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"I had enough trouble living up to one legend. Two would be too much to hope for."
—On why he turned down the role of Dumbledore in Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, after the death of Richard Harris.

Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born in 1939 in the UK) is a Shakespearean actor, known for his roles as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Magneto in X-Men (get over it) and as Number Two in the remake of The Prisoner, as well as a certain polar bear.

He's also openly gay and an ardent supporter of gay rights (averting Nobody Over 50 Is Gay), advocating it to the exclusion of other causes. Indeed, when the Conservative and pro-Section 28 then-Home Secretary Michael Howard asked for an autograph from McKellen in 1988, McKellen instead wrote, "F**k off, I'm gay".

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