"Hobbit" actor McKellen has prostate cancer

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McKellen smiles during a panel for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" during Comic Con International convention in San DiegoLONDON (Reuters) – "The Hobbit" actor Ian McKellen said in an interview published on Tuesday that he had had prostate cancer for the last six or seven years, but added that the disease was not life-threatening. McKellen, 73, played Gandalf in the hit "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy, and reprises the role in three prequels based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel "The Hobbit". The first of those, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", recently had its world premiere in New Zealand, where it was shot under the directorship of Peter Jackson. …

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