MICHAEL FASSBENDER (Paul) is enjoying a phenomenal run of
critically acclaimed performances, garnering numerous accolades and awards
including the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival and a Golden Globe
nomination for Best Actor for Steve McQueen's Shame. The National Board of
Review has awarded Fassbender with the Spotlight Award and the LA Film Critics
Association named him Best Actor for his performances in both Shame and Davide
Cronenberg's drama A Dangerous Method in which he plays Carl Jung opposite Keira
Knightley and Viggo Mortensen. He was also recently seen in Matthew Vaugh's
X-Men: First Class, as Erik Lehnsherr, better known as super-villain Magneto as
well as Rochester in Cary Joji Fukunaga's Jane Eyre. Fassbender co-starred in
Quentin Tarantino's 2009 blockbuster Inglourious Basterds, sharing with his
fellow actors the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a
Cast in a Motion Picture as well as the Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting
Ensemble. In June 2012, Fassbender will co-star in Ridley Scott's Prometheus
opposite Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace.
Fassbender previously starred as the late hunger striker Bobby Sands in Steve
McQueen's true-life drama Hunger. The performance earned him the British
Independent Film Award (BIFA) and Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) for
Best Actor, a London Film Critics Award and Best Actor honors from the 2008
Stockholm and Chicago International Film Festivals. He was honored at the latter
festival the following year, as Best Supporting Actor, for his performance in
Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank. This performance brought him BIFA and IFTA
nominations as well as his second London Film Critics Circle Award. He was also
an IFTA nominee for his performance in Marc Munden's miniseries "The Devil's
Born in Germany and raised in Ireland, Fassbender is a graduate of London's
prestigious Drama Centre. His breakthrough role came as Sgt. Burton "Pat"
Christenson in HBO's epic, award-winning miniseries "Band of Brothers."
After making his feature film debut in Zack Snyder's blockbuster 300,
Fassbender's subsequent credits include Joel Schumacher's Blood Creek, James
Watkins' Eden Late, Jimmy Hayward's Jonah Hex, Francois Ozon's Angel and Neil
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