Happy birthday, Ben Kingsley! The actor is celebrating his 72nd birthday today.
Kingsley cemented his place in geek culture when he played Trevor Slattery, the not-Mandarin (spoiler-alert!) in Iron Man 3. Anyone who has followed the actor knows that he is well-known and respected for several of his other 125+ roles. Some of his notable films include Shutter Island, Hugo, Schindler's List, and earlier this year he starred opposite Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) in the sci-fi thriller Self/less.
In 1983, Kingsley won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the self-titled biopic.
Prior to his acting fame, Kingsley went by his real name, Krishna Pandit Bhanji, but ultimately changed it to help advance his acting career.
Happy birthday, Ben Kingsley!