On the 25th of May, Sir Ian McKellen celebrates his birthday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIR IAN MCKELLEN!
Ian Murray McKellen was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, on May 25, 1939.
Although he played on big and little screen from the mid-sixties, Ian McKellen's big breakthrough to the movies began in 1990s.
In 1993, McKellen played a supporting role as a South African tycoon in Six Degrees of Separation. The same year, he appeared in the television movie And the Band Played On (1993), about the AIDS epidemic, for which he garnered an Emmy Award nomination.
In 2000, he starred in the first of several X-Men movies as the villain Magneto, a role that he will reprise couple more times.
McKellen then portrayed Gandalf in Peter Jackson's trilogy The Lord of the Rings. For his work in the film series he received the Screen Actors Guild Award for best supporting actor, as well as an Academy Award nomination. McKellen agreed to reprise the role in Jackson's follow-up trilogy, The Hobbit.
McKellen is a prominent gay rights activist. He announced that he is a gay for the first time on BBC Radio in 1988, although he had come out in his personal and professional lives decades earlier.
Today, Sir McKellen is 79 years old, and he is not quitting acting any time soon!