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Michael Fassbender

Michael by Emma Hardy Portraits Gallery
Born April 2, 1977 (1977-04-02) (age 32)
Heidelberg, Germany
Occupation Actor

Michael Fassbender (born April 2, 1977) is an Irish actor. He is probably best known to international audiences for playing Lt. Archie Hicox in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. His other credits include playing Azazeal in the Sky One television series Hex, Band of Brothers, the Zack Snyder epic film 300 in which he plays Spartan soldier Stēlios and the 2008 film Hunger, in which he played Bobby Sands.


Personal life

Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to an Irish mother and German father. His parents moved to Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland when he was two years old. He attended St. Brendan's, Killarney (The Sem) and the Drama Centre London. 1.85 m tall, with blue eyes and light brown hair, Fassbender plays guitar, piano, and accordion and speaks fluent German. He has his own production company called Peanut Productions. He is related on his mother's side to Michael Collins, an Irish leader during the War of Independence.[1]

Earlier projects

He first played the part of Burton 'Pat' Christenson in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's award winning Band of Brothers. He played the character of Azazeal in both series of Hex on Sky One and he also starred as the main character in the music video for the song 'Blind Pilots' by the British band, The Cooper Temple Clause.

Fassbender played the part of Jonathan Harker in a 10-part radio serialization of Dracula produced by BBC Northern Ireland and broadcast in the Book at Bedtime series between 24 November and 5 December 2003. He was also seen in early 2004 in a Guinness television commercial, The Quarrel, playing a man who swims across the ocean from Ireland to apologize personally to his brother in New York.

During the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fassbender co-starred with Mel Smith in Allegiance, a play based on the meeting between Winston Churchill and Michael Collins while coincidentally his mother is great niece of Collins (whom he played).[2] By many accounts he was riveting on stage.[3] The play was a co-production between the Riverside Studios and London production company Third Man Films. The play was directed by Brian Gilbert and produced by Daniel Jewel. In addition, he has produced, directed and starred in the stage version of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, along with his production company.

He appeared in Angel (UK title: The Real Life of Angel Deverell), about the rise and fall of an eccentric young British writer (played by Romola Garai) in the early 20th century. Fassbender plays her love interest and average painter Esmé. The drama – the first English-language effort by French director François Ozon and based on the novel by Elizabeth Taylor – was premiered on 17 February 2007 at the Berlin International Film Festival and on 14 March 2007 in Paris.

Fassbender appears briefly in Wedding Belles as Barney, speaking with a Scottish accent. The film had its premiere on 29 March 2007 on Channel 4 television.[4] In the same year he had a cameo role in the film Cassandra's Dream, directed by Woody Allen and starring Ewan McGregor.

Recent projects

Fassbender underwent a crash diet to play Irish Republican Army prisoner Bobby Sands, who died during a hunger strike in 1981, in the 2008 film, Hunger. The British-made Channel 4 film was directed by Steve McQueen. Sands was a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army; his hunger strike at the north of Ireland's Maze Prison made him a heroic figure among Republican supporters - and he was elected a Member of Parliament while in prison before his death. This film has won awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Michael Fassbender received the Best Actor award at the British Independent Film Awards.[5]

He has been cast as 'Richard Wirth' in the Joel Schumacher film Blood Creek, alongside Prison Break star Dominic Purcell. Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys, Batman Forever, Phone Booth) has signed to direct Blood Creek, the vampire horror movie for Gold Circle and Lionsgate. The story centers on a West Virginia man who comes to terms with his moral qualms and helps his brother wipe out a family that had been protecting a Nazi vampire and who had kept his brother captive for him to feed off of for years. "There is blood in it, but it's not really a vampire movie," Schumacher says. The first part of the film will be set in 1936, at the height of Hitler's power, and the second half will be set during the present day, the theme being "ghosts of the past rising up to confront today's world." Dave Kajganich (The Visiting) wrote the screenplay and shooting has been started in Bucharest, Romania.[6][7][8]

One year after his success at the Cannes Film Festival with Hunger, he appeared in two films. First was Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, in which he played the British officer Lieutenant Archie Hicox. The other film was Fish Tank directed by Andrea Arnold. For both, he achieved great critical acclaim.

He has also been cast alongside Josh Brolin and Megan Fox in comic book adaptation Jonah Hex. He will play Mr. Rochester in the 2011 film Jane Eyre, featuring Mia Wasikowska in the title role, with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing.[9]



Year Title Role Other notes
2001 Band of Brothers Burton 'Pat' Christenson TV mini series
Hearts and Bones Hermann TV series, 3 episodes
2002 NCS Manhunt Jack Silver TV series
Holby City Christian Connolly TV series, 1 episode
2003 Carla Rob TV
2004 Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Guy Fawkes TV
Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder - The Case of Charles Bravo Charles Bravo TV
A Bear Named Winnie Lt. Harry Colebourn TV
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking Charles Allen TV
2005 Murphy's Law Caz Miller TV series, 5 episodes
Our Hidden Lives German POW TV
Hex fallen angel Azazeal TV series, 12 episodes (2 seasons, 2004–2005)
William and Mary Lukasz TV series, 1 episode
2006 Poirot episode After the Funeral George Abernethie TV series, 1 episode
Trial & Retribution: Sins of the Father Douglas Nesbitt TV
2007 300 Stelios
Angel Esmé Howe-Nevinson premiered Feb. 17th, directed by Francois Ozon
Wedding Belles Barney TV, premiered on March 29
2008 Hunger Bobby Sands British Independent Film Awards 2008 for Best Actor
Chicago International Film Festival. Silver Hugo prize for Best Actor
IFTA Award for Best Actor
Nominated — European Film Awards 2008 for Best Actor
Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Eden Lake Steve
The Devil's Whore Thomas Rainsborough TV mini series
2009 Blood Creek Richard Wirth
Fish Tank Connor
Inglourious Basterds Lt. Archie Hicox Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2010 Centurion Quintus Dias
Jonah Hex Burke
2011 The Talking Cure Carl Jung In development
2011 Jane Eyre Mr. Rochester In development. To be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
TBA The Sweeney George Carter pre-production


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