Today is Sir Ian McKellen's birthday.
A highly respected actor amongst several generations, McKellen has held many memorable roles throughout his career. He is best known to science fiction and fantasy fans, however, for his roles as X-Men villain Magneto and Lord of The Rings wizard Gandalf.
As Magneto, McKellen has starred in X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. As Gandalf, McKellen has starred in all of Peter Jackson's Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit films.
Outside of those massive franchises, McKellen has starred in The Da Vinci Code, The Prisoner TV mini-series, Gods and Monsters, and The Last Action Hero. He is also a highly respected stage actor, and even scored a knighthood from the Queen of England.
Born in Lancashire, England, McKellen turns 76 today. Happy Birthday, Ian McKellen.