Know Your “That Guy”: Michael Ironside

Michael Ironside

Born: February 12, 1950

Number of Roles: 194

Best Know for Playing: Ornery bad asses, both good and bad.

First Appearance: Drunk in Outrageous! (1977)

Most Recent Appearance: Gregory Hart on Burn Notice (2010)

Notable Roles:

  • Darryl Revok in Scanners
  • Sam Fisher in the Splinter Cell video game series
  • Jester in Top Gun
  • Richter in Total Recall
  • Ham Tyler in V (1984 version)
  • Lt. Col. Stone in Major Payne
  • Captain Oliver Hudson on Seaquest DSV
  • Darkseid on Superman: The Animated Series
  • Mr. Chaney in Masters of Horror (The V Word)
  • General Ashdown in Terminator Salvation

Fun Facts:

  • Says he’s most recognized for his voice, specifically from Splinter Cell.
  • Was attached for quite a while to play the lead in Robocop.
  • Was a talented arm wrestler in his youth.
  • Loves pro wrestling and is good friends with Jerry “The King” Lawler

The classic “head exploding” scene from Scanners:

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