Creator / Ian McKellen

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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.





Alternative Title(s): Ian Mc Kellen