Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK) is an English actor who is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards. He has also received two Academy Award nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy Award nominations. McKellen's work spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. His notable film roles include Gandalf in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and Magneto in the X-Men comic book film franchise. Additional film credits include: Plenty (with Sam Neill), Last Action Hero (with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura), Six Degrees of Separation (with Will Smith), I'll Do Anything (with Nick Nolte), the 1995 version of Richard III (with Robert Downey Jr. and Dominic West), Restoration (also with RDJr. and Neill), Bent (with Clive Owen), Gods and Monsters, Bryan Singer's adaptation of Stephen King's Apt Pupil and voice-over work in various films and animations including The Golden Compass (with Daniel Craig) and Flushed Away (with Hugh Jackman, Jean Reno and Andy Serkis).

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