Michael Ironside

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Real Name:
Fred Ironside
February 12, 1950
Birth Place:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Married Karen Dinwiddie on 9/30/86
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My celebrity is really good at playing the bad guy. Some "bad guy" movies are:

And, my celebrity is also great at playing the good guy. Some "good guy" movies are:
COMMON BONDS (produced and co-wrote)
MINDFIELD (includes the famous naked butt scene)
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Michael was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His father Robert Walter Ironside was a street lighting technician and laborer. On a sad note, Michael's father passed away the latter part of 2000. The obituary in the Toronto Star read: IRONSIDE, Robert Walter (WW II Veteran R.C.A.F.) Suddenly at his residence in Apsley on Friday, November 10, 2000, in his 75th year. Robert Ironside, beloved husband of the late Patricia June Ironside (Passmore). Loving father of Frederick Reginald Ironside (Michael) and his wife Karen of Los Angeles, California; Winnifred Rosalie Rayment (nee Ironside) and her husband Brian of Apsley; William Gregory Findlay Ironside and his wife Andrea Pollock of Toronto; Robert Bruce James Ironside and his wife Kathy Aitkens of Peterborough; and Beverley Diane Foley (nee Ironside) and her husband Howard of Colborne. Sadly missed by grandchildren Andrienne (Toochie), Findlay, Aaron, Mikael, Andrew, Amanda, Jessica, David, Katy, Liz, Bronwin, Arthur, Briar. Loved by many nieces and nephews, and all who knew him. Predeceased by parents Findlay Ironside (first 100,000 with the Gordon's World War I) and Rosalie Kirby and brother Arthur Findlay Ironside (WW II Toronto Scottish Regiment). In accordance with Robert's wishes cremation has taken place. Friends may call at the NISBETT FUNERAL HOME, 600 Monaghan Road South, Peterborough, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 381, Apsley will hold a Legion Service on Wednesday, November 15, 2000, at 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment St. Joseph's Cemetery, Beaverton. As an expression of sympathy donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. *My condolences to the Ironsides.*

Ironside wrote and produced his first theatrical play, "The Shelter," at age 16. In 1977 he made his dramatic debut in the Canadian Broadcasting Company production of "Look Back in Anger," in which he played the lead character, Jimmy Porter. Michael's siblings are Beverly, Winifred (Windy for short), Robert, and William.

Since then, Ironside has become one of Canada's most visible and versatile performers, appearing in many major television programs and films. In 1981, the Canadian Academy of Motion Pictures nominated him for best supporting actor in the David Cronenberg thriller, "Scanners." Other notable performances include starring roles in "Visiting Hours," "Cross Country," and, for the CBC, "Clown White" (in which he sings--full version sound byte available upon request), and "Paid Vacation."

He has a daughter, Adrienne Ironside, from his first marriage. She is an inspiring actress and has just debuted in the movie "The Captive" (1998). Her father has a supporting role.

Michael married for the second time to a model named Karen Dinwiddie on September 30, 1986. As of 1998, she was expecting their first child together. Word is the baby is a girl named Findlay born in spring of 1999. Karen Ironside herself has written and directed a short film (16 minutes long) entitled "Scraps" (1997). It is about an angry young girl in the midst of womanhood trying to ask for help from her sister in this harrowing and raw portrait of a dysfunctional relationship.

Jeannine M. has an interesting story about a female stalker and Karen. As the story went, she met a woman at a convention called "World Con." A companion and Jeannine attended the World Con that was in Baltimore last summer (1998?) and she was looking around the dealer's room for Mike stuff, "Scanners," "V," etc. She was looking at this one photo and mentioned that she was looking for Michael Ironside pictures. This lady in the next booth overheard her and commented on her choices, and they started talking about Mike and the lady said she knew him since he made "Top Gun!" In fact, she said that he was upset about how short they had cut his hair, a real buzz-cut, and when she saw him he said, "Please, don't look at my head!" Then he went on to joke about how everyone had to get their hair cut and couldn't wear anything but flat shoes so no one would look taller than Tom Cruise!

She went on to say he had just gotten "officially" engaged to Karen (1986?) and while there was talk about a "V" reunion at a convention there in L.A., Karen started getting all kinds of weird letters and such and threatening phone calls. She and Mike were living together at this time too. Now, this nut wanted to try and kill Karen so that Mike would forget about getting married and she would try to get him for herself!

She (the nut) found photos in the LADIES HOME JOURNAL of Karen modeling bathing suits, slashed them into pieces, mailed them to Karen, and said that was going to happen to Karen unless she left Mike. The crazy lady also had a small vial of sulphuric acid that she was going throw into Karen's face thinking if she was disfigured, Mike would leave her. She was eventually arrested outside of Mike and Karen's home with the acid in her purse, just waiting for an opportunity to use it!

What happened as far as sentencing, the lady Jeannine met did not say.

What she did say was how odd it is that he is so well known for playing bad guys and he is as opposite of that type as a person could be. She said, "Here is this intelligent, thoughtful, soft spoken, courtly gentleman who is very caring, sensitive person and yet he's the one that plays these kind of roles."

She also mentioned how amazed she was that Mike and Mickey Jones were such close friends, even though Mickey is everything Mike isn't: "He's a big redneck who loves guns and hunting and such." She found that really surprising since Mike has stated on many occasions how he detests guns and violence in real life and would never have a gun in his home.

That's why Mike won't do personal appearances, unless he absolutely had to. Of course he had to for "Starship Troopers." He was the only person in the film anyone would recognize with their clothes on! (Thanks Jeannine!)