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Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender
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Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Birth Name: Michael Fassbender

Nickname/Stage Name: Michael Fassbender

Birth Date: April 2, 1977

Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-fi

Occupation: Actor

Years Active: 2001 till Present

Net Worth: $40 million

 

Personal life 

Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany. He was raised as a devout Catholic and worked as an altar boy at the church where he and his family worshipped. 

He dated Sunawin Andrews but things went sour in 2010 when she alleged that he physically assaulted her by throwing her over a chair and breaking her nose.

After Andrews, the actor moved on to actress Nicole Beharie following their onscreen appearance in the film Shame (2011). He ended things with her and began dating actress Alicia Vikander in December 2014.

Fassbender and Vikander got married in October 2017. 

Education

He attended Fossa National School and St. Brendan's College (both in Killarney) and moved to London to study at the Drama Centre London.

Fassbender dropped out of the Drama Centre to tour with the Oxford Stage Company to perform with them.

Career

The actor got his first screen role in Tom Hanks and Steven Speilberg's TV miniseries Band of Brothers (2001). He played Jonathan Harker in a radio series of Dracula produced by BBC Northern Ireland.

His first major role came when he was seen alongside the cast in the action film 300 (2007). He appeared as Burke in the western Jonah Hex (2010).

Fassbender portrayed the Marvel Comics mutant Magneto in the superhero film X-Men: First Class (2011) alongside James McAvoy. He would reprise the role in subsequent films.

He also had a starring role in Shame, playing a man struggling with sexual addiction. His performance got him critical acclaim. He was next seen in 12 Years a Slave (2013).

The actor played late Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs in the biopic Steve Jobs (2015) and took on the titular role in Macbeth (2015).

In 2016, he headlined the screen adaptation of the popular video game Assassin's Creed. It got negative reviews from critics but was a modest box office success. 

Awards

British Independent Film Award (2008, 2011)

Irish Film & Television Award (2009, 2012, 2014, 2016)

London Film Critics' Circle Award (2009, 2010, 2011)

Online Film Critics Society Award (2009, 2013, 2015)

Screen Actors Guild Award (2009)

Critics' Choice Movie Award (2010)

Venice Film Festival Award (2011)

National Board of Review Award (2011)

Empire Award (2012, 2014, 2016)

AACTA International Award (2014)

Quotes

"You know, I spent a lot of time out of work. Now I'm trying to make hay while the sun is shining."

"We live in this society where nowadays if I want something I take it, I eat it. It's so easy and readily available."

"To be honest with you again, I think it's the idea of male frontal nudity. It just baffles me: Women can parade around naked all the time, but the guy conveniently has his pants on. I remember my mom always complaining about that to me, saying, 'This is such bullshit, it's always the women who are naked' ... so I did this one for you, Mom! "

Trivia

Born in Germany, to a German father and an Irish mother, and was raised in Ireland.

Currently resides in London, England in the same flat that he has owned since he was in his late 20s.

He went on a diet of berries, nuts, and sardines for his role in Hunger (2008) for which he lost 33 pounds.

Movies

300 (2007)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

X-Men: First Class (2011)

Prometheus (2012)

12 Years a Slave (2013)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Steve Jobs (2015)

Alien: Covenant (2017)

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

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