Michael Fassbender is a German-born Irish actor and film producer. The handsome actor’s meteoric rise to fame is laudable and today, he is widely known for successful roles in TV and film. Some of his works include 300, Inglourious Basterds, Assassins Creed and The X-Men series. He has also had a dosage of controversies that trail him. Read on to get more quick facts about this actor – his wife, net worth, bio, ethnicity, and other things you’ll like to know.
Bio – Age, Nationality & Ethnicity
Michael was born as Michael Fassbender on April 2, 1977, in Heidelberg, Germany. His father is Josef Fassbender while his mother’s name is Adele. His parents once owned a restaurant called West End House because his father was a chef and when his parents retired, they leased the restaurant to someone else to manage. Michael’s older sister is a neuropsychologist and her name is Catherine Fassbender. He is of mixed ancestry as the father is German and his mother is Irish, from Larne, County Antrim, as a result, he has both Irish and German nationalities and belongs to the white ethnicity. Even though he was born in Germany, Michael was raised in Ireland because his parents moved to Killarney (in south-west Ireland) from Germany when he was just 2 years old. He served as an altar boy in the Catholic church while he was growing up as his parents were Catholics.
Michael attended Fossa National School in Killarney and proceeded to attend St. Brendan’s College. Becoming an actor was never in the picture for Michael until he was given a role in one of Donal Courtney’s play when he was 17. After acting his part in the play, he developed a love for acting and decided he would become an actor. To achieve that dream, he left home at age 19 and moved to London where he honed his acting skills at the British drama school, Drama Centre London. Having left home, he had to fend for himself and so getting a job became inevitable as the bills were piling up. In 1999, Michael dropped out of the drama institute he was attending and went on tours with the Oxford Stage Company where they performed the play Three Sisters and after that, he worked as a postman, a bartender, a market researcher before his big break in the movies.
Michael Fassbender’s Career & Net Worth
Michael Fassbender’s professional career began when he made his TV screen debut in 2001 with HBO award-winning television TV series Band of Brothers where he interpreted the character of Burton “Pat” Christenson. Between 2002 and 2008, he got roles in other TV shows such as NCS: Manhunt, Holby City, Gunpowder, Treason & Plot, Hex, Murphy’s Law, Our Hidden Lives, Trial & Retribution, The Devils Whore, to mention a few.
His first film role came in 2006 with Zack Snyder’s Sparta film, 300. Michael went on to feature in so many other films including Eden Lake (2008), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Centurion (2010), X-Men: First Class and Shame (2011), Prometheus (2012), 12 Years A Slave (2013), Macbeth and Steve Jobs (2015), Assassin’s Creed (2016), Alien: Covenant (2017) X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2018).
Michael Fassbender is a rich guy who has made quite a fortune with his roles in movies. He also co-owns a movie production company known as Finn McCool Films with Hollywood screenwriter, Ronan Bennett. All these combined puts Michael’s net worth at $30 million.
Married Life – Wife, Kids
Michael Fassbender has had a fair share of women but he is off the market at the moment. He is married to popular Swedish and Oscar award-winning actress, Alicia Vikander. They first met in 2014 at the Toronto International Film Festival and then they started dating. They co-starred in a movie in 2016 – The Light Between Oceans – before getting married on October 14, 2017, in a quiet and private wedding party in Ibiza, Spain. The couple live in Lisbon, Portugal and they don’t have any kids yet.
Before he settled down with the “Tulip Fever” actress, Michael has dated so many beautiful women in and around Hollywood. He dated actress Sunawin Leasi Andrews briefly from 2009 to 2010 and then dated his co-star in the movie X-Men: First Class, Zoe Kravitz, daughter of actress Lisa Bonet for about a year too – 2010-2011. Again, Michael met Nicole Beharie, his co-star in the film, Shame and they started dating in 2012. Michael seems to have a habit of mixing business with pleasure as most of his ex-girlfriends, including his wife, Alicia were his co-stars in one film or the other. In 2013, the “Assassin Creed” actor was romantically linked with model Madalina Diana Ghenea and Louise Hazel.
The rumour mill always finds something to circulate even though the couple tries to keep details of their relationship under wraps. Recently, the tabloids were awash with news that the couple had broken up and based their gossip on the fact that Michael was not with his wife, Alicia when she won an Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards. Although the couple did not come out to deny or confirm the rumours, sources close to the couple has denounced the information as a baseless rumour, claiming that the couple are still together and happy with each other.
Quick Facts About Michael Fassbender – Controversy, Body Measurements, Height
In 2017, reports of how Michael Fassbender’s first publicly known girlfriend, ex-model and actress, Sunawin Andrews accused the producer cum actor of gross domestic violence which happened while they were still an item in 2009 began to resurface again (thanks to the #MeToo and #TimesUp hashtags). She had claimed the actor left her on two distinct occasions with bruises and she also claimed that at one point he flung her against a chair and she broke her nose. Her crime? She tried to wake a drunk Michael up.
According to the reports, Andrews had filed a case to a court asking for a restraining order against Michael in March 2010 which was granted before she withdrew her case from the court one month later in April 2010. According to the papers she filed in court, Andrews claimed Michael at one time, dragged her with his car in rage because her ex-boyfriend said ‘hello’ to her at a dinner. This incident according to the papers led to severe injuries including twisting her ankle and blowing out her kneecap, plus she was bleeding from her vagina and had a burst ovarian cyst. She said she spent $24,000 in treatment expenses – an amount she prayed the courts to order Michael to pay back.
Contrary to expectations, Michael till today has never commented on the accusation or the reports and even though the accusation surfaced before his wedding, he went ahead with the ceremony, howbeit, quietly. Michael Fassbender has an athletic build. he weighs 79kg and has a good height of 6 feet. His body measurements are 42-15-30 inches (chest-biceps-waist). His blue eyes are toast for the ladies and his hair colour is light brown. He is a football (soccer) lover and he supports the England-based club, Liverpool F.C.