Michael Fassbender biography
Michael Fassbender was born April 2, 1977 in Heidelberg, Germany. In 2007, he caught the public's eye in the film 300 and also appeared in Angel. In 2008, he played Bobby Sands in Hunger. He starred in Inglorious Basterds in 2009 and Centurion in 2010. He held starring roles in 2011's Dangerous Method, Shame, X-men: First Class and 2012's Prometheus. In 2013, Fassbender appeared in 12 Years a Slave.
Michael Fassbender was born on April 2, 1977, in Heidelberg, Germany. His mother, Adele, is Irish, and his father, a former chef named Josef, is German. When Fassbender was a toddler, he and his family moved to Killarney, Ireland. Subsequently, Michael Fassbender speaks with an Irish accent. In Killarney Fassbender's parents ran a restaurant called West End House. They have since retired, and, retaining their ownership, have leased the restaurant out to new managers.
Fassbender received his primary education at Fossa National School, and then continued on to secondary school at St. Brendan’s College. As a teenager, he took a drama class hosted by Donie Courtney. Afterward, he enrolled in theater and acting classes at the Drama Centre London.
Fassbender started acting at the age of 16, when his former teacher, Donie Courtney, offered him roles with Courtney’s theater troupe, Bricriu. When Fassbender was 17, he was hired to produce, direct and act in a stage adaptation of Quentin Tarantino's movie Reservoir Dogs. Fassbender continued to act on stage through 2006, when he co-starred with Mel Smith in the play Allegiance, which was featured in that year's Edinburgh Film Festival.
That same year, Fassbender made his breakthrough film performance as the warrior Spartan Stelios in Frank Miller's 300, which was released in 2007 to commercial success. The film Angel, in which Fassbender played a painter named Esmé, was also released in 2007.
Fassbender's role in the 2008 Steve McQueen film Hunger required Fassbender to lose a staggering 31 pounds. His unflinching commitment to the role of Irish Republican Bobby Sands paid off when he was awarded the British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an actor, and his performance garnered additional praise at the Cannes Film Festival.
Fassbender’s critical acclaim landed him a romantic role in Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank. His success at Cannes also reminded director Quentin Tarantino of the young actor's talent. Tarantino personally invited Fassbender to play Lieutenant Archie Hicox in the 2009 war film Inglorious Basterds.
In 2010, Fassbender appeared in the films Jonah Hex and Centurion. The following year brought the release of several successful films in which Fassbender held starring roles, including Dangerous Method, Steve McQueen's Shame, and the comic-book-based action film X-men: First Class.
In 2012, Fassbender co-starred with Noomi Rapace in director Ridley Scott's Prometheus, a prequel to the Alien movie series.
He appeared in a very different type of project the following year. He portrayed a vicious slave owner in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave (2013). The film follows the true life story of a free African American (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) from the North who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South.
Fassbender will return the X-Men franchise for the 2014 action epic X-Men: Days of Future Past. He is also slated to star in and produce a film version of Ubisoft's video game series Assassin's Creed for Sony Pictures.
Regarding the broad diversity of his acting roles, Fassbender has explained, "I don't want to stay in my comfort zone. I want to take risks and keep myself scared.”
Along with his film success, Fassbender has generated his fair share of romantic interest. In 2011, he dated Zoe Kravitz, daughter of actress Lisa Bonet and rock musician Lenny Kravitz. The two were co-stars in the movie X-men: First Class. Although the relationship did not last, they have reportedly remained friends after their breakup.
In 2012, Fassbender started dating his Shame co-star, actress Nicole Beharie. Ever the professional, Fassbender insists on not mixing business with pleasure. Of his relationship with Beharie, he told GQ magazine, "Nothing happened while we were filming." He went on to clarify how the relationship bloomed: "We started talking more on the promotion thing. So, yeah, it just sort of unfolded like that."