You shall not pass!Sir Ian Murray McKellen CBE (born May 25, 1939) is a Shakespearean actor, widely known for his roles as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, and Magneto in X-Men (get over it◊), as well as the title character in his 1995 Setting Update adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III. He also lent his voice to a certain polar bear, and the Great Intelligence in the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special. He starred with Derek Jacobi in a series called Vicious, a gay Dom Com about a long-partnered male couple.He's also openly gay and an ardent supporter of gay rights (averting Nobody Over 50 Is Gay), advocating it to the exclusion of other causes. He came out to the public in a BBC radio interview when the British government tried to push through Section 28, a law that would have prohibited schools from even mentioning homosexuality in any sort of context to students. He notes that, although he'd been out to family, friends, and coworkers, coming out to the general public made him realize that he could suddenly access a new depth of emotion in his acting.He's also authorized to perform marriages, as he officiated the September 2013 wedding of his friend Patrick Stewart to Sunny Ozell.
—Gandalf the Grey
- 2017 Beauty and the Beast as Cogsworth
- 2015 Mr. Holmes as Sherlock Holmes
- 2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as Gandalf
- 2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past as Magneto
- 2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as Gandalf
- 2013 The Wolverine as Magneto
- 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as Gandalf
- 2007 The Golden Compass as Iorek Byrnison (voice)
- 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand as Magneto
- 2006 The Da Vinci Code as Sir Leigh Teabing
- 2005 Neverwas as Gabriel Finch
- 2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as Gandalf
- 2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as Gandalf
- 2002 X2: X-Men United as Magneto
- 2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as Gandalf
- 2000 X-Men as Magneto
- 1998 Apt Pupil as Kurt Dussander
- 1998 Gods And Monsters as James Whale
- 1996 Rasputin as Czar Nicholas II
- 1995 Richard III as Richard III
- 1994 The Shadow as Dr. Reinhardt Lane
- 1993 Last Action Hero as Death
- 1983 The Keep as Dr. Theodore Cuza
- Actor Allusion: His appearance on Have I Got News for You had constant references to his role in The Lord of the Rings.
- Badass Gay: Not only he stands out for the gay right, he's Gandalf and Magneto, get over it.
- Cannot Spit It Out / Twice Shy: Closest trope to his relationship with Derek Jacobi while both were at Cambridge: by his own admission, he had a crush on Jacobi (who was in his class) that was "unexpressed and unrequited". Jacobi later said that he himself had a crush on McKellen.
- Cool Old Guy: Only someone as cool as Ian McKellen could pull off roles like Gandalf and Magneto. Also, he's One of Us and by his own admission, just loves and can't stop singing George Ezra!
- Deadpan Snarker: In the classic British fashion. His friends and coworkers all attest that he has an extremely dry sense of humor.
- Enforced Method Acting: He hosted Saturday Night Live, and in one sketch played Dame Maggie Smith, being interviewed on Weekend Update. At one point he asked Jimmy Fallon, "Kiss for luck?" Fallon leaned over, clearly expecting a peck on the cheek. Ian grabbed him and gave him an open-mouthed smooch right on the lips, leaving Fallon visibly stunned. It was hilarious.
- Everybody Knew Already: Or at least the first member of his family he came out to (his stepmother, both his biological parents sadly died before he was ready to come out) not only did not reject him in the slightest (nor did any of his family) she told him she'd known for years. As mentioned in this interview.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Patrick Stewart (if you discount the "heterosexual" part as regards McKellen). No doubt this helped them sell the "friendly" part of the Friendly Enemy relationship of Professor X and Magneto.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Even before McKellen was cast as Magneto, various versions of the X-Men in different media had contained a significant amount of Foe Yay, occasionally bordering on regular Ho Yay, between Magneto and Xavier.
- Is This Thing Still On?: During the filming of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, he had to spend hours in a box with nothing but a microphone and pictures of the dwarves for company (the footage would be edited in to make him look taller than the dwarves), and was so upset by this that he exclaimed "This is not why I became an actor!" The microphone was still on and everyone on set heard him as a result.
- Large Ham: Just check him giving instructions on changing a flat tire.
- One of Us: This little gem.
- Meta Casting: In Gods And Monsters, he played James Whale, the director of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, who was homosexual.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: He apparently grew very enamoured with Cate Blanchett on the set of The Hobbit. Maybe a case of If Its You Its OK?"Her husband doesn't know but she and I are going to get married quite soon. Which will surprise a lot of people."
- Those Two Guys: With Sylvester McCoy. They first worked togethered in King Lear and then in The Hobbit.