felt if the film had borne a prominent disclaimer that it is a work of fiction, as some religious groups wanted.^ Like his THE DA VINCI CODE (2006) character, Sir Leigh Teabing, he has been knighted.
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^ In 2006, the "Da Vinci Code" star told "Today" that the Bible needed a "disclaimer."
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^ Onscreen, he'd enjoy huge success as The Da Vinci Code's Sir Leigh Teabing, a rich and eccentric expert on Holy Grail mythology, who aids colleague Tom Hanks in his attempt to unravel a worldwide conspiracy involving secret Christian sects and albino killers.
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[24] .McKellen responded, "I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying 'This is fiction.'^ "Well, I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction.
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^ McKellen responded, 'I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying 'This is fiction.'

^ MCKELLEN: Well as often been a guy man I`ve got a great big deal of interest in that`s other issues and laws which discriminate against gay people and.

.I mean, walking on water?^ I mean, walking on water?

^ I mean, walking on water, it takes an act of faith," McKellen said.
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It takes... an act of faith. .And I have faith in this movie — not that it's true, not that it's factual, but that it's a jolly good story."^ And I have faith in this movie—not that it's true, not that it's factual, but that it's a jolly good story.'

.He continued, "And I think audiences are clever enough and bright enough to separate out fact and fiction, and discuss the thing when they've seen it".[24] McKellen appeared in the 2006 series of Ricky Gervais' comedy series Extras, where he played himself directing Gervais' character Andy Millman in a play about gay lovers.^ MCKELLEN: I`d rather not be separated out from everybody else.

^ He continued, 'And I think audiences are clever enough and bright enough to separate out fact and fiction, and discuss the thing when they've seen it'.

^ McKellen also appeared in the 2006 series of Ricky Gervais' comedy series "Extras", where he played himself directing Gervais' character Andy Millman in a play about gay lovers.

.McKellen received a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor - Comedy Series nomination for his performance.^ McKellen received a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance.

^ Amongst many awards he has received a Tony Award, four Olivier Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award, as well as twice being nominated for an Academy Award and also for an Emmy.
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^ Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English stage and screen actor, the recipient of the Tony Award and two Oscar nominations.
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LGBT rights campaigning

McKellen at Europride 2003 in Manchester.
.While McKellen had made his sexuality known to his fellow actors early on in his stage career, it was not until 1988 that he came out to the general public, in a programme on BBC Radio 3.^ McKellen famously came out in 1988 during a radio conversation with Peregrine Worsthorne, and went on to co-found the gay rights group Stonewall.
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^ Venerable English stage actor Ian McKellen has played all the great parts from Hamlet to Richard III, but in the twilight of his career, he is finding new roles in mainstream film and TV -- and as a gay icon.

^ "The minute I came out and said that I was gay, suddenly my film career took off," he joked recently to U.S. TV talk show "The View," about revealing his sexuality in 1988 after spending the two previous decades in theater.

