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"Oh, God. That's a joke to everybody. Even to "The Simpsons". It's their favorite movie! You know, in all truth, that was a filmmaker who was being backed by his father, who had a ton of money, and just pissed it up against the wall. I remember it was a fairly good story to start off with, which was about ex-vets having to get rid of their shame of being survivors, I think. You know, when their friends are lost? And by the time we got it, they had rewritten the script from an A-minus to a C-minus script. God, I just have nothing good to say about that film. Absolutely nothing. Other than that the filmmaker, thank God, will never make films again. He ended up going back to restoring vintage racing cars on his father's chit. And you can put all that in there. I don't say anything in interviews that I wouldn't say to somebody's face."
  — Michael Ironside on McBain


Frederick Reginald Ironside (born February 12, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a noted Canadian character actor who has made a strong and indelible impression with his often incredibly intense and explosive portrayals of fearsome villains throughout the years. Ironside was a successful arm wrestler in his teenage years. His initial ambition was to be a writer. At age fifteen, Michael wrote a play called "The Shelter" that won first prize in a Canada-wide university contest; He used the prize money to mount a production of this play. Ironside attended the Ontario College of Art, took acting lessons from Janine Manatis, and studied for three years at the Canadian National Film Board. Ironside worked in construction as a roofer prior to embarking on an acting career.

Ironside's film roles include: Scanners, Visiting Hours (with William Shatner), The Falcon and the Snowman, Top Gun (with Tom Cruise), Extreme Prejudice, Dean Koontz's Watchers, Total Recall (with Arnold Schwarzenegger), Highlander II: The Quickening (with Christopher Lambert), Chaindance, McBain, Neon City, Killer Image, Guncrazy, Free Willy, Father Hood (with Patrick Swayze and Halle Berry), The Glass Shield, Major Payne, Starship Troopers, Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, The Perfect Storm (with George Clooney), The Machinist (with Christian Bale), Reeker, Guy X, Terminator: Salvation (again with Bale), Hardwired (with Val Kilmer), Lake Placid 3, X-Men: First Class and A Fighting Man.

Ironside's recurring television roles include: "V" and it's spin-off series "V: The Final Battle", "SeaQuest 2032" (with Roy Scheider), the '90s "Superman" animated series, "ER" (again with Clooney), "Walker, Texas Ranger" (with Chuck Norris), "Justice League", "Wolverine and the X-Men", "Smallville", "Vegas" (with Dennis Quaid and Carrie-Anne Moss) and "Transformers Prime".


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