This list features photos of a very handsome young Ian McKellen, the dashing English actor who has been the recipient of multiple awards, including six Laurence Oliver Awards, a Golden Globe, two Saturn Awards, a Tony Award and two Critic’s Choice Awards, among others. Before he was knighted, McKellen launched his career on the theater stage. In 1979, McKellen was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire. England knighted him in 1991 for his involvement in the performing arts. He appeared in several theater performances during his years at Cambridge, which launched him into the British spotlight. He went on to star in many blockbusters films, including his role of Gandalf in the popular “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and the villain Magneto in the “X-Men” series. Check out these awesome photos of a very handsome Ian McKellen when he was young, all of which are in black and white.