Michael Fassbender Biography
Michael Fassbender is an Irish actor who will star in the thriller, The Killer in the role of Christian who works as a professional assassin dubbed “The Killer.” The Killer premiered on November 10, 2023. During his career, he has received many awards including nominations for four BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Academy Awards.
Michael Fassbender Education
Fassbender studied at Fossa National School and St. Brendan’s College in Killarney. At the age of 19, he left home so that he could study at the Drama Centre London.
Michael Fassbender Career
At the age of 17, Fassbender decided to pursue acting as a career path. Thus, he left home to study at the Drama Centre London when he was 19 before dropping out in 1999. After dropping out, he went on tour with the Oxford Stage Company where he performed the play Three Sisters. Before his acting career was stable, he worked as a bartender, postman, manual laborer, market researcher for Royal Mail, and Dell employee.
In 2006, Fassbender debuted with a role in the feature film, 300. After his role there, he had roles in HBO’s Band of Brothers and Sky One’s Hex. He gained fame with his role in Huner as an IRA volunteer, Bobby Sands. For his role in the film, he received a British Independent Film Award. Next, he starred in Fish Tank, Inglourious Basterds, Jane Eyre, and A Dangerous Method.
In 2011, Fassbender attained mainstream fame with his role in the X-Men franchise ( starting with X-Men: First Class) as a young mutant and Holocaust survivor Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto. After achieving success with his role in X-Men: First Class, he reprised his role in X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014 and X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. Further, he played the role of androids David 8 and Walter One in Prometheus and its 2017 sequel, Alien: Covenant.
In 2011, Fassbender played the role of a sex addict in the drama, Shame. For his portrayal, he received the Volpi Cup for Best Actor award and earned nominations for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. In 2013, he played Edwin Epps, a slave owner, in 12 Years a Slave which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Fassbender has also starred in The Counselor, Frank, Macbeth, and Steve Jobs. For his role in Steve Jobs, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In 2017, Fassbender started competing in auto racing with the Ferrari Challenge. Since 2023, he has raced the European Le Mans Series and has driven for Proton Competition.
Fassbender has two films in post-production, Kung Fury 2 and Next Goal Wins. Along with screenwriter Ronan Bennett, he formed a production company named Finn McCool Films. They are working on a film that follows Cú Chulainn, an Irish mythological hero. An announcement was made in 2023 that he would star with Alicia Vikander and Taylor Russell in the upcoming thriller, The Hope.
Michael Fassbender Age
Fassbender was born on April 2, 1977, in Heidelberg, West Germany. He is 46 years old as of 2023. Fassbender celebrates his birthday every April 2nd.
Michael Fassbender Height
Fassbender stands at an approximate height of 6 feet and 0 inches.
Michael Fassbender Family
Fassbender was born to Adele and Josef Fassbender. His mother hails from Ireland while his father hails from Germany. He has an older sister named Catherine who works as a neuropsychologist at the MIND Institute in Sacramento, California.
When he was 2 years old, his family moved to Killarney, Ireland because they wanted their children to grow up in the countryside as compared to the industrial setting of their former German tenancy. While in Killarney, his father worked as a chef at West End House, which they managed. Fassbender worked as an altar boy at a Catholic church where his family attended. Catherine and Fassbender spend their summer holidays in Germany.
Michael Fassbender Wife
Fassbender married Alicia Vikander in Ibiza on October 14, 2017. They reside in Lisbon with their son. Alicia is a Swedish actress famous for Andra Avenyn, Pure, A Royal Affair, Testament of Youth, Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, Jason Bourne, The Green Knight, and Irma Vep. She was born on October 3, 1988, and is 35 years old as of 2023.
During her career, she’s received an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Also, she has received nominations for two Golden Globe Awards and three British Academy Film Awards. Alica and Fassbenderallegedly fell in love in 2014. on the set of “The Light Between Oceans.”
Before Alicia, Fassbender was in a relationship with Nicole Beharie and Sunawin Andrews. He revealed his relationship with Nicole during an interview with GQ magazine. Sunawin accused him of domestic violence on two occasions in 2009.
Michael Fassbender Net Worth
Fassbender has an estimated net worth ranging between $30 Million – $50 Million which he has earned through being an actor.
Michael Fassbender Racing
Fassbender revealed that he always dreamt of racing since he was young in 2020. In 2016, he served as a member of the team’s Corso Pilota training course as he’s a fan of Formula One and Scuderia Ferrari. He started racing in May 2017 in the Ferrari Challenge’s Coppa Shell class at Mugello Circuit, where he finished 15th in his debut. At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, finished 6th in the Challenge’s North American division.
Fassbender won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in 2018 and finished 5th in the standing. In 2019, he moved to Porsche where he competed with the German Porsche Racing Experience in Porsche Carrera Cup German. As a result, he became the topic of a YouTube series by Porsche, dubbed Road to Le Mans. In 2020, he joined the Proton Competition for the full 2020 European Le Mans Series. At the time, he shared a 2017 Porsche 911 RSR alongside Richard Lietz and Felipe Fernández Laser.
In late 2020, he raced in the Porsche Supercup at Circuit de Cataluny. Also, he was involved in a startline crash which put him out of the race within seconds. In 2021, he continued racing with Proton Competition in the European Le Mans Series. At the Red Bull Ring and at Spa-Francorchamps, he and his co-drivers finished 4th. Following this, he accomplished his first podium and best-ever finish at the last race at Portimão, where he finished 2nd behind the No. 80 Iron Lynx.
