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

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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

Ian McKellen in the news

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Ian McKellen Is Adorable as an Old Sherlock Holmes in 'Mr. Holmes' (VIDEO)

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Feb 6th 2015, 8:30AM

Feb 6th 2015, 8:30AM

Ian McKellen Has Some Great Advice for Young Students

Posted by
Jesse Ferreras on Oct 17th 2014, 3:31PM

Oct 17th 2014, 3:31PM

Patrick Stewart's Response to Being 'Outed' Is Charming, of Course

Posted by
Katie Roberts on Feb 20th 2014, 11:15AM

Feb 20th 2014, 11:15AM

Ian McKellen Surprises Fans at Midnight Screening of 'Desolation of Smaug' (VIDEO)

Posted by
Katie Roberts on Dec 17th 2013, 12:00PM

Dec 17th 2013, 12:00PM

'X-Men' Kind of Confuses Ian McKellen

Posted by
Kelly Woo on Dec 6th 2013, 12:00PM

Dec 6th 2013, 12:00PM

Sir Ian McKellen's 'Godot' Costume Is Accidentally Effective

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Nov 13th 2013, 8:15AM

Nov 13th 2013, 8:15AM

Patrick Stewart Divulges Weddings Details, Shares Photo

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Sep 18th 2013, 6:38AM

Sep 18th 2013, 6:38AM

Ian McKellen Officiated Patrick Stewart's Wedding

Posted by
Laura Larson on Sep 9th 2013, 5:30AM

Sep 9th 2013, 5:30AM

Ian McKellen to Play Retired Sherlock Holmes in 'A Slight Trick of the Mind'

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Sep 5th 2013, 8:30AM

Sep 5th 2013, 8:30AM

'The Hobbit': Ian McKellen Films His Last Scene as Gandalf (PHOTO)

Posted by
Dana Taddeo on Jun 28th 2013, 1:00PM

Jun 28th 2013, 1:00PM

25 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'

Posted by
Gary Susman on Dec 19th 2011, 9:00AM

Dec 19th 2011, 9:00AM

First Three Images From 'The Hobbit'

Posted by
Aiden Redmond on Jun 23rd 2011, 9:00AM

Jun 23rd 2011, 9:00AM

'X-Men: First Class' Review: Setting the Bar for a Superhero Summer

Posted by
Aiden Redmond on Jun 3rd 2011, 1:00PM

Jun 3rd 2011, 1:00PM

Early Edition: Seniors Fight Zombies; Stephen Fry Joins 'The Hobbit'; More

Posted by
Harley W. Lond on May 19th 2011, 4:00AM

May 19th 2011, 4:00AM

Behind the Scenes of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit': Ian McKellen, Dwarves and More

Posted by
Moviefone Staff on Apr 15th 2011, 10:15AM

Apr 15th 2011, 10:15AM

Elijah Wood to Reprise Frodo Role in 'The Hobbit'

Posted by
Erik Davis on Jan 7th 2011, 4:50AM

Jan 7th 2011, 4:50AM

Movie News Quick Hits: Latest 'Old Boy' Remake Script Rekindles Studio Interest

Posted by
Peter Hall on Nov 9th 2010, 11:10AM

Nov 9th 2010, 11:10AM

Who're You Calling 'Old'? Senior Citizens Who Kick Ass (in the Movies)

Posted by
Sharon Knolle on Oct 14th 2010, 12:20PM

Oct 14th 2010, 12:20PM

Is 'The Hobbit' Cursed? Peter Jackson Threatens to Move Production Over Union Woes

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Sep 27th 2010, 7:35AM

Sep 27th 2010, 7:35AM

Moviefone Minute: Send MGM Your Pennies or Ian McKellan Might Lose the Wizard Hat

Posted by
Jenna Busch on Jul 7th 2010, 5:00AM

Jul 7th 2010, 5:00AM

Ian McKellen Would Rather Wait for 'Godot', Not 'The Hobbit'

Posted by
Alison Nastasi on Jul 5th 2010, 11:45AM

Jul 5th 2010, 11:45AM

Cinematical Late Night: Gore Verbinski, Andy Serkis, 5nal Destination

Posted by
Peter Hall on Jun 29th 2010, 9:55PM

Jun 29th 2010, 9:55PM

Photos From The Hobbit Set Go Online

Posted by
Joe Barton on Jun 17th 2010, 11:38PM

Jun 17th 2010, 11:38PM

Movie Casting: Sam Worthington Eyes 'This Means War'

Posted by
Andrew Scott on Jun 17th 2010, 8:30AM

Jun 17th 2010, 8:30AM

James McAvoy Is Professor X In 'X-Men: First Class'

Posted by
Elisabeth Rappe on May 27th 2010, 4:30PM

May 27th 2010, 4:30PM

From Cash-To-'Clash': Sam Worthington Goes For The Year Trifecta

Posted by
Erik Childress on Mar 30th 2010, 5:32PM

Mar 30th 2010, 5:32PM

Free Flick of the Day: Cold Comfort Farm

Posted by
Jette Kernion on Jan 19th 2010, 1:02PM

Jan 19th 2010, 1:02PM

'The Hobbit' Casting: Peter Jackson Reveals Which 'Lord of the Rings' Actors Will Return

Posted by
Sharon Knolle on Dec 9th 2009, 8:00AM

Dec 9th 2009, 8:00AM

'The Hobbit' Begins Casting This Week

Posted by
Elisabeth Rappe on Dec 8th 2009, 4:48AM

Dec 8th 2009, 4:48AM

Free Movie of the Day: 'Cold Comfort Farm'

Posted by
Allyssa Lee on Dec 4th 2009, 7:58AM

Dec 4th 2009, 7:58AM

Ian McKellen Suffers 'The View' Stupidity with Grace and Wit

Posted by
Monika Bartyzel on Nov 7th 2009, 6:02AM

Nov 7th 2009, 6:02AM

Ian McKellen's Take on 'The Hobbit' Scripts

Posted by
Monika Bartyzel on Nov 3rd 2009, 11:00AM

Nov 3rd 2009, 11:00AM

Villains Too Charismatic For Their Own Good

Posted by
Jessica Barnes on Oct 9th 2009, 5:30PM

Oct 9th 2009, 5:30PM

'Hancock' Sequel Takes Off, Banks Teams With Crowe: Movie News for 8/25

Posted by
Thomas DiChiara on Aug 25th 2009, 8:00AM

Aug 25th 2009, 8:00AM

News Bites: More on the Cheadle/Howard Switch, Some Bruno, and a Little Godot

Posted by
Monika Bartyzel on Nov 3rd 2008, 7:03AM

Nov 3rd 2008, 7:03AM

To Nude, or Not to Nude -- McKellen's Lear Heads to PBS

Posted by
Monika Bartyzel on Jul 14th 2008, 4:35PM

Jul 14th 2008, 4:35PM

Cinematical Seven: The Best Superhero (and Villain) Casting

Posted by
Eugene Novikov on Jun 12th 2008, 6:32PM

Jun 12th 2008, 6:32PM

Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, and Ian McKellen All In 'Hobbit' Talks

Posted by
Elisabeth Rappe on May 21st 2008, 5:32AM

May 21st 2008, 5:32AM

Yay! Sir Ian McKellen Confirms Gandalf's Return In 'The Hobbit'!

Posted by
Elisabeth Rappe on Apr 30th 2008, 5:15AM

Apr 30th 2008, 5:15AM

Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis on Board for 'The Hobbit', at Least in Theory

Posted by
Eugene Novikov on Apr 28th 2008, 5:02AM

Apr 28th 2008, 5:02AM


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