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Ian McKellen

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Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. With a career spanning over six decades, he is noted for his roles on the screen and stage in genres ranging from Shakespearean dramas and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is regarded as a British cultural icon and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ian McKellen has received more than 18,581,171 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Ian McKellen is the 51st most popular actor (down from 45th in 2019), the 101st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 90th in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Actor.

Ian McKellen is most famous for playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies.

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  • 19M

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  • 74.80

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 74

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.06

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.44

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among actors, Ian McKellen ranks 51 out of 9,996Before him are Debbie Reynolds, Ingrid Bergman, Gina Lollobrigida, Marcello Mastroianni, Nicolas Cage, and Jean Reno. After him are Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Taylor, Catherine Deneuve, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Hepburn, and Omar Sharif.

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Among people born in 1939, Ian McKellen ranks 3Before him are Terence Hill and Tina Turner. After him are Stanislav Petrov, Ali Khamenei, Francis Ford Coppola, Lee Harvey Oswald, Amanda Lear, Amos Oz, George Lazenby, Harvey Keitel, and Margaret Atwood.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Ian McKellen ranks 101 out of 7,765Before him are Jane Seymour (1508), George V (1865), William Harvey (1578), Paul McCartney (1942), Henry VI of England (1421), and George Stephenson (1781). After him are Charlotte Brontë (1816), Liam Neeson (1952), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Diana, Princess of Wales (1961), Edward VII (1841), and Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Ian McKellen ranks 8Before him are Anthony Hopkins (1937), Sean Connery (1930), Richard Burton (1925), Roger Moore (1927), Maggie Smith (1934), and Alan Rickman (1946). After him are Liam Neeson (1952), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Rowan Atkinson (1955), Cary Grant (1904), Christopher Lee (1922), and Michael Caine (1933).

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