|Character Portrayed:||Samu Fisher|
|Quote:||"I like to play bad guys, since good guys are always beaten up several times during the movie. Bad guys are beaten only once, in the end".|
|Date of Birth:||February 12th, 1950|
|Place of Birth:||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Michael Ironside has made a strong and indelible impression with his often incredibly intense and explosive portrayals of fearsome villains throughout the years. He was born as Frederick Reginald Ironside on February 12, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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. He first began acting in movies in the late 70s. He received plenty of recognition with his frightening turn as deadly and powerful psychic Darryl Revok in David Cronenberg's "Scanners." He was likewise very chilling as vicious misogynistic psychopath Colt Hawker in the underrated "Visiting Hours." Other memorable film roles include weary Detective Roersch in the sadly forgotten thriller "Cross Country," the crazed Overdog in the immensely enjoyable "Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone," the hard-nosed Jester in the blockbuster smash "Top Gun," ramrod Major Paul Hackett in "Extreme Prejudice," loner Vietnam veteran Ben in "Nowhere to Hide," the ferocious Lem Johnson in "Watchers," and lethal immortal General Katana in "Highlander II: The Quickening."
Moreover, Ironside has appeared in two highly entertaining science fiction features for Paul Verhoeven: at his savage best as the evil Richter in "Total Recall" and typically excellent as the rugged Lieutenant Jean Rasczak in "Starship Troopers." Ironside showed a more tender and thoughtful side with his lovely and touching performance as a hardened convict who befriends a disabled man in the poignant indie drama gem "Chaindance;" he also co-wrote the script and served as an executive producer for this beautiful sleeper. Michael was terrific as tough mercenary Ham Tyler on the epic TV mini-series "V," its follow up "V: The Final Battle," and subsequent short-lived spin-off TV show.
Ironside also had a recurring role on the TV series "SeaQuest DSV." Among the television programs Michael has done guest spots on are "The A-Team," "Hill Street Blues," "Mike Hammer," "The Hitchhiker," "Tales from the Crypt," "Superman," "Walker, Texas Ranger," "The Outer Limits," "ER," "Smallville," "ER," "Desperate Housewives," "Justice League," and "Masters of Horror."
More recently Ironside garnered a slew of plaudits and a Gemini Award nomination for his outstanding portrayal of shrewd biker gang leader Bob Durelle in the acclaimed Canadian mini-series "The Last Chapter." In addition to his substantial film and TV work, Michael Ironside has also lent his distinctive deep voice to TV commercials and video games. He's also the father of actress Adrienne Ironside.
This is a selected list, for Michael Ironside's complete filmography see IMDb.
- Liberty (2009) - Fischer
- Beneath the Blue (2009) - Blaine
- Abduction of Jesse Bookman (2009) - Captain Jones
- Eve (2009)
- The Beacon (2009) - Officer Ned Hutton
- The Jazzman (2009) - Bernie
- Terminator Salvation (2009) - General Ashdown
- Cold Case - Commandant Murillo
- Wolverine and the X-Men - Colonel Moss
- Mutants (2008) - Colonal Gauge
- Criminal Minds - John (1 episode, 2008)
- Storm Cell (2008) - James
- Surveillance (2008) - Captain Billings
- The Alphabet Killer (2008) - Captain Nathan Norcross
- The Terrorist Next Door (2008) - Wade
- The Butcher (2007) - Teddy Carmichael
- TimeShift (2007) - Doctor Krone
- Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (2007) - Jack Granger & GDI General
- The Veteran (2006) - Mark 'Doc' Jordan
- Masters of Horror (2006) - Mr. Chaney
- Splinter Cell: Double Agent (2006) - Sam Fisher
- Justice League (2003-2006) - Darkseid
- Splinter Cell: Essentials (2006) - Sam Fisher
- Stargate SG-1 (2006) - Seevis
- Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York (2006) (TV) .... Levering
- Desperate Housewives (2005-2006) - Curt Monroe
- 1st Bite (2006) - Theo
- On That Day (2005) - Daniel's Father
- Guy X (2005) - Guy X
- Deepwater (2005) - Walnut
- Bloodsuckers (2005) - Muco
