Ian McKellen

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Sir Ian McKellen
CH Kt CBE

McKellen at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013.
Born Ian Murray McKellen
25 May 1939 (1939-05-25) (age 74)[1]
Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959–present
Partner Brian Taylor (1964–1972)
Sean Mathias (1978–1988)
Website
www.mckellen.com

Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CBE, CH (born 25 May 1939) is a highly acclaimed English actor for both theatre and movies. He got a Tony Award and two Oscar nominations.

He was born in Burnley, Lancashire. His work has spanned genres from serious Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction movies.

Best known for his roles as Gandalf in the 2001-2003 Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, as Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code, and as Magneto in the X-Men series of movies. He is openly gay and is a prominent activist for the rights of LGBT people.

He was made a CBE in 1979 and knighted in 1990 for his outstanding work and contributions to the theatre. In 2008 he was made a Companion of Honour.

McKellen said in 2012 that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006.[2]

McKellen once signed an autograph to a fan stating “F*** off, I’m gay.” The person given the autograph was politician Michael Howard.[3]

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  1. "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.) (1208): p. 21. May 25, 2012.
  2. Ian McKellen is battling prostate cancer
  3. "In 1988 Ian McKellen left an autograph for Michael Howard children with words “F*** off, I’m gay.”". http://historianbook.com/in-1988-ian-mckellen-left-an-autograph-for-michael-howard-children-with-words-fuck-off-im-gay/. Retrieved 24 September 2013.

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