Michael Fassbender

Actor
Having emerged from obscurity in a short time, German actor Michael Fassbender made Hollywood take notice after he appeared in the World War II epic miniseries "Band of Brothers" (HBO, 2001). After a few years of ... Read more »
Born: 04/02/1977 in Germany

Filmography

Actor (43)

Alien: Covenant 2017 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Assassin's Creed 2016 (Movie)

Callum Lynch/Aguilar (Actor)

The Light Between Oceans 2016 (Movie)

Tom Sherbourne (Actor)

X-Men: Apocalypse 2016 (Movie)

Magneto (Actor)

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Macbeth 2015 (Movie)

Macbeth (Actor)

Slow West 2015 (Movie)

Silas Selleck (Actor)

Steve Jobs 2015 (Movie)

Steve Jobs (Actor)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Trespass Against Us 2015 (Movie)

Chad Cutler (Actor)

Frank 2014 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Going for Gold 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Pitch Black Heist 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2004 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 (Movie)

Magneto (Actor)

12 Years a Slave 2013 (Movie)

Edwin Epps (Actor)

One: Life On The Limit 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Counselor 2013 (Movie)

Counselor (Actor)

The Daily Show 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

2012 MTV Movie Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Haywire 2012 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Prometheus 2012 (Movie)

David (Actor)

A Dangerous Method 2011 (Movie)

Carl Jung (Actor)

Jane Eyre 2011 (Movie)

Edward Rochester (Actor)

Shame 2011 (Movie)

Brandon (Actor)

X-Men: First Class 2011 (Movie)

Erik Lensherr (Actor)

Centurion 2010 (Movie)

Centurion Quintus Dias (Actor)

Fish Tank 2010 (Movie)

Connor (Actor)

Jonah Hex 2010 (Movie)

Burke (Actor)

Inglourious Basterds 2009 (Movie)

Lt Archie Hicox (Actor)

Creek 2008 (Movie)

Wirth (Actor)

Eden Lake 2008 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Hunger 2008 (Movie)

Bobby Sands (Actor)

300 2007 (Movie)

Stelios (Actor)

Angel 2007 (Movie)

Esme (Actor)

Hex 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy's Law (BBC) 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Band of Brothers 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Bear Named Winnie (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Assassin's Creed 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Slow West 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Trespass Against Us 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Having emerged from obscurity in a short time, German actor Michael Fassbender made Hollywood take notice after he appeared in the World War II epic miniseries "Band of Brothers" (HBO, 2001). After a few years of guest-starring in England, Fassbender found his big screen career starting to flourish with a prominent supporting role in the comic book-inspired "300" (2006). From there, he moved from well-received artistic films, like his romantic turn opposite Romola Garai in "Angel" (2007), to the powerful true story of Irish Republican hunger striker, Bobby Sands, in "Hunger" (2008), for which he earned several Best Actor awards and cemented his status as a rising star to watch. While returning across the pond for the British-made thriller "Eden Lake" (2008) and the coming-of-age drama "Fish Tank" (2009), he landed a breakthrough role as Lt. Archie Hicox in Quentin Tarantino's box office monster "Inglourious Basterds" (2009), a high-profile and much-decorated film that, along with his edgy, brave portrait of a sex addict in "Shame" (2011), helped Fassbender officially become an international star.

Relationships

Sunawin Andrews

Companion
Dated in 2009 Andrews filed a restraining order against him in March of 2010 because she claimed he was violent with her during their relationship

Nicole Beharie Actor

Companion
Co-starred in "Shame" (2011)

Josef Fassbender

Father
German; relocated from Germany to Killarney, Ireland, when Michael was two, and opened a restaurant called the West End House

Adele Fassbender

Mother
Irish; relocated from Germany to Killarney, Ireland, when Michael was two, and opened a restaurant called the West End House

Catherine Fassbender

Sister
Researched ADHD in children

Zoe Kravitz Actor

Companion
Met while co-starring in "X-Men: First Class" (2011) No longer together

Alicia Vikander Actor

Girlfriend
Began dating after working together on "The Light Between Oceans"

EDUCATION

St. Brendan's

Central School of Speech and Drama

London, England
Left in his third year after becoming fed up with the institution's emphasis on the purity of language

Milestones

2016

Was nominated for an Oscar for portraying the legendary Apple co-founder in "Steve Jobs"

2014

Reprised his role as Magneto in "X-Men: Days of Future Past"

2013

Featured in the period drama "12 Years a Slave"

2013

Starred in Ridley Scott's "The Counselor"

2012

Co-starred as a mysterious synthetic life-form aboard a space mission in "Prometheus," directed by Ridley Scott

2012

Joined an all-star cast including Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton and Antonio Banderas in the action thriller "Haywire," directed by Steven Soderbergh

2011

Portrayed Magneto in the prequel to the "X-Men" film series, "X-Men: First Class"

2011

Co-starred with Mia Wasikowska in "Jane Eyre"

2011

Cast as Carl Jung opposite Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg directed "A Dangerous Method"

2011

Played a sexually addicted New Yorker in "Shame"; second film with writer-director Steve McQueen

2010

Appeared in the Western action/drama "Jonah Hex" opposite Josh Brolin and Megan Fox

2009

Joined the ensemble cast of Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," playing British resistance fighter Lt. Archie Hicox

2009

Played a working-class man who becomes a parental figure to a troubled 15-year-old girl in "Fish Tank"

2008

Portrayed IRA prisoner Bobby Sands in "Hunger," which depicted the real life hunger strike in 1981 at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; lost 38 lbs. for the role; first collaboration with British writer and director Steve McQueen

2007

Played a frustrated painter involved in a love triangle in François Ozon's "Angel"

2006

Cast in a theatrical production of "Allegiance," portraying his probable ancestor Michael Collins

2006

Portrayed Spartan warrior Stelios in the action blockbuster "300"

2005

Landed a recurring role on the popular British crime series "Murphy's Law" (BBC)

2004

Cast as Azazeal, the seductive leader of a band of fallen angels, on the supernatural drama "Hex" (Sky One)

2004

Portrayed Guy Fawkes in the British miniseries "Gunpowder, Treason & Plot" (BBC)

2001

Landed breakout role of Sgt. Burton 'Pat' Christenson in the multi award-winning miniseries "Band of Brothers" (HBO)

2001

First TV role was a three episode arc on the short lived British series "Hearts and Bones" (BBC)

Bonus Trivia

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In addition to English, Fassbender also speaks fluent German.

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Before landing steady work as an actor, Fassbender supported himself with bartending work.

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Fassbender dropped out of the Drama Centre London during his third year after he landed the role of Pat Christenson on HBO's "Band of Brothers."

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‘‘I go over the words again and again and again and again. Hundreds of times. It’s more of a doing than a thinking thing. I have thoughts about the characters, I learn about them, but that’s not necessarily where the majority of the work gets done.’’ -- from The New York Times, September 11, 2015

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Was raised Catholic, and served as an altar boy during his youth.

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First acted on stage in a production of Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" which he mounted at age 18 in Killarney, Ireland, directing the show and starring as the jabbering Mr. Pink

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Toured in a production of Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters" with the Oxford Stage Company.

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