Ian McKellen

Highest Rated:
100% And the Band Played On (1993)
Lowest Rated:
8% Doogal (2006)
Birthday:
May 25
Birthplace:
Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK
Bio:
Widely considered one of the leading British actors of his generation, Ian McKellen has had a rich and varied career encompassing the stage, screen, and television. A renowned stage actor in his native Britain for decades, McKellen was not familiar to most American audiences until the '90s, when he…

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Filmography


MOVIES   

Rating Title Credit Box Office Year
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Erik Lensherr/Magneto
$233.8M 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies
  • Gandalf
-- 2014
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
  • Gandalf
$258.4M 2013
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Gandalf
$303.0M 2012
Acting Shakespeare
  • Actor
-- 2010
A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation
  • Actor
-- 2010
Prisoner
  • Two
-- 2009
King Lear
  • Actor
-- 2008
Country Matters
  • Actor
-- 2008
Displaced
  • Voice Artist
-- 2007
42% The Golden Compass
  • Iorek Byrnison
$70.1M 2007
76% Stardust
  • Narrator
$38.2M 2007
58% X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto
$234.2M 2006
The Secret Policeman's Ball
  • Actor
-- 2006
72% Flushed Away
  • The Toad
$64.5M 2006
84% Saint of 9/11
  • Narrator
-- 2006
Eighteen
  • Actor
-- 2006
Displaced
  • Actor
-- 2006
25% The Da Vinci Code
  • Sir Leigh Teabing
$217.5M 2006
8% Doogal
  • Zebedee (UK)
$7.3M 2006
14% Neverwas
  • Gabriel
-- 2005
Luciano Pavarotti: The Last Tenor
  • Narrator
-- 2005
36% Asylum
  • Dr. Peter Cleave
$0.3M 2005
57% Emile
  • Emile
-- 2005
Ringers - Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
-- 2005
60% The Magic Roundabout (Doogal)
  • Actor
-- 2005
Eighteen
  • Actor
-- 2004
Ringers: Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
-- 2004
The Hobart Shakespeareans
  • Actor
-- 2004
Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Rings & Two Towers (Double Bill)
  • Actor
-- 2003
94% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Gandalf
$377.0M 2003
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended)
  • Actor
-- 2003
87% X2: X-Men United
  • Magneto
$214.8M 2003
Special Extended Edition The Lord Of The Rings: The Trilogy
  • Actor
-- 2003
Charles Dickens
  • Actor
-- 2003
Special Extended Edition The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
  • Actor
-- 2003
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Gandalf
$340.5M 2002
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended)
  • Actor
-- 2002
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended)
  • Actor
-- 2001
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Gandalf
$313.8M 2001
45% Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man
  • Narrator
$13.4M 2000
82% X-Men
  • Magneto
$156.2M 2000
David Copperfield
  • Mr. Creakle
-- 1999
53% Apt Pupil
  • Kurt Dussander
-- 1998
96% Gods and Monsters
  • James Whale
-- 1998
28% Swept From The Sea
  • Dr. James Kennedy
-- 1998
67% Bent
  • Uncle Freddie
-- 1997
69% Restoration
  • Will Gates
-- 1996
Rasputin
  • Nicholas II
-- 1996
85% Cold Comfort Farm
  • Amos Starkadder
-- 1996
75% Jack and Sarah
  • William The Tramp
-- 1996
Thin Ice
  • Himself
-- 1995
96% Richard III
  • Richard III
  • Screenwriter
-- 1995
Stonewall 25 - Global Voices of Pride & Protest
  • Actor
-- 1994
61% I'll Do Anything
  • John Earl McAlpine
-- 1994
35% The Shadow
  • Dr. Reinhardt Lane
-- 1994
38% Last Action Hero
  • Death
-- 1993
100% And the Band Played On
  • Bill Kraus
-- 1993
86% The Ballad of Little Jo
  • Percy Corcoran
-- 1993
88% Six Degrees of Separation
  • Geoffrey
-- 1993
91% Scandal
  • John Profumo
-- 1989
Countdown to War
  • Adolf Hitler
-- 1989
Windmills of the Gods
  • Chairman
-- 1988
Suleyman the Magnificent
  • Narrator
-- 1987
Loving Walter
  • Walter
-- 1986
Saturday Night Live - The Best of Jon Lovitz
  • Actor
-- 1985
71% Plenty
  • Sir Andrew Charleson
-- 1985
31% The Keep
  • Dr. Cuza
-- 1983
Loving Walter
  • Walter
-- 1982
The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Chauvelin
-- 1982
Priest Of Love
  • D.H. Lawrence
-- 1981
A Performance of Macbeth
  • Macbeth
-- 1978
Country Matters
  • Actor
-- 1972
Edward II
  • Actor
-- 1970
Alfred the Great
  • Roger
-- 1969
A Touch of Love (Thank You All Very Much)
  • George
-- 1969


TV SERIES   

Rating Title Credit Year
80% Vicious
2013
  • Freddie Thornhill
2013 - 2014
Great Performances
2000-2014
  • Actor
  • King Lear
2009 - 2014
91% Doctor Who
2012-2014
  • Voice of the Snowman
2012
18% The Prisoner
2009
  • Two
2009
Masterpiece
  • Mr. Creakle
2000

Ian McKellen Trivia

Ian McKellen wore a prosthetic nose for all scenes he filmed as "Gandalf" in the Lord of the Rings movies.
- submitted by Andy H (4 years ago)

Quotes from Ian McKellen's Characters

    1. The Toad: It's obvious I never should have sent rodents to do an amphibian's job.
    From Flushed Away. Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
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