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Michael Ironside
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Name: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birthplace: Frederick Reginald Ironside
Birthdate: February 12, 1950
Active: 1977 - present
Films appeared in: Total Recall
McBain
Voyage of Terror
Walker, Texas Ranger
Splinter Cell
The Red Phone: Manhunt
Red Phone 2
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
Splinter Cell: Essentials
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York
The Butcher
Transgression
Splinter Cell: Conviction
Role: Richter (Total Recall)
Frank Bruce (McBain)
McBride (Voyage of Terror)
The Chairman (Walker, Texas Ranger)
Sam Fisher (Splinter Cell videogames)
Bremer (Red Phone 1 & 2)
Levering (Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York)
Teddy Carmichael (The Butcher)
Matthew (Transgression)

Michael Ironside (born February 12, 1950) is a noted Canadian character actor who has made a strong and indelible impression with his often incredibly intense and explosive portrayals of fearsome villains throughout the years. Ironside was a successful arm wrestler in his teenage years. His initial ambition was to be a writer. At age fifteen, Michael wrote a play called "The Shelter" that won first prize in a Canada-wide university contest; He used the prize money to mount a production of this play. Ironside attended the Ontario College of Art, took acting lessons from Janine Manatis, and studied for three years at the Canadian National Film Board. Ironside worked in construction as a roofer prior to embarking on an acting career.

Ironside's film roles include: Scanners, Visiting Hours (with William Shatner), The Falcon and the Snowman, Top Gun (with Tom Cruise), Extreme Prejudice, Dean Koontz's Watchers, Total Recall (with Arnold Schwarzenegger), Highlander II: The Quickening (with Christopher Lambert), Chaindance, McBain (with Christopher Walken) and Luis Guzmán), Neon City, Killer Image, Guncrazy, Free Willy (with Michael Madsen), Father Hood (with Halle Berry), The Glass Shield (with Ice Cube and Lori Petty), Major Payne, Starship Troopers (with Casper Van Dien), Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, The Perfect Storm (with George Clooney), The Machinist (with Christian Bale), Reeker, Guy X, Terminator: Salvation (again with Bale), Hardwired, Lake Placid 3, X-Men: First Class (with Hugh Jackman and Ray Wise) and A Fighting Man.

Ironside's recurring television roles include: "V" and it's spin-off series "V: The Final Battle", "SeaQuest 2032" (with Roy Scheider), the '90s "Superman" animated series, "ER" (again with Clooney), "Justice League", "Wolverine and the X-Men", "Smallville", "Vegas" (with Dennis Quaid and Carrie-Anne Moss) and "Transformers Prime".

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