Michael Fassbender 300
In 2007, Fassbender starred in the role of Stelios in the historical action film, 300. Stelios is a youthful, and highly expert Spartan soldier.
Michael Fassbender Band of Brothers
Fassbender starred in the role of Burton Christenson in the war drama, Band of Brothers. Burton is a technical sergeant.
Michael Fassbender Shame
Fassbender starred in the drama, Shame in the role of Brandon Sullivan. Brandon is a man fighting sexual addiction in his thirties. For his performance, he received praise and nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award. For his performance, he received many awards and nominations in 2012 such as;
- British Independent Film Best Actor Award
- Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Award nomination
- Critics’ Choice Movie Best Actor Award nomination
- Detroit Film Critics Society Best Actor Award
- Florida Film Critics Circle Best Actor Award
- Golden Globe Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Award nomination
- Houston Film Critics Best Actor Award
- Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor Award
- National Board of Review Spotlight Award
- Online Film Critics Society Best Actor Award
Michael Fassbender Magneto/X-men
Fassbender starred in the role of a younger Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in the X-Men franchise; X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Magneto is a powerful mutant that manipulates and generates magnetic fields. Born in 1930, he survived the Holocaust and sees mutants as superior beings to humans. He wants to replace mutants with mankind as the dominant race on earth.
For his performance in X-Men: First Class, he won the IGN Best Ensemble Cast Award in 2011 and the IGN Best Villain Award. In the same year, he won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor Award and the National Board of Review Spotlight Award. Further, he received nominations for People’s Choice Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast Award, Scream Best Fantasy Actor Award, Scream Breakout Performance Award, and Scream Best Ensemble Award.
Michael Fassbender Abuse
In 2010, Sunawin Andrews, Fassbender’s ex, accused him of violently assaulting her on at least two occasions, the first time she sustained a broken nose, and the other time, he dragged her with his car. The alleged events happened after he drank during a festival and after dining at a restaurant.
Reportedly, they were eating dinner with two friends once when Andrews’ ex came to greet her. Fassbender got angry over that and drove her car at high speeds while yelling at her. She finally got him to stop the car after fearing for her life and tried to take the keys off the ignition. However, he started driving with her hand still in the car. He later stopped when he realized that she couldn’t walk. He got out of the car and carried her to the car as her friends pulled up behind them. As a result, she twisted her left ankle, blew out her left kneecap, and burst an ovarian cyst.
In July 2009, the second assault took place during a film festival. He reportedly hurt her after drinking the previous night. Further, he came to their room at around 5 a.m. with her friend and tried to sleep with her according to thedailybeast.com. She left the room and left them alone and checked into another room. The next morning she checked on him to find him sleeping in urine and when she tried to wake him he violently threw her over a chair, leading to a broken nose.
Andrews filed a restraining order against him in Los Angeles County in March 2010. The restraining order required him to stay at least 100 yards away from her, and her then-18-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. Further, she demanded attorneys’ fees, almost $24,000 to pay her medical bills which were caused by him. She also requested that he attend a 52-week batterer intervention program.
When the events came to light, Fassbender’s parents defended him and said that he was not a violent person rather he was gentle. Also, they said that all of the accusations were fabricated. He on the other hand didn’t comment on the issue.
An Irish publication also repudiated Andrews’ allegation and cited her past saying that she has “a troubled and somewhat seedy past.” The publication went on to name her past lovers including well-known porn actor Seth Warshavsky and a married man, said that her kids had different fathers, talked about her pregnancy at 18, and said that she spent her early career modeling for erotic lesbian pictures. They drew the conclusion expressing that Andrews either suffers from a persecution complex or fairly brings out the worst in men as suggested by her past relationships.
Michael Fassbender Religion
Fassbender describes himself as a non-practicing Catholic otherwise named “lapsed Catholic” after being an altar boy when he was young. He voiced that he still goes to church to light candles.
Michael Fassbender Natalie Portman
Fassbender and Natalie acted in the film, Song to Song, where he played the role of Cook while she played Rhonda. Cook works as a record producer while Rhonda works as a waitress. The two are love interests in the film.
Michael Fassbender Hunger
In 2008, Fassbender starred in the role of Bobby Sands in the historical drama, Hunger. The film followed Bobby’s last six weeks of life during the 1981 Irish hunger strike. For his performance, he received a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor in 2008. Also, he received a nomination for the European Film Awards for Best Actor and the Chicago International Film Festival Silver Hugo for Best Actor in the same year. For his role, he lost 33 pounds after going on a berries, nuts, and sardines diet.
In 2009, he received the London Film Critics Circle for British Actor of the Year and the Irish Film & Television Academy for Best Actor in a Lead Role in a Film. The same year, he received a nomination for the Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actor Award and an Evening Standard British Film Best Actor Award.
Michael Fassbender The Killer
Fassbender will star in the thriller, The Killer in the role of Christian who works as a professional assassin dubbed “The Killer.” The Killer premiered on November 10, 2023. The film follows “The Killer” as he fights his employers, and himself, on an international manhunt he insists isn’t emotional. In the film, he stars alongside actors and actresses such as
Michael Fassbender Movies and TV Shows
Fassbender has acted in numerous films and TV shows during his career such as;
- A Dangerous Method
- Murphy’s Law
- Assassin’s Creed
- Alien: Covenant
- Next Goal Wins
- Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
- Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking
- Wedding Belles
- The Devil’s Whore
- Michael Fassbender: Road to Le Mans