Ian McKellen

1939 - Today

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Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. His career spans six decades, having performed in genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. Over his career he has received numerous awards including seven Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ian McKellen has received more than 14,236,411 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Ian McKellen is the 45th most popular actor (up from 59th in 2019), the 91st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 116th in 2019) and the 7th 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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  • 14M

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  • 81.20

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  • 72

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  • 7.44

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  • 4.20

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Among actors, Ian McKellen ranks 45 out of 10,030Before him are Charles Bronson, Michael Douglas, Vivien Leigh, Ingrid Bergman, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Roger Moore. After him are Chuck Norris, Louis de Funès, Harrison Ford, Maggie Smith, Greta Garbo, and Christopher Lee.

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Among people born in 1939, Ian McKellen ranks 3Before him are Terence Hill and Tina Turner. After him are Francis Ford Coppola, Ali Khamenei, Lee Harvey Oswald, Reuven Rivlin, Stanislav Petrov, Amos Oz, Harvey Keitel, Amanda Lear, and Gro Harlem Brundtland.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Ian McKellen ranks 91 out of 6,924Before him are George Stephenson (1781), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), Emily Brontë (1818), Roger Moore (1927), David Livingstone (1813), and Walter Scott (1771). After him are William Blake (1757), Maggie Smith (1934), Mary Boleyn (1499), J. M. W. Turner (1775), Alex Ferguson (1941), and Christopher Lee (1922).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Ian McKellen ranks 7Before him are Charlie Chaplin (1889), Anthony Hopkins (1937), Sean Connery (1930), Richard Burton (1925), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), and Roger Moore (1927). After him are Maggie Smith (1934), Christopher Lee (1922), Michael Caine (1933), Alan Rickman (1946), Liam Neeson (1952), and Judi Dench (1934).

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