Born in Germany, and raised in Killarney, Ireland, MICHAEL FASSBENDER (The Counselor) a of London's prestigious Drama Centre. His breakthrough role came when he was cast in the epic Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks production, Band of Brothers. His big screen debut came with Zack Snyder's hugely successful 300, and offers for other film roles swiftly followed.
Fassbender's performance as Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen's Hunger won critical acclaim and, following the film's Camera d'Or winning premiere as Cannes in 2008, Fassbender scooped up numerous international festival awards including the British Independent Film Award (BIFA) and Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) for Best Actor; a London Film Critics Circle 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. The portrayal brought Fassbemder BIFA and IFTA nominations as well as his second London Film Critics Award. He was also an IFTA nominee for his performance in Marc Munden's mini-series The Devil's Whore.
Fassbender went onto work with Quentin Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds opposite Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger. Other credits include Francois Ozon's Angel, Joel Schumacher's Town Creek, James Watkin's Eden Lake, Neil Marshall's Centurion, and Jimmy Hayward's Jonah Hex.
In 2011, Fassbender was seen as the young Magneto opposite James McAvoy's Professor X in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men First Class, a role he is reprising in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is in post-production. He was also seen as Carl Jung opposite Viggo Mortensen's Sigmund Freud in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method and as Edward Rochester opposite Miz Wasikowska in Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre.
Fasssbender reteamed with Hunger director Steve McQueen in Shame, which won Fassbender the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, the Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, as well as a seven minute standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival.
Fassbender was the recipient of the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor for Jane Eyre and Shame, the London Critics Circle Film Award for Best Actor for Shame and A Dangerous Method, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor for X-Men: First Class, Jane Eyre, A Dangerous Method, and Shame, and the National Board of Review's Spotlight Award for A Dangerous Method, X-Men: First Class, Jane Eyre and Shame. He also took the Empire Hero Award at the Empire Awards.
In 2012, Fassbender was seen as the android David in Ridley Scott's science fiction epic Prometheus, and starred in the Untitled Terrence Malick Project, a story about two intersecting love triangles set against Austin's vibrant and colorful music scene, due for release in 2013. Fassbender also reteamed with Steve McQueen to make 12 Years a Slave, and stars in the upcoming film Frank, a comedy about a young wannabe musician, who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank, played by Fassbender.
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