Knowledge Identifier: +Ian_McKellen
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1939.
Countries: United Kingdom (55%), United States (28%), (7%)
Linked to: Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bolton School, University of Cambridge
Frank Middlemass - During the 1960s, he toured with Ian McKellen's Actors' Company and performed at the Nottingham Playhouse
McKellen and his first serious partner, Brian Taylor, a history teacher from Bolton, began their relationship in 1964.
In 1965 he was a member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, which led to rôles at the Chichester Festival.
McKellen had taken film roles throughout his career beginning in 1969 with his role of George Matthews in A Touch of Love, but it was not until the 1990s that he became more widely recognised in this medium, through several roles in blockbuster Hollywood films.
Richard Cottrell - Cottrell was instrumental in the career of Ian McKellen, inviting him to star in, and directing him in, his acclaimed "Richard II" in 1969
Sean Mathias - He has had a notable professional partnership with actor and former lover Sir Ian McKellen since the late 1970s
Jack Shepherd (actor) - In 1972 he was a co-founder member, with Ian McKellen and Edward Petherbridge, of the democratically run Actors' Company, playing Vasques in "'Tis Pity She's a Whore", Inspector of Police in "Ruling the Roost" and Okano in "The Three Arrows" at the Arts, Cambridge in October 1972
David Schwimmer - In 1979, Schwimmer went to a Shakespeare workshop given by English actor Ian McKellen in Los Angeles
Kellen became a well-known figure in British theatre, performing frequently at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, where he played several leading Shakespearean roles, including the titular part in Macbeth (which he had first assayed for Trevor Nunn in a "gripping.
Irene Worth - In 1984, Peter Hall invited her to return to the National Theatre to play Volumnia in "Coriolanus", with Ian McKellen in the title role
Bille Brown - In New York City, Brown made his Broadway debut as an actor in 1986 in Michael Frayn's "Wild Honey" with Ian McKellen, directed by Christopher Morahan, and as a playwright with his adaptation of a benefit performance of "A Christmas Carol" in 1985, featuring Helen Hayes, Len Cariou as Scrooge, MacIntyre Dixon, Celeste Holm, Raul Julia, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Harold Scott, Carole Shelley, and Fritz Weaver, directed by W. Stuart McDowell
Kellen claimed that when he visited Michael Howard, Environment Secretary, in 1988 to lobby against Section 28, Howard refused to change his position but did ask him to leave an autograph for his children.
Peregrine Worsthorne - At the time of the debate over Section 28 in January 1988 he appeared on BBC Radio Three's "Third Ear" programme and persistently referred to gay men as "them", which caused the other interviewee, Ian McKellen to come out by saying, "I'm one of them myself"
John Profumo - Profumo maintained complete public silence about the matter for the rest of his life, even when the 1989 film "Scandal" - in which he was played by Ian McKellen - and the publication of Keeler's memoirs revived public interest in the affair
Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - One of the organisation's publications in 1990 was the video 'Parents Talking' featuring an introduction by Sir Ian McKellen
In 1995, he played the title role in the critical hit Richard III, which transported the setting into an alternative 1930s wherein England is ruled by Fascists.
Stacey Kent - Kent appeared in Ian McKellen's 1995 film version of "Richard III", singing a jazz version of Christopher Marlowe's poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"
Maggie Smith - Other notable roles include the querulous Charlotte Bartlett in the Merchant-Ivory production of "A Room with a View", a vivid supporting turn as the aged Duchess of York in Ian McKellen's film of "Richard III", and a little known but powerful performance as Lila Fisher in the 1973 film "Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing" with Timothy Bottoms
John Caird (director) - He continued to direct plays at the National under the Artistic Directorship of Trevor Nunn with "Peter Pan" in 1997 starring Daniel Evans as Pan and Ian McKellen as Hook and, in the NT Ensemble season of 1999, Bulwer-Lytton's "Money" and his own new version of the Voltaire/Bernstein "Candide", both with Simon Russell Beale and the late Denis Quilley
Jane Hamsher - Subsequently, Hamsher and Murphy co-produced two 1998 films, Brandon Boyce's screen adaptation "Apt Pupil", from the Stephen King "novella", directed by Bryan Singer and starring Ian McKellen, Brad_Renfro, and David Schwimmer, and "Permanent Midnight", adapted by Jerry Stahl and David Veloz from Stahl's autobiographical novel and starring Ben Stiller, Maria Bello, and Elizabeth Hurley; and the 2001 thriller "From Hell", based on Terry Hayes and Rafael Yglesias' adaptation of the graphic novel "From Hell", by Alan Moore and
Noel Coward - A symposium published in 1999 to mark the centenary of Coward's birth listed some of his major productions scheduled for the year in Britain and North America, including "Ace of Clubs, After the Ball, Blithe Spirit, Cavalcade, Easy Virtue, Hay Fever, Present Laughter, Private Lives, Sail Away, A Song at Twilight, The Young Idea" and "Waiting in the Wings", with stars including Lauren Bacall, Rosemary Harris, Ian McKellen, Corin Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave and Elaine Stritch
In 2002, he attended the Academy Awards with his-boyfriend, New Zealander Nick Cuthell possibly a first for a major nominee since Nigel Hawthorne, the first openly gay performer to be nominated for an Academy Award, who attended the ceremonies with his partner, Trevor Bentham, in 1995.
In April and May 2005, he played the role of Mel Hutchwright in Granada Television's long running soap opera, Coronation Street, fulfilling a lifelong ambition.
Gene Robinson - Royal Festival Hall - Robinson did however visit the United Kingdom privately in July 2008, during which he participated in a film screening and question and answer session with Sir Ian McKellen at the Royal Festival Hall, and was invited to preach at St Mary's Putney, events which attracted much media attention
X-Men: First Class - In 2009, Ian McKellen confirmed that he would not be reprising his role as Magneto in the "Origins" movie citing his age, and Shuler Donner stated that the movie might never be made, stating it was "at the back of the queue" in the studio's priorities
Patrick Stewart - In 2009, Stewart appeared alongside Ian McKellen as the lead duo of Vladimir and Estragon , in "Waiting for Godot"
Waiting for Godot - On 30 April 2009, a production with Sir Ian McKellen as Estragon and Sir Patrick Stewart as Vladimir, opened at the Haymarket Theatre in London's West End. Their performances garnered critical acclaim, and were the subject of an eight-part documentary series called "Theatreland", which was produced by Sky Arts
Appears on the Scissor Sisters track "Invisible Light", from their 2010 album "Night Work", reciting a passage regarding the "Invisible Light" of the title.
Sean Mathias - Mathias is co-owner of The Grapes pub along with business partners Ian McKellen and Evgeny Lebedev, since September 2011
Derek Jacobi - In 2013, Jacobi starred with Ian McKellen as a bickering gay couple in the &ITV (ITV_(TV_network)) sitcom "Vicious"
Patrick Stewart - In March 2013, it was reported that Stewart and Ozell are engaged, and Stewart's "X-Men" co-star Ian McKellen will be performing their wedding ceremony
McKellen was awarded an honorary degree by Cambridge University on 18th June 2014, becoming a Doctor of Letters
Tim Arnold (musician) - Arnold subsequently went on to support and work with Amnesty International at live events across the United Kingdom throughout 2017, including the petition hand-in at The Russian Embassy in protest of Chechnya's gay purge, where Arnold performed the song alongside campaigners Sir Ian McKellen, Peter Tatchell and Sir Michael Cashman