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  • Ian McKellen

    Born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England

awards & nominations

The Prisoner (2009)

Ian McKellen as "Two"

This reinterpretation of the hit British cult series from the 1960s stars Jim Caviezel as a man trapped in a foreign world without any knowledge of how he got there. As he begins the acclimation process, "Number Six," as he's known, discovers others just like him -- inhabitants identified by numbers and having no memory of any prior life. They're also under constant surveillance. Trusting no one, Six is driven to find the truth behind "The Village," and more importantly how to escape.

Emmy (Primetime) (2010) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Ian McKellen as "Gandolf"

The culmination of nearly 10 years' work and conclusion to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the timeless J.R.R. Tolkien classic, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" presents the final confrontation between the forces of good and evil fighting for control of the future of Middle-earth. Hobbits Frodo and Sam reach Mordor in their quest to destroy the `one ring', while Aragorn leads the forces of good against Sauron's evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Ian McKellen as "Gandalf"

The sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated and AFI Award-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" follows the continuing quest of Frodo (Elijah Wood) and the Fellowship to destroy the One Ring. Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin) discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), the Elf archer Legolas and Gimli the Dwarf encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom, whose once great King Theoden has fallen under Saruman's deadly spell.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Ian McKellen as "Gandalf"

The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces are unrelenting in their search for it. But fate has placed it in the hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who inherits the Ring and steps into legend. A daunting task lies ahead for Frodo when he becomes the Ringbearer - to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged.

Academy Award (2001) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2001) Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Gods and Monsters (1998)

Ian McKellen as "James Whale"

Once a powerful Hollywood director best known for "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein," James Whale (Ian McKellen) is long since retired and in increasingly poor health. His stalwart housekeeper, Hanna (Lynn Redgrave), quietly disapproves of Whale's faceless, nameless parade of young gay lovers, but when the director takes an interest in new gardener Clayton Boone, a former Marine and Korean War veteran, it seems to be for something more than his usual casual conquest.

Academy Award (1998) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1998) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

And the Band Played On (1993)

Ian McKellen as "Bill Kraus"

In 1981, epidemiologist Don Francis (Matthew Modine) learns of an increased rate of death among gay men in urban areas. The startling information leads him to begin investigating the outbreak, which is ultimately identified as AIDS. His journey finds mostly opposition from politicians and doctors, but several join him in his cause. As it becomes apparent that people have personal reasons to turn the other cheek, Francis persists. Meanwhile, the number of deaths continues to grow.

Emmy (Primetime) (1994) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

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