Birth Name: Michael Ironside
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA
Born Frederick Reginald Ironside on Feb. 12, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he was one of five children by Robert Ironside, a street lighting technician, and wife Patricia, a homemaker. His father instilled a love for the written word in him at an early age, and he wrote his first play, "The Shelter," at the age of 16. The script won the top prize in a nationwide university contest, and Ironside used the money to mount a stage production of his work. While a student at the Ontario College of Art, he directed and starred in a 15-minute short called "Down Where the Lights Are," which caught the attention of actor-director Janine Manatis, who became his acting teacher prior to three years of...
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