Celebrate Michael Fassbender’s Birthday With a Look at His Most Recognizable Roles
The Irish actor began his acting career when he was sixteen in theater roles offered by a former teacher. Fassbender moved on to television by the time he was 24, earning his first on-screen credit in the television series, Hearts and Bones.
By 2006, Fassbender moved on to the big screen, starring as Stelios in the commercially successful 300. The actor began gaining a lot of momentum in the U.K for starring in roles such as Hunger and Fish Tank, which earned him recognition at the British Independent Film Awards. He also starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds as Lieutenant Archie Hicox. However, his breakout role didn’t come out until 2011 when he played sex crazed Brandon in Shame, which gained him popularity amongst critics for his performance, and garnered attention amongst viewers for his full frontal nudity. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for this performance.
By 2014, Fassbender went on to receive his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, playing Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave. Most recently he was nominated for several different accolades this awards season for playing Steve Jobs.
The actor has several different anticipated films coming up, including The Light Between Oceans, co-starring girlfriend and oscar winner, Alicia Vikander. He will also be reprising his roles as David in the sequel to Prometheus, Alien: Covenant, and Magneto in this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse.