Ian McKellen has been honored with over 50 international acting awards during his half-century on stage and screen. He is treasured worldwide as Magneto in the “X-Men” films and Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies.
He first worked with director Bill Condon as James Whale in “Gods and Monsters” (1998) receiving his first Academy Award® nomination, for Best Actor. The same year, top critics’ groups elected him Best Actor, as the Nazi-in-hiding in Bryan Singer’s “Apt Pupil.” For his classic performance in Richard Loncraine’s “Richard III”, which he produced and co-wrote, he was named 1996 European Actor of the Year.
His varied list of other renowned films include “The Keep” (1983); “Plenty” (1985); “Scandal” (1988); “Six Degrees of Separation” (1993); “Restoration” (1995); “Bent” (1997); “Cold Comfort Farm” (1995) and “The Da Vinci Code” (2006).
On the small screen, McKellen currently stars in the wickedly successful ITV/PBS sitcom “Vicious”. For his extensive television work, McKellen is a five-time Emmy nominee, most recently for his matchless “King Lear” (2008); and his comic guest spot on “Extras” (2006) remembered for the viral catch-phrase: “How do I act so well?” He is most proud of his work as the mentally-handicapped “Walter” (1982 Royal Television Award) in the “And the Band Played On” (1993 Cable Ace Award), about the origins of AIDS and a guest spot in UK’s longest-running soap “Coronation Street” (2005).
Born and raised in the north of England, 75 year old McKellen attended Cambridge University and since 1961 has worked non-stop in the British theatre. He has been leading man and produced plays, modern and classic, for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain and in the West End of London. He has won Olivier Awards for “Macbeth”(1976-78); “The Alchemist”(1977); “Bent” (1979); “Wild Honey”(1984) and “Richard III”(1990): plus Evening Standard Awards for “Coriolanus”(1984) and “Othello” (1989) and for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre (2009).
In 1981, he won every available award, including a Tony for Best Actor, as Salieri in the Broadway production of Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus”. He was most recently in New York in “ No Man’s Land” and “Waiting for Godot” after breaking all box-office records in London and on UK and world tours. Over a decade, he toured his solo entertainment “Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare” throughout four continents, where on DVD it is daily viewed in schools and universities. He astonished his fans as Widow Twankey in the Christmas pantomime at the Old Vic in London (2004 & 2005)
In 1991 Sir Ian was knighted, for his outstanding contribution to theatre. He is co-founder of Stonewall UK, which lobbies for legal and social equality for gay people. In 2008, the Queen personally appointed him Companion of Honour for his services to drama and to equality.
Complete professional credits and personal writings are on www.mckellen.com.
For TrevorLIVE New York, we are proud to present our Trevor Visionary Honoree: Johnson & Johnson!
Johnson & Johnson showed their inclusive values when they created a yearly theme called “Caring for All Families,” emphasizing respect and equality for the LGBT community – especially among youth in school. The corporation is very dedicated to raising awareness about the negative impact bullying has on the health and wellbeing of young people, and took a stand to help make a difference.
Through their campaigns Care with Pride™ and Donate a Photo, they have raised thousands of dollars to help save young lives.
Care with Pride™ - Using coupons found at HealthyEssentials.com/printable-coupons, supporters could purchase everyday items and help support The Trevor Project. These “Safe Schools Action Packs,” also contained top ways to make schools safer for all students
Donate a Photo – People nationwide could download Johnson & Johnson’s unique photo sharing app, choose to help support a young person in crisis, and upload a picture of their choice. For each photo uploaded for Trevor’s cause, $1 was donated!
Johnson & Johnson has also supported PFLAG National and the Family Equality Council.
We are proud to announce the Trevor Youth Innovator for TrevorLIVE New York: Ryan Fecteau!
Ryan became the nation’s youngest openly gay legislator after being elected to the 11th District of the Maine House of Representatives in 2014. He gained 67% of the vote
A former TrevorSpace member, Ryan said that Trevor’s social networking site gave him the strength to be comfortable with who he is.
Ryan is currently drafting legislation to ban the dangerous practice of conversion therapy. He also seeks to expand upon the state’s Bullying and Cyber Bullying Act which was passed in 2012.
Prior to becoming a representative, Ryan worked as a field organizer for the York County region in Maine where he led a grassroots team of volunteers to advocate for marriage equality.
Ryan is passionate about helping organizations like The Trevor Project make a future that is safe and supportive for all youth, regardless of how they identify.