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Michael Fassbender (born April 2, 1977) is a German-born actor. He is probably best known to international audiences for playing Lt. Archie Hicox in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. His other credits include the Sky One television series Hex, the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, Zack Snyder's 300, the 2008 BAFTA-winning film Hunger and Centurion.


Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany. His Irish mother, Adele, is a native of Larne, County Antrim, and his father, Josef Fassbender, is German. According to Fassbender's "family lore", his mother is the great-great-niece of Michael Collins, an Irish leader during the War of Independence. When he was two years old, his parents moved to Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, where they ran West End House, a restaurant (his father is a chef). He attended St. Brendan's, Killarney (The Sem) and the Drama Centre London. Fassbender plays guitar, piano, and accordion,[citation needed] and speaks fluent German.


Early work

Fassbender first played the part of Burton 'Pat' Christenson in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's award-winning Band of Brothers. He played the character of Azazeal in both series of Hex on Sky One and he also starred as the main character in the music video for the song 'Blind Pilots' by the British band, The Cooper Temple Clause.

Fassbender played the part of Jonathan Harker in a 10-part radio serialization of Dracula produced by BBC Northern Ireland and broadcast in the Book at Bedtime series between 24 November and 5 December 2003. He was also seen in early 2004 in a Guinness television commercial, The Quarrel, playing a man who swims across the ocean from Ireland to apologize personally to his brother in New York.

During the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fassbender played Michael Collins in Allegiance, a play by Mary Kenny based on the meeting between Winston Churchill and Collins, of whom Fassbender's mother is a great-niece. In addition, he produced, directed and starred in the stage version of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, along with his production company.

He appeared in Angel (UK title: The Real Life of Angel Deverell), about the rise and fall of an eccentric young British writer (played by Romola Garai) in the early 20th century. Fassbender plays her love interest and average painter Esmé. The drama – the first English-language effort by French director François Ozon and based on the novel by Elizabeth Taylor – was premiered on 17 February 2007 at the Berlin International Film Festival and on 14 March 2007 in Paris. He then made a brief appearance in Wedding Belles as Barney, speaking with a Scottish accent.

Mainstream success

In preparation for his role as Irish Republican Army prisoner Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen's 2008 film Hunger, Fassbender underwent a crash diet that restricted him to 600 calories a day. He received the Best Actor award at the British Independent Film Awards for his performance.

He had been cast as 'Richard Wirth' in the Joel Schumacher film Blood Creek alongside Dominic Purcell. Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys, Batman Forever, Phone Booth) signed to direct Blood Creek, the horror movie for Gold Circle and Lionsgate. The story centers on a West Virginia man who comes to terms with his moral qualms and helps his brother wipe out a family that had been protecting a Nazi occultist and who had kept his brother captive for him to feed off of for years. "There is blood in it, but it's not really a vampire movie," Schumacher says. The first part of the film will be set in 1936, at the height of Hitler's power, and the second half will be set during the present day, the theme being "ghosts of the past rising up to confront today's world." Dave Kajganich (The Visiting) wrote the screenplay and shooting has been started in Bucharest, Romania.

One year after his success at the Cannes Film Festival with Hunger, he appeared in two films. First was Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, in which he played the British officer Lieutenant Archie Hicox. The other film was Fish Tank directed by Andrea Arnold. For both, he achieved great critical acclaim.

In 2010, he appeared in Jonah Hex and Knockout.He will play Mr. Rochester in the 2011 film Jane Eyre, featuring Mia Wasikowska in the title role, with Cary Fukunaga directing. Fassbender portrayed Quintus Dias in Neil Marshall's War-Thriller-Drama film Centurion.He is now filming A Dangerous Method with director David Cronenberg, where he plays the role based on the Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist Carl Jung, featuring Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel. He has been chosen to play the role of Magneto in X-Men: First Class. Along with Wasikowska and Tilda Swinton, he is tentatively slated to star in Jim Jarmusch's untitled new film, subject to financing.


Best Actor for Hunger - Chicago International Film Festival 2008 Silver Hugo - Winner

Best Actor for Hunger- London Critics Circle Film Awards 2009 - Winner

Best Supporting Actor in television for The Devil's Whore - IFTA 2009 - Nominated

Best Actor in a Feature Film for Hunger - IFTA 2009 - Winner

Best Actor for Hunger - BIFA 2009 - Winner

Best Supporting Actor for Fish Tank - London Critics Circle Film Awards 2010 - Winner

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Inglourious Basterds - 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Winner


2001 Band of Brothers Burton 'Pat' Christenson TV mini series

Hearts and Bones Hermann TV series, 3 episodes

2002 NCS Manhunt Jack Silver TV series

Holby City Christian Connolly TV series, 1 episode

2003 Carla Rob TV

2004 Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Guy Fawkes TV

Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder - The Case of Charles Bravo Charles Bravo TV

A Bear Named Winnie Lt. Harry Colebourn TV

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

2005 Murphy's Law Caz Miller TV series, 5 episodes

Our Hidden Lives German POW TV

Hex Azazeal TV series, 12 episodes (2 seasons, 2004–2005)

William and Mary Lukasz TV series, 1 episode

2006 Poirot episode After the Funeral George Abernethie TV series, 1 episode

Trial & Retribution: Sins of the Father Douglas Nesbitt TV

2007 300 Stelios

Angel Esmé Howe-Nevinson premiered Feb. 17th, directed by Francois Ozon

Wedding Belles Barney TV, premiered on March 29

2008 Hunger Bobby Sands British Independent Film Awards 2008 for Best Actor

Chicago International Film Festival. Silver Hugo prize for Best Actor

IFTA Award for Best Actor

Nominated — European Film Awards 2008 for Best Actor

Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor

Eden Lake Steve

The Devil's Whore Thomas Rainsborough TV mini series

2009 Blood Creek Richard Wirth

Fish Tank Connor

Inglourious Basterds Lt. Archie Hicox Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2010 Centurion Quintus Dias

Jonah Hex Burke

2011 Haywire Paul Post-Production

Jane Eyre Edward Rochester Post-Production

A Dangerous Method Carl Jung Post-Production

X-Men: First Class Magneto / Erik Lensherr Filming

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Actor Michael Fassbender poses for a portrait in New York. Fassbender stars in two of this fall's most notable releases: As the sex-addicted Brandon in “Shame,” and in David Cronenberg's “A Dangerous Method” as the pioneering psychologist Carl Jung.

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