Michael Fassbender is an Irish actor who was born in Germany.
Although his career stretches back to the 2001 HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” Fassbender first reached mainstream consciousness in Zack Snyder’s surprise smash hit “300” (2006).
In perhaps his most physically impressive performance to date, Michael portrayed famous hunger striker Bobby Sands in the 2008 movie “Hunger,” losing an incredible amount of weight in order to realistically portray the emaciated Sands.
He then went on to appear in notable films such as “Inglourious Basterds” (2009), “12 Years a Slave” (2013), “Steve Jobs” (2015), and several movies in the massively successful “X-Men” franchise.
In 2020, “The Irish Times” ranked Fassbender #9 on their “50 greatest Irish film actors of all time” list.
Though he is primarily known for his film work, Michael is also passionate about auto racing and has been competing since 2017; he has participated in the Ferrari Challenge, the German Porsche Racing Experience, and the Proton Competition.
Who is Michael Fassbender?
Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, West Germany, on 2 April 1977, the son of an Irish mother Adele (from Larne) and German father Josef Fassbender. He has an older sister named Catherine, who is a neuropsychologist at the MIND Institute in Sacramento, California.
According to lore on his mother’s side of family, his mother is the great-grandniece of Michael Collins, an Irish leader during the War of Independence.
When Fassbender was two years old, his parents moved with him to Killarney in Ireland to operate the West End House, a restaurant where his father also worked as a chef.
His parents chose Killarney because they wanted their children to grow up in the countryside, in contrast to the industrial backdrop of their previous German residence.
Fassbender was raised Catholic and served as an altar boy at the church his family attended. He and his sister spent summer holidays in Germany.
He attended Fossa National School near Killarney and St. Brendan’s College in Killarney itself. He decided that he wanted to be an actor at age 17 when he was cast in a play.
At 19, he left home to study at the Drama Centre London. In 1999, he dropped out of the Drama Centre and toured with the Oxford Stage Company to perform the play Three Sisters.
Before finding steady work as an actor, he worked as a bartender, postman, manual labourer, market researcher for Royal Mail, and Dell employee.
Michael Fassbender has starred in various films and TV shows since 2001. Some of his notable roles and achievements are:
Bobby Sands in Hunger (2008), for which he won a British Independent Film Award.
Magneto in the X-Men franchise (2011-2016), a Marvel antihero with magnetic powers.
David 8 and Walter One in Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017), two androids with different personalities and agendas.
Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave (2013), a cruel slave owner who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs (2015), the biopic of the Apple co-founder who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
The Killer in The Killer (2023), a thriller directed by David Fincher based on a graphic novel.
Michael Fassbender Wife
Michael Fassbender’s wife is Alicia Vikander, a Swedish actress who won an Academy Award for her role in The Danish Girl.
They met on the set of The Light Between Oceans in 2014 and got married in Ibiza in 2017.
Michael Fassbender Children
Michael Fassbender has one child, a son named Mark Fassbender, who was born on August 3, 2021.
Michael Fassbender Parents
Michael Fassbender’s parents are Josef Fassbender and Adele Fassbender.
His father is a German chef and his mother is an Irish woman from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland.
Michael Fassbender Siblings
Michael Fassbender has one sibling, an older sister named Catherine Fassbender.
Michael Fassbender Family tree
Wife: Alicia Vikander (m. 2017)
Father: Josef Fassbender
Mother: Adele Fassbender
Siblings: Catherine Fassbender
Michael Fassbender Net worth
According to celebritynetworth.com, Michael Fassbender has a net worth of $40 million as of 2023.
He earns his income from his acting and racing career, as well as from endorsements and sponsorships.
He typically earns between $8 million and $12 million per role, depending on the project.
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