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Michael Fassbender

Born: 1977

Biography

Michael Fassbender (born 2 April 1977) is an Irish actor. He is the recipient of various accolades, including a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Critics' Choice Movie Award, and nominations for two Academy Awards, four British Academy Film Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. Born in Heidelberg and raised in Killarney, Fassbender made his feature film debut as a Spartan warrior in the fantasy war epic 300 (2006). His earlier roles included various stage productions, as well as starring roles on television such as in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001) and the Sky One fantasy drama Hex (2004–05). He first came to prominence for his role as IRA volunteer Bobby Sands in Hunger (2008), for which he won a British Independent Film Award. Subsequent roles include the independent film Fish Tank (2009), as a Royal Marines lieutenant in Inglourious Basterds (2009), as Edward Rochester in the 2011 film adaptation of Jane Eyre, as Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method (2011), as the sentient android, David 8, in Ridley Scott's Prometheus (2012) and its sequel, Alien: Covenant (2017), and in the musical comedy drama Frank (2014) as an eccentric musician loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom. Fassbender debuted as the Marvel Comics supervillain Magneto in X-Men: First Class (2011), and went on to share the role with Ian McKellen in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) before reprising it again in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and Dark Phoenix (2019). Also in 2011, his performance as a sex addict in Shame earned him the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. His role as slave owner Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave (2013) was similarly praised, earning him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In the same year, Fassbender appeared in another Ridley Scott film, The Counselor. He portrayed the title role in the Danny Boyle-directed biopic Steve Jobs (2015), and played Macbeth in Justin Kurzel's adaptation of William Shakespeare's play. For the former, he received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. He also produced and starred in the Western Slow West (2015). In 2020, he was listed at number nine on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors. Fassbender began competing in auto racing in 2017 with the Ferrari Challenge. He currently races in the European Le Mans Series, driving for Proton Competition.
Known For Acting
Gender Male
Place of Birth Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany

Resources

Movies

Hunger

Bobby Sands in Hunger

Centurion

Centurion Quintus Dias in Centurion

Shame

Brandon in Shame

The Counselor

The Counselor in The Counselor

Alien: Covenant

David / Walter in Alien: Covenant

Pitch Black Heist

Michael in Pitch Black Heist

Slow West

Silas in Slow West

Macbeth

Macbeth in Macbeth

Trespass Against Us

Chad Cutler in Trespass Against Us

Goldfish

Christian in Goldfish

The Light Between Oceans

Tom Sherbourne in The Light Between Oceans

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs

The Snowman

Harry Hole in The Snowman

Assassin's Creed

Callum Lynch / Aguilar de Nerha in Assassin's Creed

Alien: Covenant - Prologue: The Crossing

David in Alien: Covenant - Prologue: The Crossing

Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Meet Walter

Walter in Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Meet Walter

Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Phobos

Walter in Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Phobos

A Bear Named Winnie

Harry Colebourn in A Bear Named Winnie

1

Narrator in 1

Mister Police

Harry Hole in Mister Police

Next Goal Wins

Thomas Rongen in Next Goal Wins

Four Photographic Sonatas Starring Michael Fassbender

in Four Photographic Sonatas Starring Michael Fassbender

The Killer

The Killer in The Killer

The Wild Bunch

in The Wild Bunch

Night Boat to Tangier

Maurice Hearne in Night Boat to Tangier

Michael Fassbender: Road to Le Mans – The Film

Self in Michael Fassbender: Road to Le Mans – The Film

Fish Tank

Connor O'Reily in Fish Tank

Eden Lake

Steve in Eden Lake

Jane Eyre

Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre

X-Men: First Class

Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X-Men: First Class

Haywire

Paul in Haywire

Prometheus

David in Prometheus

12 Years a Slave

Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave

X-Men: Apocalypse

Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse

Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper

Walter in Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper

Alien: Covenant - Epilogue: Advent

Walter in Alien: Covenant - Epilogue: Advent

Things I Notice, Things You See

Tom in Things I Notice, Things You See

Kung Fury 2

Colt Magnum in Kung Fury 2

Gina Carano in Training

in Gina Carano in Training

X-Men: First Class 35mm Special

Self in X-Men: First Class 35mm Special

Black Bag

in Black Bag

Blood Creek

Richard Wirth in Blood Creek

A Dangerous Method

Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past

Song to Song

Cook in Song to Song

Angel

Esmé in Angel

Man on a Motorcycle

in Man on a Motorcycle

SLOW WEST in SUPER EIGHT

in SLOW WEST in SUPER EIGHT

Jonah Hex

Burke in Jonah Hex

Frank

Frank in Frank

Truth of the Situation: Making 'The Counselor'

Self in Truth of the Situation: Making 'The Counselor'

Paris Paramount

in Paris Paramount

Hope

in Hope

Inglourious Basterds

Lieutenant Archie Hicox in Inglourious Basterds

Dark Phoenix

Erik Lensherr / Magneto in Dark Phoenix

Carla

Rob in Carla

300

Stelios in 300

Our Hidden Lives

B. Charles in Our Hidden Lives

Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Crew Messages

David in Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Crew Messages

Kneecap

in Kneecap

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking

Charles Allen in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking

Take Flight

Self - Performer in Take Flight

Wedding Belles

Barney in Wedding Belles

The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus

Self in The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus

QT8: The First Eight

Self (archive footage) in QT8: The First Eight

TV Shows