Michael Fassbender

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Fassbender in 2012, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany (now Germany)

Date of Birth: 2 April, 1977

*German (father)
*Irish (mother)

Michael Fassbender is a German and Irish actor, producer, and racing driver. He has starred in the films 300, Angel (2007), Hunger (2008), Eden Lake, Blood Creek, Fish Tank, Inglourious Basterds, Jonah Hex, Centurion, Jane Eyre (2011), the 2010s X-Men installments, A Dangerous Method, Shame, Haywire, Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave, The Counselor, Frank, Slow West, Steve Jobs, Macbeth (2015), The Light Between Oceans, Trespass Against Us, Assassin’s Creed, Song to Song, Alien: Covenant, The Snowman (2017), and The Killer (2023), and television’s Band of Brothers, A Bear Named Winnie, Hex, and The Devil’s Whore. He races for Proton Competition in the European Le Mans Series.

He was born in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany. His father, Josef Fassbender, is German. His mother, Adele, is Irish, from Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. When he was two, his family moved to Killarney, County Kerry, in the Republic of Ireland, where he was raised. His father was a chef at West End House, the family’s restaurant in Killarney. He was raised Catholic.

Michael is married to Swedish actress and dancer Alicia Vikander, with whom he has a son.

Michael is said to be related to Irish independence leader and politician Michael Collins. It is not clear if this genealogical connection has been verified.


Curious about ethnicity

37 Responses

  1. Friedrik533 says:

    well this guy truly gives german vibes though he is irish as well.

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    Really looks more german than anything else, his face structure is very germanic.

  3. Obey says:

    I do not know why people stereotype German so much? Germans are not all blond and blue-eyed. Fasbender could even be a Spanish, French or Portuguese. On the contrary, I have seen countless dark and dark-eyed Germans, even though they are children of blond relatives. A totally alienated view and a lot of stereotype that German has to be tall and headstrong as well.

  4. Bigus Dickus says:

    did you know that germans look different from region to region? you think west germans look the same like east germans or north germans look like south germans? they all look different, there is no “typical” german, germans are mixed with celtic nordic slavic baltic jewish dna

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