McKellen, Sir Ian

▪ British actor
in full  Sir Ian Murray McKellen 
born May 25, 1939, Burnley, Lancashire, England
 
 British actor of great versatility, noted for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

      McKellen attended St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, where as a student actor he was often directed by John Barton, later of the Royal Shakespeare Company. After receiving a bachelor's degree in 1961, McKellen made his professional debut in Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons. Acting steadily throughout the 1960s, McKellen won both popular and critical acclaim in his performances as both William Shakespeare's Richard II and Christopher Marlowe's Edward II for the 1969 Edinburgh Festival. In 1971 he cofounded the Actors' Company, a collective of actors who had equal say in the choosing and casting of plays and in the recruiting of directors. He left the group in 1974 to join the Royal Shakespeare Company at the invitation of Barton.

      A versatile actor, McKellen played a range of characters from Shakespearean to contemporary, and many roles (in plays by such authors as Anton Chekhov, Frank Wedekind, and others) in between. Though his interpretations were frequently controversial, his immense talent for acting was unquestionable. He also directed several plays, wrote and performed a one-man show called Acting Shakespeare, and appeared in a number of motion pictures, notably a film version of David Hare's Plenty (1985) and, as director James Whale, Gods and Monsters (1998). He played Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002, 2003), a three-part film based on J.R.R. Tolkien (Tolkien, J.R.R.)'s epic fantasy. McKellen became a Commander of the British Empire in 1979, was knighted in 1991, and was named to the Order of the Companions of Honour in 2007.

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