Michael Ironside

Actor, Screenwriter, Producer
Immediately recognizable to film and television audiences for his piercing gaze and gravelly tones, Michael Ironside was a character actor who essayed powerful, often dangerous figures on both sides of the law in ... Read more »
Born: 02/11/1950 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (154)

88 2015 (Movie)

Sheriff Knowles (Actor)

Turbo Kid 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Desecrated 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Extraterrestrial 2014 (Movie)

Travis (Actor)

Extreme Honor 2014 (Movie)

Baker (Actor)

Hardwired 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ice Soldiers 2014 (Movie)

Col. Desmond Trump (Actor)

Manhunt (Philo Films) 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stay 2014 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Beacon 2014 (Movie)

Officer Ned Hutton (Actor)

Transgression 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Fighting Man 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vegas 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

XIII 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Community 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bannen Way 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

X-Men: First Class 2011 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Burn Notice 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Castle 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smallville 2004, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eva 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Surveillance 2009 (Movie)

Captain Billings (Actor)

Terminator Salvation 2009 (Movie)

General Ashdown (Actor)

Wolverine and the X-Men 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

Criminal Minds 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Alphabet Killer 2008 (Movie)

Capt. Nathan Norcross (Actor)

The Jazzman 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Masters of Horror 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stargate SG-1 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

1st Bite 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Guy X 2005 (Movie)

Guy X (Actor)

Reeker 2005 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Blades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Water 2004 (Movie)

Walnut (Actor)

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Medical Investigation 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Machinist 2004 (Movie)

Miller (Actor)

Maximum Velocity 2003 (Movie)

General Amberson (Actor)

Cause of Death 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The District 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Elevator 2002 (Movie)

Steinberg (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ivory Tower 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Asian Connection: Road to Mandalay 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Children of the Corn: Revelation 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crime and Punishment in Suburbia 2000 (Movie)

Fred Skolnik (Actor)

Heavy Metal 2000 2000 (Movie)

Tyler (Actor)

Supercarrier Is Burning: The U.S.S. Enterprise 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

Bob Brown (Actor)

A Twist of Faith 1999 (Movie)

Alex Hunt (Actor)

Black Light 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Desert Blue 1999 (Movie)

Agent Bellows (Actor)

Johnny 2.0 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Southern Cross 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Omega Code 1999 (Movie)

Dominic (Actor)

Blood Money 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Captive 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chicago Cab 1998 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

ER 1995 - 1996, 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Going to Kansas City 1998 (Movie)

Mike Malone (Actor)

Rebel Run 1997 (Movie)

Billy Niles (Actor)

Starship Troopers 1997 (Movie)

Jean Rasczak (Actor)

The Godson 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

One Way Out 1996 (Movie)

Walt (Actor)

One of Our Own 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Portraits of a Killer 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Robin Cook's Terminal 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

SeaQuest 2032 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comes the Dawn 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Major Payne 1995 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Stone (Actor)

Red Scorpion 2 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Glass Shield 1995 (Movie)

Baker (Actor)

Too Fast Too Young 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fortunes of War 1994 (Movie)

Carl Pimmler (Actor)

Kids of the Round Table 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Red Scorpion 2 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Destiny of Marty Fine 1994 (Movie)

Capelli (Actor)

The Next Karate Kid 1994 (Movie)

Colonel Dugan (Actor)

Tokyo Cowboy 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Father Hood 1993 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Forced to Kill 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Free Willy 1993 (Movie)

Dial (Actor)

Marked For Murder 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Point of Impact 1993 (Movie)

Roberto Largo (Actor)

Save Me 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sweet Killing 1993 (Movie)

Detective Garcia (Actor)

The Killing Man 1993 (Movie)

Mr Green (Actor)

Black Ice 1992 (Movie)

Quinn (Actor)

Killer Image 1992 (Movie)

Luther (Actor)

Mardi Gras for the Devil 1992 (Movie)

Bishop (Actor)

The Vagrant 1992 (Movie)

Lieutenant Ralf Barfuss (Actor)

Cafe Romeo 1991 (Movie)

Natino (Actor)

Chaindance 1991 (Movie)

J T Blake (Actor)

Drop Dead Gorgeous 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Highlander II: the Quickening 1991 (Movie)

General Katana (Actor)

McBain 1991 (Movie)

Frank Bruce (Actor)

Neon City 1991 (Movie)

Harry Stark (Actor)

Payback 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Sacrifice 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Total Recall 1990 (Movie)

Richter (Actor)

Destiny to Order 1989 (Movie)

Kenrick (Actor)

Mind Field 1989 (Movie)

Kellen O'Reilly (Actor)

Thunderground 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II 1988 (Movie)

Principal Bill Nordham (Actor)

Watchers 1988 (Movie)

Lem (Actor)

Extreme Prejudice 1987 (Movie)

Major Paul Hackett (Actor)

Nowhere to Hide 1987 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Office Party 1987 (Movie)

Larry Gaylord (Actor)

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 (Movie)

Detective Lawrence (Actor)

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

Jester (Actor)

The Falcon and the Snowman 1985 (Movie)

FBI Agent (Actor)

V: The Series 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

V: The Final Battle 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Best Revenge 1983 (Movie)

Dealer (Actor)

Spacehunter 1983 (Movie)

Overdog McNabb (Actor)

The Surrogate 1983 (Movie)

George Kyber (Actor)

Cross-Country 1982 (Movie)

Ed Roersch (Actor)

Visiting Hours 1982 (Movie)

Colt Hawker (Actor)

