Ian McKellen

Actor Ian McKellen Full Name: Ian McKellen
Nationality: British

Profession: Actor
Why Famous: Considered one of the greatest British actors of all time; recipient of six Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe, two Academy Award nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy nominations. His notable film roles include Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Magneto in the X-Men films, and Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code.

Born: May 25, 1939 (78 years old)
Star Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Burnley, Lancashire, England

Historical Events in the Life of Ian McKellen

  • 2001-12-10 "The Fellowship of the Ring" Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in London
  • 2002-12-05 "The Two Towers" 2nd Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in New York
  • 2003-12-01 "The Return of the King", 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2011-01-10 Ian McKellen officially confirms that he will reprise the role of Gandalf in "The Hobbit" film adaptations
  • 2012-11-28 "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" 1st of the Hobbit film series, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2013-12-02 "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug", 2nd film in the Hobbit series, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in Los Angeles
  • 2014-06-18 Ian McKellen is awarded an honorary degree by Cambridge University, becoming a Doctor of Letters
  • 2014-12-01 "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies", 3rd and final Hobbit film, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in London

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