Frederick Reginald Ironside (born February 12, 1950), better known as Michael Ironside, is a Canadian actor. He has worked as a voice actor, producer, film director, and screenwriter in film and television series in various Canadian and American productions. He is best known for playing villains and "tough guy" heroes, though he has also portrayed sympathetic characters.
Ironside is married to Karen Marls Dinwiddie. Michael and Karen have two daughters: Adrienne Lynn Ironside (from Ironside's previous marriage) and Findlay Ironside (born 1998).He has survived both thyroid and prostate cancer.
Ironside was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Robert Walter Ironside and Patricia June Ironside (née Passmore). His father was a street lighting technician and laborer and his mother a housewife. He is of English, Irish and Scottish descent, and is one of five children. Ironside attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and at age 15 wrote a play, The Shelter, which won the first prize in a university contest. He also won the Senior writing award at Riverdale Collegiate Institute in 1968.