American Nightmare 1981 (Movie)

Detective Skylar (Actor)

Scanners 1981 (Movie)

Darryl Revok (Actor)

Surfacing 1980 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

The Family Man 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Suzanne 1979 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

High-ballin' 1978 (Movie)

Butch (Actor)

I, Maureen 1977 (Movie)

Dr Paul Johnson (Actor)

Black Light (Movie)

(Actor)

Bloodsuckers (TV Show)

Actor

Borderline Normal (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Awake (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Man's Revenge (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Surveillance (TV Show)

Actor

Guncrazy (TV Show)

Actor

Jett Jackson -- The Movie (TV Show)

Actor

Kids of the Round Table (TV Show)

Actor

Lake Placid 3 (TV Show)

Actor

Marked for Murder (Movie)

Bats O'Bannion (Actor)

Mindstorm (TV Show)

Actor

Murder By Night (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Space (TV Show)

Actor

Nuremberg (TV Show)

Actor

Probable Cause (TV Show)

Actor

Question of Privilege (TV Show)

Actor

Red Sun Rising (TV Show)

Actor

Soulkeeper (TV Show)

Actor

Storm Cell (TV Show)

Actor

The Sins of Dorian Gray (TV Show)

Actor

Voyage of Terror (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

One of Our Own 1996 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Chaindance 1991 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

Immediately recognizable to film and television audiences for his piercing gaze and gravelly tones, Michael Ironside was a character actor who essayed powerful, often dangerous figures on both sides of the law in countless films, including "Top Gun" (1986), "Total Recall" (1990) and "Terminator Salvation" (2009). He burst onto the international scene as a malevolent telepath in David Cronenberg's gory "Scanners" (1981) and bounced between heels and anti-heroes for the next decade. His ubiquitous presence in everything from low-budget thrillers to straight drama boosted him to Hollywood features in the late '80s and early '90s, as well as television series like "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and "Seaquest DSV" (NBC, 1993-96), and continued to divide his time between mainstream and indie product well into the next millennium. His vast body of work and undeniable screen presence made him a favorite among cult movie fans and tough guy aficionados for nearly four decades.

Relationships

Robert Walter Ironside

Father

Patricia June Ironside

Mother

Karen Ironside

Wife
married c. 1983

Adrienne Ironside

Daughter
born c 1974 mother is Ironside's first wife acted with father in "Captive" (lensed 1997)

EDUCATION

Ontario College of Art

Toronto , Ontario
graduated; trained a fifth year as a teaching aide

Milestones

2004

Starred with Christian Bale in "The Machinist"

2000

Had featured role in "The Perfect Storm"

2000

Played the abusive, alcoholic stepfather in "Crime and Punishment in Suburbia"

1998

Starred opposite Frederic Forrest in "One of Our Own"

1997

Reteamed with Verhoeven for "Starship Troopers"

1994

Created the recurring character of Dr William Swift on the hit NBC medical drama "ER"

1994

Starred with Bruce Dern in USA Network movie "Dead Man's Revenge"

1994

Played Colonel Dugan (the villain opposing Pat Morita) in "The Next Karate Kid"

1994

Joined cast of the NBC series "seaQuest DSV"

1991

Feature screenwriting and co-producing debut (also actor), "Chaindance"

1990

First film with director Paul Verhoeven, "Total Recall", playing the sociopathic intelligence agent Richter

1987

Portrayed Harry Bennett in syndicated miniseries "Ford: The Man and the Machine"

1987

Led a hi-tech commando unit in Walter Hill's "Extreme Prejudice"

1986

Appeared as Tom Cruise's flight instructor Dick 'Jester' Weatherly in Tony Scott's "Top Gun"

1984

Had a lead role in the NBC miniseries "V: The Final Battle" and its subsequent spin-off "V: The Series"

1983

Moved to L.A.

1980

Shone in David Cronenberg's "Scanners"; Cronenberg rewrote and expanded the part of Darryl Revok for Ironside

1979

American TV-movie debut, "The Family Man" (CBS)

1978

Feature acting debut, "High-ballin'"

1965

Wrote first play at age 15, "The Shelter", which won first prize in a Canada-wide university contest; produced the play with the prize money

Formed Wilmont Productions with producer Richard Davis

Canadian TV debut, "Look Back in Anger"

While in college, wrote, directed, edited, produced and acted in first film, "Down Where the Lights Are", attracting the attention of actor-director Janine Manatis, whom Ironside has called a major influence

Bonus Trivia

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"My perceptions of who I am as opposed to the characters I'm playing are usually very, very different. I've played a lot of violent characters in the past, a lot of people who have been very sociopathic, psychopathic, psychotic, sick individuals, people who have illnesses. And I'm not. I'm basically a dove, I don't believe violence really solves anything, and I do play violence as an illness, and a desperation." --Michael Ironside to HOLLYWOOD ONLINE, 1997

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On paying dues: "It's not the scrimping [while you try to find work] . . . It's the emotional pain of coming in second for parts. That's what busts people and breaks their hearts. [And] do you take a stupid role to pay the rent or hang out to wait for something you respect." --Ironside in USA TODAY, December 5, 1997

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On the advantage of being from Canada: "Because the money scale is so low, if you're going to commit to the Canadian film industry, you have to commit completely. I went into it because I wanted to do it, not because I wanted to be somebody. There was always a work ethic involved, and by the time Canadians get here, they know their s--t." --Michael Ironside in DAILY NEWS, July 27, 1993

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Ironside can trace his ancestry back to the 13th Century English feudal king Edmund Ironside.

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