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Ian McKellen
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    (May 25, 1939- )
    Acted in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,' 'Richard III,' 'X-Men,' 'Scandal,' 'Gods and Monsters,' 'Apt Pupil'
    Acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theater, the Actors Company, and on Broadway
    Knighted (1991)
    He billed himself as 'the greatest actor of his generation' on theater posters.
    He is a vegetarian.
    He was the first openly gay man to receive a knighthood.
    After he received the knighthood, he devised the one-man show 'A Knight Out' to benefit gay organizations.
    After he came out publicly, he agreed to play scandal-embroiled British politician John Profumo in the film 'Scandal' to prove that he could be convincing as a character about whom little is remembered (other than that he was a raging heterosexual).
    He is a gay rights advocate, who unsuccessfully tried to persuade John Gielgud to come out of the closet.
    He performed an acclaimed one-man show about acting Shakespeare called 'Acting Shakespeare.'
    He won a Tony Award for his performance as Antonio Salieri in 'Amadeus' on Broadway.
    He was the first professional actor to play the title role in 'Sir Thomas More' in 1964, a play with some scenes written by Shakespeare.
    He is the only actor to get an Oscar nomination for playing a wizard.

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