Frederick Reginald Ironside (born February 12, 1950), known as Michael
Ironside, is a Canadian actor. He has worked as a voice actor,
producer, film director, and screenwriter in movie and television
series in various Canadian and American productions. He is best known
for playing villains and "tough guy" heroes, though he has also
portrayed sympathetic characters. Ironside is a method actor, who
stays in character between filming scenes.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
6 External links
Ironside was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Robert Walter
Ironside and Patricia June (Passmore). His father was a street
lighting technician and laborer and his mother a housewife. He is
of English, Irish and Scottish descent, and is one of five
children. Ironside attended the
Ontario College of Art
Ontario College of Art in Toronto
and at age fifteen wrote a play, The Shelter, which won the first
prize in a university contest. He also won the Senior writing award
Riverdale Collegiate Institute
Riverdale Collegiate Institute in 1967. (Riverdale yearbook:
In a January 2010 interview, Ironside stated in response to a question
about his many roles in science fiction films that he has always been
a big fan of science fiction and often received science fiction short
story collections from his grandfather that he kept in a shoebox under
his bed. He stated that his favourite science fiction novels are Dune
Frank Herbert and "anything involving adventure."
Ironside specializes in playing villains and tough-guys. One of his
first roles was as evil telepath Darryl Revok in
Scanners (1981), an
early film by David Cronenberg. He played the role of a serial killer,
Colt Hawker, in the 1982 slasher film Visiting Hours, directed by
Jean-Claude Lord, and appeared as Miler Crane in
The A-Team episode
"Taxicab Wars" (1983). His breakthrough role was as cynical anti-hero
Ham Tyler in the television miniseries V: The Final Battle (1984). He
is also known for his roles in
Top Gun (1986) as Naval Aviator
Lieutenant Commander Rick "Jester" Heatherly, Extreme Prejudice (1987)
as Major Paul Hackett, Watchers (1988) as a conscience-free mutant
assassin, and Total Recall (1990) as Richter, the murderous henchman
of Ronny Cox's villain Cohaagen. Ironside played the villainous
General Katana in the science fiction sequel Highlander II: The
Quickening (1991) and, after a brief stint in ER's inaugural season,
he was tapped to replace
Roy Scheider as captain of the high-tech
submarine seaQuest in the third season of seaQuest DSV as Captain
Oliver Hudson. However,
NBC cancelled the series after only thirteen
episodes with Ironside as the star. In 1992, he starred as M. Emmet
Walsh's brother in David Winning's thriller Killer Image. In 1997,
Ironside was reunited with Total Recall director
Paul Verhoeven for
Starship Troopers. He appeared in The Perfect Storm (2000) and The
Machinist (2004). He starred in the film
Chaindance as a small-time
crook, unable to make it on the outside, who was paired up with a
handicapped man. Ironside starred as Resistance General Hugh Ashdown
in Terminator Salvation, reunited with his co-star from The Machinist,
He voiced comic book villain
Darkseid in Superman: The Animated Series
and its sequel, Justice League. In one episode of The New Batman
Adventures, he voiced
Batman in a Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
sequence. Another part he played in the DC Comics universe was Lois
Lane's father, General Sam Lane in three episodes of Smallville.
He has worked in video games as the voice of Tom Clancy's character
Sam Fisher in the
Splinter Cell games and is cast as the Global
Defense Initiative's Lieutenant General Jack Granger in Command &
Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. Ironside signed a 5-year deal to portray
Captain Jonas Trager in the SpaceWorks Television science fiction
series, Ice Planet but the show was not produced.
In 2009, he starred in The Beacon under the direction of Michael
In 2010, Ironside guest starred in Season 4, Episode 1 ("Friends and
Enemies") of Burn Notice.
In 2011, Ironside appeared in the film: X-Men: First Class, playing
the Captain of the 7th Fleet. He appeared in Justified playing a
supporting role as a
Detroit hitman the following year. He also voiced
the role of
Ultra Magnus in season 3 of the
Transformers Prime Beast
Hunters television series in 2013.
Ironside appeared in
Walker, Texas Ranger
Walker, Texas Ranger as The Chairman whose plan
was to eliminate high level agencies such as the FBI, Texas Rangers,
In 2015 he appeared in the television series The Flash as Lewis Snart,
the father of Captain Cold.
Also in 2015, he starred as the main villain Zeus in the cult hit film
Ironside is married to Karen Marls Dinwiddie. Michael and Karen have
two daughters: Adrienne Lynn Ironside (from Ironside's previous
marriage) and Findlay Ironside (born 1998).
He has survived both thyroid and prostate cancer.
Michael Ironside filmography
^ "Michael Ironside". Canadianactors.info. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
^ Allis, Tim. "A Face You Can't Totally Recall? Bad Guy Michael
Ironside Chased Arnold Schwarzenegger to Mars". People.com. Retrieved
Michael Ironside Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com.
^ a b c "Exclusive:
Michael Ironside Talks Turbo Kid". IGN.
2010-06-02. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
^ "Burn Notice: "Friends and Enemies" Review". IGN. 2010-06-02.
Michael Ironside on IMDb
Michael Ironside at AllMovie
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