[9] .The context that prompted McKellen's decision — overriding concerns about a possible negative effect on his career — was that the controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Bill, simply known as "Section 28" was under consideration in the British Parliament.^ Stonewall, the organisation we named after the riots, came 20 years later and was similarly rooted in anger — this time at Section 28, the clause in the Local Government Bill that outlawed the “promotion” of homosexuality.
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^ It wasn't until a 1988 BBC Radio 4 discussion about the Thatcher government's Local Government Act, Section 28 of which made the public 'promotion of homosexuality' illegal, that Ian publicly announced he was gay.
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^ That is the focus of attention these days – to overturn the effect of Section 28, which bewildered schools as to what they could and could not address in the classroom.
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[9] .McKellen has stated that he was influenced in his decision by the advice and support of his friends, among them noted gay author Armistead Maupin.^ In 1993, he became recognizable to American television audiences playing gay men in And the Band Played On and Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City , two acclaimed TV miniseries; McKellen earned an Emmy nomination for his work in the former.
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^ When he heard that the Proposition had been carried, McKellen went straight online to talk to Californian friends, including Armistead Maupin.
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[9]
.In 2003, during an appearance on Have I Got News For You, McKellen claimed that when he visited Michael Howard, then Environment Secretary (responsible for local government), in 1988 to lobby against Section 28, Howard refused to change his position but did ask him to leave an autograph for his children.^ But Section 28 changed me.
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^ Stonewall, the organisation we named after the riots, came 20 years later and was similarly rooted in anger — this time at Section 28, the clause in the Local Government Bill that outlawed the “promotion” of homosexuality.
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^ In 1988 he publicly came out as a gay man during a BBC Radio 3 discussion about Section 28 of the Local Government Act, which made illegal the public 'promotion of homosexuality.'
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McKellen agreed, but wrote "Fuck off, I'm gay."[25] McKellen also described Howard's junior ministers, the Conservatives David Wilshire and Dame Jill Knight, who were the architects of Section 28, as the 'ugly sisters' of a political pantomime.[26]
.Section 28, which proposed to prohibit local authorities from "promoting homosexuality" 'as a kind of pretended family relationship', was ambiguous and the actual impact of the amendment was uncertain.^ They are not “pretend” families, as Section 28 called them.
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^ Stonewall, the organisation we named after the riots, came 20 years later and was similarly rooted in anger — this time at Section 28, the clause in the Local Government Bill that outlawed the “promotion” of homosexuality.
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^ On Radio 4 in 1988, McKellen admitted he was gay while discussing Section 28, whereby Thatcher hoped to make the "public promotion of homosexuality" a crime.
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[27] .McKellen became active in fighting the proposed law, and declared himself gay on a BBC Radio programme where he debated the subject of Section 28 with the conservative journalist Peregrine Worsthorne.^ McKellen famously came out in 1988 during a radio conversation with Peregrine Worsthorne, and went on to co-found the gay rights group Stonewall.
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^ In 1988 he publicly came out as a gay man during a BBC Radio 3 discussion about Section 28 of the Local Government Act, which made illegal the public 'promotion of homosexuality.'
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^ Somewhat ironically, a year before gaining fame for playing one of the most infamously heterosexual public figures of the 20th century, McKellen came out to the public as a gay man during a BBC radio program.
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[9] .He has said of this period: "My own participating in that campaign was a focus for people [to] take comfort that if Ian McKellen was on board for this, perhaps it would be all right for other people to be as well, gay and straight".[5] Section 28 was, however, enacted and remained on the statute books until 2003. In the intervening period, McKellen continued to fight for its repeal and criticised British Prime Minister Tony Blair for failing to concern himself with the issue.^ Those are all straight activities right?
  • Big Hollywood » Blog Archive » Ian McKellen: Secret Gay Life Like Being a Jew in Hitler’s Europe 16 January 2010 13:28 UTC bighollywood.breitbart.com [Source type: General]

^ MCKELLEN: Young gay people.

^ My advice to McKellen and all you other Bible burners is get over it.
  • Cele|bitchy » Blog Archive » Ian McKellen will tear Leviticus 18:22 out of any Bible around 16 January 2010 13:28 UTC www.celebitchy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[citation needed]
McKellen has continued to be very active in LGBT rights efforts. In a statement on his website regarding his activism, the actor commented that:
.I have been reluctant to lobby on other issues I most care about - nuclear weapons (against), religion (atheist), capital punishment (anti), AIDS (fund-raiser) because I never want to be forever spouting, diluting the impact of addressing my most urgent concern; legal and social equality for gay people worldwide.^ GRIFFIN: And most of my career.

^ He helped to found Stonewall, a UK lobby group for the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
  • Sir Ian McKellen, actor: papers, 1967-2007Catalogue of records in the Victoria and Albert Museum: Theatre CollectionsCatalogued by Vaila Holbourn 19 September 2009 5:50 UTC www.vam.ac.uk [Source type: General]

^ And I love to make fun of her because she never gets my jokes or doesn`t like my jokes and therefore I have to make more jokes at her expense to her face.

[28]
.McKellen is a co-founder of Stonewall, a LGB rights lobby group in the United Kingdom, named after the Stonewall riots.^ McKellen famously came out in 1988 during a radio conversation with Peregrine Worsthorne, and went on to co-found the gay rights group Stonewall.
  • Ian McKellen: A world under his spell | Film | The Observer 16 January 2010 13:28 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ He helped to found Stonewall, a UK lobby group for the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
  • Sir Ian McKellen, actor: papers, 1967-2007Catalogue of records in the Victoria and Albert Museum: Theatre CollectionsCatalogued by Vaila Holbourn 19 September 2009 5:50 UTC www.vam.ac.uk [Source type: General]

^ Everyone has the right to live openly, writes the actor as we approach the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots .
  • Come out, come out, wherever you are | Sir Ian McKellen - Times Online 16 January 2010 13:28 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

[29] .McKellen is also Patron of LGBT History Month,[30] Pride London, GAY-GLOS and The Lesbian & Gay Foundation.^ But his real-life role becoming a spokesperson for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups on issues such as gay marriage was one that surprised him, he said.

[31]
In 1994, at the closing ceremony of the Gay Games, he briefly took the stage to address the crowd, saying, "I'm Sir Ian McKellen, but you can call me Serena." (This nickname, originally given to him by Stephen Fry, had been circulating within the gay community since McKellen's knighthood was conferred.)[5] In 2002, he attended the Academy Awards with his then-boyfriend, New Zealander Nick Cuthell — possibly a first for a major nominee since Nigel Hawthorne, the first openly gay performer to be nominated for an Academy Award, who attended the ceremonies with his partner, Trevor Bentham, in 1995.[citation needed]
In 2006, McKellen spoke at the pre-launch of the 2007 LGBT History Month in the UK, lending his support to the organisation and its founder, Sue Sanders.[30] In 2007 McKellen became a patron of The Albert Kennedy Trust, an organisation that provides support to young, homeless and troubled LGBT people.[29]
In 2006, McKellen became a Patron of Oxford Pride.[32] At the time he said:
.I have been to many Pride occasions across the World, from being Grand Marshall in San Francisco to the first ever gay march in Johannesburg in post-apartheid South Africa.^ (March 2009) Regrets spending nearly half a century being dishonest about his sexuality and wishes he had revealed he was gay earlier.
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.Wherever gay people gather publicly to celebrate their sense of community, there are two important results.^ And if there are people in the audience who don’t like me simply because I am gay, well I don’t want them as part of my audience.
  • Come out, come out, wherever you are | Sir Ian McKellen - Times Online 16 January 2010 13:28 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ There is still a lot to do in this country: we have to address attitudes and the rise in casual homophobia, the young people getting abused, even killed, for being gay.
  • Come out, come out, wherever you are | Sir Ian McKellen - Times Online 16 January 2010 13:28 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

.First, onlookers can be impressed by our confidence and determination to be ourselves and, second, gay people, of whatever age, can be comforted by the occasion to take first steps towards coming out and leaving the closet forever behind.^ Bible, the fact that these gay people rip out pages from the Bible is an infringement on the right for a religion to hold its beliefs whether it includes certain people or not.
  • Times Square Gossip: IAN MCKELLEN RIPS OUT BIBLES GAY PAGES 16 January 2010 13:28 UTC www.timessquaregossip.com [Source type: General]

^ RHEA: Same generation -- you know, people our age, then she went like this -- excuse me, I`m in my 40s and you`re over 100 years old.

^ Condemning the outing of former BP boss Lord Browne as "sordid, amoral journalism of the worst kind", Tatchell believes it should be up to them when people come out.
  • The pink list 2007: The IoS annual celebration of the great and the gay - This Britain, UK - The Independent 15 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: News]

I send my love to all members of Oxford Pride, their sponsors and supporters, of which I am proud to be one.
McKellen has taken his activism internationally, where it caused a major stir in Singapore. .Invited to do an interview on a morning show, he shocked the interviewer by asking if they could recommend him a gay bar.^ Because other people would have to go to the bathroom and they couldn`t get the call as fast as she could for the -- on watch the dot and every other person that she interviewed.

