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Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes in movie

Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes in movie

TORONTO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- British actor Ian McKellen is to play retired detective Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's film "A Slight Trick of the Mind," The Hollywood Reporter said.
1.6 million-plus view new 'Desolation of Smaug' trailer

1.6 million-plus view new 'Desolation of Smaug' trailer

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- More than 1.6 million people have viewed the trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" since Hollywood's Warner Bros. studio posted it online Tuesday.

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Crudup, Hensley to co-star with McKellen, Stewart on B'way

Crudup, Hensley to co-star with McKellen, Stewart on B'way

NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) -- Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley are to co-star with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in "No Man's Land" and "Waiting for Godot" on Broadway, producers said.

Ian McKellen: Remember Thatcher's anti-gay actions

LONDON, April 17 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher should be remembered for her anti-gay actions, actor Ian McKellen said Tuesday.
Actor Richard Armitage has long history with 'Hobbit'

Actor Richard Armitage has long history with 'Hobbit'

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- Well-known British TV actor Richard Armitage says starring as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit" movies has been a huge milestone in his career.
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McKellen to officiate Stewart's wedding to Ozell

McKellen to officiate Stewart's wedding to Ozell

LONDON, March 19 (UPI) -- Ian McKellen says he plans to officiate at the upcoming wedding of fellow British actor Patrick Stewart and his bride-to-be, jazz singer Sunny Ozell.
'X-Men' co-stars McKellen and Stewart to share Broadway stage

'X-Men' co-stars McKellen and Stewart to share Broadway stage

NEW YORK, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- "X-Men" cast members Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are heading to Broadway to star in "No Man's Land" and "Waiting for Godot," producers said.
Ian McKellen says he has prostate cancer

Ian McKellen says he has prostate cancer

LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- British actor Ian McKellen, 73, says he was diagnosed with prostate cancer "six or seven years" ago, but isn't undergoing treatment.
Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman discuss 'Hobbit' transformations

Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman discuss 'Hobbit' transformations

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- British actors Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman say the costumes, makeup and hairpieces they wore in their new movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" greatly helped them transform into their respective, non-human characters.
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Stephen Colbert plans week of 'Hobbit'-themed shows

Stephen Colbert plans week of 'Hobbit'-themed shows

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiast Stephen Colbert plans a week of "The Hobbit"-themed episodes of his New York chat show "The Colbert Report," Comedy Central said.

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Jackman in talks for next 'X-Men' movie

Jackman in talks for next 'X-Men' movie

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Australian actor Hugh Jackman is in talks to reunite with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen for another "X-Men" sequel, The Hollywood Reporter said.
McKellen polished acting skills in closet

McKellen polished acting skills in closet

LONDON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- British actor Ian McKellen said hiding his homosexuality in years past helped hone his skills as an actor.
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British actor Ian McKellen attends "The Orange British Academy Film Awards" at The Royal Opera House in London on February 11, 2007. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. He has received a Tony Award, two Academy Award nominations, and five Emmy Award nominations. His work has spanned genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is known to many for roles such as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and as Magneto in the X-Men films.

In 1988, McKellen came out and announced he was homosexual. He became a founding member of Stonewall, one of the United Kingdom's most influential LGBT rights groups, of which he remains a prominent spokesman.

McKellen was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England, though he spent most of his early life in Wigan. Born shortly before the outbreak of World War II, the experience had some lasting impact on him. In response to an interview question when an interviewer remarked that he seemed quite calm in the aftermath of the 11 September attacks, he said: "Well, darling, you forget — I slept under a steel plate until I was four years old."

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