Michael Ironside


MICHAEL IRONSIDE (actor; Canada)

Guest appearance: Sunday 7. April 2024

Michael Ironside is a Canadian actor, voice artist, and filmmaker. He attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. At age 15, he wrote a play called The Shelter, which won first prize in a university contest. He also won the senior year writing award at Riverdale Collegiate Institute in 1968.

A prominent character actor with over 270 film and television credits, he is known for playing villains and antiheroes, but has also portrayed sympathetic characters. He is best known for his roles in action and science fiction films and had his breakthrough performance in the 1981 David Cronenberg film SCANNERS.

Ironside's other notable roles include Ham Tyler in the television miniseries V: THE FINAL BATTLE and its following 19-episode series. He is also known for his roles in TOP GUN as Rick "Jester" Heatherly, and TOTAL RECALL as Richter, the murderous henchman. Ironside played the villainous General Katana in the science fiction sequel HIGHLANDER II: THE QUICKENING. In 1993, he played Dial, the main antagonist of FREE WILLY. Ironside was reunited with Total Recall director Paul Verhoeven for STARSHIP TROOPERS. Ironside starred as General Hugh Ashdown in TERMINATOR SALVATION, reunited with his co-star from THE MACHINIST, Christian Bale.

Ironside guest starred in tv series as STARGATE SG-1, SMALLVILLE, FLASH, ANDROMEDA.

His signature deep voice has been lent to various video games and animated television shows. Ironside has worked in video games as the voice of character Sam Fisher in the TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL games and Jack Granger in COMMAND & CONQUER 3: TIBERIUM WARS.