Michael Ironside (born February 12, 1950) is a Canadian actor. He has also worked as a voice actor, producer, film director, and screenwriter in movie and television series in various Canadian and American works. He is best known for playing villains, "tough guy" heroes and amputees, though he has also portrayed sympathetic characters. Ironside is a method actor, who keeps in character between takes.
Ironside was born Frederick Reginald Ironside in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Patricia June (née Passmore), a homemaker, and Robert Walter Ironside, who worked in maintenance as a street lighting technician and laborer. He attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and wrote a play at the age of fifteen, "The Shelter", winning the first prize in a university contest. He also won the Senior writing award for Riverdale Collegiate Institute in 1967.
One of Ironside's first roles was a memorable turn as evil telepath Darryl Revok in Scanners (1981), an early film by David Cronenberg. His breakthrough role was in the television miniseries V: The Final Battle (1984) as Ham Tyler. He is also known for his roles in Top Gun (1986) as Naval Aviator Lieutenant Commander Rick 'Jester'