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Ian McKellen
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Trivia

He was knighted in 1989.

He played the vampire in the video for "Heart" by the Pet Shop Boys.

Originated the role of Antonio Saleri in the Broadway production of "Amadeus."

Is openly gay.

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

Brilliant Shakespearean actor who has made occasional forays into the film world, starting with roles in 1969's The Promise, Alfred the Great and Thank You All Very Much McKellen studied English literature at Cambridge University and acted in 21 undergraduate theatrical productions before performing in repertory companies and eventually gaining a reputation for his bold, emotionally powerful portrayals of characters ranging from Richard II to Napoleon to Hamlet. His film career resumed with 1981's Priest of Love (as D. H. Lawrence), The Keep (1983), Plenty, Zina (both 1985), and probably his most notable role, as Cabinet Minister John Profumo in Scandal (1989). Recently, McKellen has been very busy with projects big and small like The Ballad of Little Jo (1993, in an uncharacteristic Western frontier setting), Last Action Hero (also 1993, as Death), Six Degrees of Separation (also 1993), and The Shadow (1994). A fervent gay rights spokesman, McKellen also played San Francisco gay activist Bill Kraus in the 1993 TV movie And the Band Played On His numerous stage credits include the world premiere of "Bent," "Amadeus" (for which he won a 1981 Tony), and his celebrated one-man show "Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare." He was knighted in 1991.

Ian McKellen stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
Six Degrees of Separation 1993 Showcase North Haven ***
Last Action Hero 1993 With Adam Bomb
I'll Do Anything 1994 Showcase North Haven * 1/2
X-Men 2000 At Branford Hoyts w/ Peter C. , Marty and Ryan Digital ** 1/2
The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 w/ 11 others at Showcase North Haven DVD *** 1/2
The Two Towers 2002 w/ 15 other at Showcase North Haven DVD ***
X2 2003 w/ Suzy on DVD Digital ** 1/2
The Return of the King 2003 w/ 18 others at Showcase North Haven on opening night ***
Neverwas 2005 Kids on DVD ** 1/2
The Da Vinci Code 2006 w/ Suzy at Hoyts Branford Digital ***
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 Digital *
Stardust 2007 Family on DVD Digital *** 1/2
The Golden Compass 2007 Suzy and Hanna Digital ***
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 Family, Kannams and Ben ***
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 Suzy, Hanna, Shoemaker and Kannam Families at Middletown Destina ***
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 Opening night with Suzy, Hanna, Thomas and Tom Kannam, Dad and Cheryl, Philippe Perez and Hugh McCutchen **
X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 Hanna Digital ***
Mr. Holmes 2015 Suzy, Hanna, Leah, Anne, Dad and Cheryl in Middletown ***
Beauty and the Beast 2017 Hanna at Middletown *** 1/2