Actor Ian McKellen (Gandalf) on NPR’s Fresh Air

But he’s been acting in film, theater and television for more than 50 years and is so highly regarded in England that he was knighted in 1991. Among his other films are “Scandal,” “Six Degrees Of Seperation,” “Richard The Third,” “Gods And Monsters” and three “X-Men” films. McKellen, who came out in 1988, has been a prominent gay rights activist in the U.K. and was co-grand marshal of this year’s Gay Pride march in New York.

Probably best known for his role as Galdalf in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie franchises, Ian McKellen gave a pretty fascinating interview on NPR today. At 76 years of age and half a century in the entertainment business, he’s led quite an interesting life. Really enjoyed listening to this, I learned a lot.

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