Having emerged from obscurity in a short time, German actor Michael Fassbender made Hollywood take notice after he appeared in the World War II epic miniseries "Band of Brothers" (HBO, 2001). After a few years of guest-starring in England, Fassbender found his big screen career starting to flourish with a prominent supporting role in the comic book-inspired "300" (2006). From there, he moved from well-received artistic films, like his romantic turn opposite Romola Garai in "Angel" (2007), to the powerful true story of Irish Republican hunger striker, Bobby Sands, in "Hunger" (2008), for which he earned several Best Actor awards and cemented his status as a rising star to watch. While returning across the pond for the British-made thriller "Eden Lake" (2008) and the coming-of-age drama "Fish Tank" (2009), he a landed breakthrough role as Lt. Archie Hicox in Quentin Tarantino's box office monster "Inglourious Basterds" (2009), a high-profile and much-decorated film that, along with his collaborations with British director Steve McQueen on "Shame" (2011) and "12 Years a Slave" (2013), helped Fassbender officially become an international star. Balancing mainstream stardom with his starring roles as Magneto in the X-Men franchise and in Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" (2012) and "Alien: Covenant" (2017) with challenging roles in art house favorites like romantic drama "The Light Between Oceans" (2016) and quirkier works like the indie-rock road movie "Frank" (2014), Michael Fassbender presented a remarkably well-rounded artistic character.