Michael Ironside

Michael Ironside

Actor, director, screenwriter, producer


Frederick Reginald Ironside (born February 12, 1950), known as Michael Ironside, is a Canadian actor. He has worked as a voice actor, producer, film director, and screenwriter in movie and television series in various Canadian and American productions. He is best known for playing villains and "tough guy" heroes, though he has also portrayed sympathetic characters. Ironside is a method actor, who stays in character between filming scenes. Ironside was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Robert Walter Ironside and Patricia June (née Passmore) Ironside. His father was a street lighting technician and laborer and his mother a housewife. He is of English, Irish and Scottish descent, and is one of five children. Ironside attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and at age 15 wrote a play, The Shelter, which won the first prize in a university contest. He also won the Senior writing award at Riverdale Collegiate Institute in 1967. In a January 2010 interview, Ironside stated in response to a question about his many roles in science fiction films that he has always been a big fan of science fiction and often received science fiction short-story collections from his grandfather that he kept in a shoebox under his bed. He said his favorite science fiction novels are Dune by Frank Herbert and "anything involving adventure".

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