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Sir Ian McKellen

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McKellen at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013.
Ian Murray McKellen

25 May 1939 (1939-05-25) (age 82)
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959–present
Partner(s) Brian Taylor (1964–1972)
Sean Mathias (1978–1988)

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

He was born in Burnley, Lancashire. In 1939, he moved to Wigan. In 1951, he moved to Bolton.

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.


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