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Bio For: Ian McKellen
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IAN McKELLEN (Magneto) has been honored with over 50 international acting awards during his half-century on stage and screen. He is treasured worldwide for his roles as Magneto in the "X-Men" films and Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy.

In "The Hobbit" he again plays Gandalf the Grey, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and a Screen Actors' Guild Award in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." As Gandalf the White, in the other two LOTR films, he shared the Screen Actors' Guild Award for Best Motion Picture Cast.

For his role as the gay film director James Whale, in Bill Condon's "Gods and Monsters" (1998), McKellen received his first Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor, plus an Independent Spirit Award and a British Independent Film Award. The same year, top critics' groups elected him Best Actor, as the Nazi-in-hiding in Bryan Singer's "Apt Pupil." For McKellen's classic performance in Richard Loncraine's "Richard III," which he produced and co-wrote, he was named 1996 European Actor of the Year.

McKellen's long list of film successes include "The Keep" (1983); "Plenty" (1985); "Scandal" (1988); "Six Degrees of Separation" (1993); "Restoration" (1995); "Bent" (1997); "Cold Comfort Farm" (1995) and "The Da Vinci Code" (2006).

McKellen is a five-time Emmy nominee, most recently for the PBS presentation of his monumental "King Lear" (2008); the British miniseries "The Prisoner" (2009), and his comic guest spot on "Extras" (2006), remembered for the viral catch-phrase: "How do I act so well?" He earlier received a Golden Globe award for his Tsar Nicholas II in the telefilm "Rasputin" (1996). McKellen is most proud of his work as the mentally- handicapped "Walter" (1982 Royal Television Award) in the "And the Band Played On" (1993 Cable Ace Award), about the origins of AIDS, and a short spell in UK's longest-running soap "Coronation Street" (2005).

Born and raised in the north of England, McKellen attended Cambridge University and since 1961 has worked non-stop in the British theatre. He has been leading man and produced plays, modern and classic, for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain and in the West End of London. He has won Olivier Awards for "Macbeth"(1976-78); "The Alchemist"(1977); "Bent" (1979); "Wild Honey"(1984) and "Richard III"(1990): plus Evening Standard Awards for his performances in "Coriolanus"(1984) and "Othello" (1989) and for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre (2009).

In 1981, McKellen won every available award, including a Tony for Best Actor, as Salieri in the Broadway production of Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus." He appeared on the New York stage in "Dance of Death" (2001) with Helen Mirren. For over a decade, he toured his solo entertainment "Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare" throughout four continents; the DVD of the show is widely viewed in schools and universities.

McKellen astonished his fans as Widow Twankey in the Christmas pantomime at the Old Vic in London (2004 and 2005) and in "Waiting for Godot" (2009), with Patrick Stewart, he broke all box-office records in London and on UK and world tours. McKellen and Stewart recently reunited for their Broadway repertory productions of Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" and "Waiting for Godot."

In 1991 McKellen was knighted, for his outstanding contribution to theatre. He is co-founder of Stonewall UK, which lobbies for legal and social equality for gay people. In 2008, the Queen personally appointed him Companion of Honour for his services to drama and to equality.

Complete professional credits and personal writings are on www.mckellen.com.

Movies For: Ian McKellen
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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (PG-13) On Video: 10/14/2014 At Theaters: 5/23/2014
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (PG-13) On Video: 4/8/2014 At Theaters: 12/13/2013
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG-13) On Video: 3/19/2013 At Theaters: 12/14/2012
FLUSHED AWAY (G) On Video: 2/20/2007 At Theaters: 11/3/2006
THE DAVINCI CODE (PG-13) On Video: 11/14/2006 At Theaters: 5/19/2006
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (PG-13) On Video: 10/3/2006 At Theaters: 5/26/2006
LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING (PG-13) On Video: 5/25/2004 At Theaters: 12/17/2003
X-MEN 2 (PG-13) On Video: 11/25/2003 At Theaters: 5/2/2003
THE LORD OF THE RINGS:
THE TWO TOWERS
(PG-13)
On Video: 8/26/2003 At Theaters: 12/18/2002
X-MEN (PG-13) On Video: 11/21/2000 At Theaters: 7/14/2000
APT PUPIL (R) On Video: 4/20/1999 At Theaters: 10/23/1998
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