^ I met him afterwards and invited myself to 10 Downing Street to talk about gay rights.
  • Come out, come out, wherever you are | Sir Ian McKellen - Times Online 16 January 2010 13:28 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Outside London, where I lived, there was no gay pub or bar you could go to.
  • Big Hollywood » Blog Archive » Ian McKellen: Secret Gay Life Like Being a Jew in Hitler’s Europe 16 January 2010 13:28 UTC bighollywood.breitbart.com [Source type: General]

The program immediately ended.[33][34] In December 2008, he was named in Out's annual Out 100 list.[35]

Selected stage and screen credits

Stage

The hands of McKellen on a 1999 Gods and Monsters plaque.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1966 David Copperfield David Copperfield (TV)
1969 The Promise Leonidik
Alfred the Great Roger
A Touch of Love George Matthews
1981 Priest of Love Lawrence
Pillar of Fire Narrator Documentary
1982 The Scarlet Pimpernel Paul Chauvelin
Walter Walter Royal Television Society Award for Best Performance
1983 The Keep Dr. Theodore Cuza
1985 Plenty Sir Andrew Charleson
Zina Arthur Kronfeld
1989 Scandal John Profumo
1993 Six Degrees of Separation Geoffrey Miller
The Ballad of Little Jo Percy Corcoran
Last Action Hero Death (uncredited cameo)
And the Band Played On Bill Kraus CableACE Award for Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
1994 To Die For Quilt Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Shadow Dr. Reinhardt Lane
I'll Do Anything John Earl McAlpine
1995 Restoration Will Gates
Richard III Richard III European Film Award for Best Actor
Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Film
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Jack and Sarah William
1996 Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny Nicholas II Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1997 Swept from the Sea Dr. James Kennedy
Bent Uncle Freddie
1998 Apt Pupil Kurt Dussander Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor also for Gods and Monsters
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor also for Gods and Monsters
Gods and Monsters James Whale British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor also for Apt Pupil
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor also for Apt Pupil
Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
2000 X-Men Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Villain
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Gandalf the Grey Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—DVD Exclusive Awards for Best Audio Commentary Shared with Elijah Wood and Liv Tyler
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Fight Shared with Christopher Lee
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gandalf the White Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Tusker Tusker
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Gandalf the White Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Empire Award for Best British Actor
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Emile Emile Nominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
The Simpsons Himself
X2 Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto Nominated—Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Villain
2004 Eighteen Jason Anders
2005 Neverwas Gabriel Finch
Asylum Dr. Peter Cleave
The Magic Roundabout Zebedee (voice)
2006 Extras Ian McKellen Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
Flushed Away The Toad Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
X-Men: The Last Stand Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto Nominated—Irish Film & Television Award for Best International Actor
Nominated—Teen Choice Awards for Movies - Choice Sleazebag also for The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code Sir Leigh Teabing Nominated—Teen Choice Awards for Movies - Choice Sleazebag also for X-Men: The Last Stand
2007 Stardust Narrator (voice)
The Golden Compass Iorek Byrnison (voice)
2008 King Lear King Lear Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
2009 The Prisoner Number Two (TV)
2011 The Hobbit I Gandalf the Grey
2012 The Hobbit II Gandalf the Grey

Miscellaneous

Other awards

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References

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Simple English

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Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CBE, CH (born May 25, 1939, in Burnley) is a highly acclaimed English actor for both theatre and films. He got a Tony Award and two Oscar nominations.

His work has spanned genres from serious Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction movies.

Best known for his roles as Gandalf in the 2001-2003 Lord of the Rings film trilogy, as Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code, and as Magneto in the X-Men series of movies. He is also known as an activist for the rights of LGBT people.

He was made a CBE in 1979 and knighted in 1990 for his outstanding work and contributions to the theatre. In 2008 he was made a Companion of Honour.

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