|Birthname||Ian Murray McKellen|
|born on||25 May 1939 at 21:30 (= 9:30 PM )|
|Place||Burnley, England, 53n48, 2w14|
|Timezone||GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||03°44' 02°10 Asc. 07°04'|
British actor, an Oscar nominee in 1999 for his role in "Gods and Monsters." One of the theater's finest classical actors, he began performing in college and in 1961, rapidly established his reputation on stage. His one-man play was a tour-de-force, "Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare." His powerful performance of Salieri in the Broadway production of "Amadeus" earned him a Tony in 1981.
An early fascination with theater was encouraged by his family. When he was three, he was taken to see "Peter Pan" and when seven, he had a toy Victorian theater complete with cutout actors on wire to move about. His sisters took him to see his first Shakespeare. McKellen graduated from Cambridge with a B.A. in 1961. Though he had not attended drama school, he had played in 21 undergraduate performances. His first professional play was a small role in Belgrade Theatre Coventry's production of "A Man For All Seasons."
After a successful run on the British stage and Broadway, he firmly established the stage as his medium. His early sorties into the film genre were with Shakespeare works. In 1989 he had a supporting role in "Scandal" and four years later played in Schwarzenegger's "Last Action Hero." His appearances have been remarkable in such films as "Six Degrees of Separation," 1993 and "Love and Death on Long Island," 1998.
Openly gay, he has been a leading spokesman for gay rights in Britain. In 1990, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He has a riverside terraced house in Limehouse within sight of both Canary Warf and Tower Bridge in London.
Adding to his vast body of work, he once again impressed audiences by his portrayal of Gandalf in the hugely-successfulfilms, the Lord of the RingsTrilogy, directed by Peter Jackson. The three films were released at Christmas time in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
- Work : New Career 1961 (Started his stage performances)
- Social : End a program of study 1961 (B.A. from Cambridge)
- Work : Prize 1981 (Tony Award)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1989 (Appeared in "Scandal")
- Work : Prize 1990 (Knighted by Queen Elizabeth)
- Work : Gain social status 1999 (Oscar nomination)
Data Plus UK Issue 4/1999 quotes his website, data from him. Same data sent by Frederique Boele
- Family : Childhood : Family supportive
- Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
- Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male (Openly gay)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
- Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Preferable, noted actor in legitimate theater)
- Notable : Awards : Knighted
- Notable : Awards : Tony