- Young Blades (2005) - Cardinal Mazarin
- Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005) - Sam Fisher
- Reeker (2005) - Henry
- Medical Investigation (2004) - Ben Graybridge
- Smallville (2004) General Sam Lane
- Andromeda (2003-2004) - The Patriarch
- Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (2004) - Sam Fisher
- El maquinista (2004) - Miller
- Maximum Velocity (2003) - General Amberson
- The Red Phone: Checkmate (2003) - Bohr
- The Failures (2003) - Depressor
- The Last Chapter II: The War Continues (2003) - Bob Durelle
- Hemingway vs. Callaghan (2003) - Harry
- Alaska (2003)
- Splinter Cell (2002) - Sam Fisher
- Run Like Hell (2002) - Cmdr. Mason
- Fairytales and Pornography (2002) - Justice Coulton
- Fallen Angels (2002) - Sheriff Ed Rooney
- ER (1995-2002) Dr. William 'Wild Willy' Swift
- Le dernier chapitre: La Suite (2002) - Bob Durelle
- aka "The Last Chapter" (English)
- The District (2002) Dmitri Putin
- Le dernier chapitre (2002) - Bob Durelle
- Extreme Honor (2001) - Baker
- Dead Awake (2001) - Skay
- Soulkeeper (2001) - Voice of Mr.M
- Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001) - Priest
- The Outer Limits (1999-2001) Ambassador Prosser
- Jett Jackson: The Movie (2001) - Dr. Kragg
- Down (2001) - Gunter Steinberg
- aka The Shaft (USA)
- Mindstorm (2001) - Senator Bill Armitage
- The Red Phone: Manhunt (2001) - Bremer
- Ignition (2001) - Jake Russo
- One of Our Own (1997) (associate producer)
- aka Denver P.D.: One of Our Own (USA)
- Probable Cause (1994) (TV) (executive producer)
- Chaindance (1991) (executive producer)
- aka Common Bonds (USA)
- The Arrangement (1999)
- aka Blood Money (USA)
- Chaindance (1991)
- aka Common Bonds (USA)
- The Arrangement (1999)
- aka Blood Money (USA)
- Danger Zone: The Making of 'Top Gun' (2004)
- VH-1 Behind the Movie (2002)
- Death from Above: The Making of 'Starship Troopers' (2002)
- Inside the Kill Box: Fighting the Gulf War (2001) (Narrator)
- A Supercarrier Is Burning: U.S.S. Enterprise (2000) (Narrator)
- Heavy Metal 2000: Voice Talent Featurette (2000)
- The Directors (1999)
- Highlander 2: To Be or Not to Be a Sequel (1997)
- The Making of 'Total Recall' (1990)
- Sharon Stone - Una mujer de 100 caras (1998)
- Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater
- Came to notice in the Canadian sci-fi horror classic Scanners (1981) in which he played the mind-controlling, head-blowing megalomaniac Daryl Revok, which led to a dynamic, infamous career of out-and-out baddies or edgy anti-heroes.
- Has a daughter Findlay (born 1998) by second wife Karen.
- His brother is a high school shop teacher in his hometown of Toronto, Canada.
- Father of Adrienne Ironside.
- Said in an interview he is mostly recognized by the public from his voice over work in the Splinter Cell series.
- His daughter Adrienne is from a previous marriage.
- Moved to Los Angeles, California, USA in 1982.
- Was for some time attached to play the title role in RoboCop (1987), but the crew had to give up on the idea when they realized that he would have to have a much smaller frame to fit into the costume envisaged.
- At the age of fifteen he wrote a play called "The Shelter" which won first prize in a Canada-wide university contest. He used the prize money to mount his own production of said play.
- Like Terence Stamp, he has played both a Superman foe and friend. The foe he played was Darkseid, one of Superman's greatest enemies, in the animated show "Justice League" (2001). The friend he played was Gen. Sam Lane, father of Lois Lane (Clark Kent's future bride) on the TV show "Smallville" (2001).
- A talented arm wrestler in his youth, he ironically often loses an arm and / or other limb in his films: Total Recall (1990), Starship Troopers (1997), El maquinista (2004) and Guy X (2005). If he hadn't been too bulky he also would have played Murphy in RoboCop (1987), who loses both his arms.
- Good friends with WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler.
- Huge fan of Professional Wrestling.
- Is of Scottish, English and Irish heritage.
- His father, Robert, was a streetlight maintenance man, his mother, Patricia, a housewife.