The next time you want to mock a Canadian’s manhood, I urge you to do so in the presence of one Mr. Michael Ironside. When you wake up from your Ironside-induced coma from head trauma after he beats you down, consider yourself graced that you were in his presence and even luckier that he let you live. The only man in the Great White North who makes NHL players scurry in fear is the second man to officially be inducted into The Man-Cave Hall of Fame. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome...
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Mr. Michael Ironside first found himself on the world's radar as the man with a scan, Darryl Revok, in David Cronenberg's cult hit Scanners. Not only did he play Revok with conviction, but he also became a staple when his image became a fixture on the Scanners VHS cover.
A year later, he received exposure to a wider audience when he portrayed anti-hero Ham Tyler, the man who single-handedly changed the tide of the war against the Visitors to our favor in the mini-series V: The Final Battle. He even made the soon-to-be Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund, cower in fear when he threatened to turn him into a lizard suitcase.
It was also in 1984, when he showcased his abilities to play an effective heel in the third-dimension in Spacehunter 3D: Into the Forbidden Zone. He played out Molly Ringwald like a brat before she entered the Brat Pack by gleefully telling her "I lied! Hahahahaha!" Unfortunately, he was the only thing worth mentioning in that dud of a film. Then he went on to reprise the Tyler character in the horrible V: The Series...just buying his time as the best was yet to come...
In 1986, he showed moviegoers another of the Iron in Top Gun. He went mainstream as Jester, the tough militant who guided Tom Cruise into proving that the Maverick indeed had the need for speed.
The following year, he showed us a softer side as high school principal Bill Nordham in the highly underrated Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II. He was able to take down the film title's villain not once, but twice...sort of.
Who can forget his role as Richter in Total Recall, his second blockbuster film? Not only did he have Sharon Stone in her prime, but he matched brain and brawn against action superstar legend Arnold Schwarzenegger. Eventually he yielded to Arnold's Quaid character, but only because the script called for it. But shortly after, he appeared as the main baddie again, this time in the god awful Highlander 2: The Quickening and was once again the diamond in the roughest of roughs.
The Ironclad One went onto appear in more mainstream films such as Free Willy, Starship Troopers, Major Payne, The Perfect Storm, and The Machinist. And more recently, he had notable roles in Terminator: Salvation and X-Men: First Class - in which he stated "It was an honor serving you, gentlemen." Oh no Ironside, it was an honor watching you continue your storied cinematic career!
So ladies and gentlemen, please give it up one more time for The Canuck That Can-not Be Matched, Mr. Michael Ironside!!