In 1975 she appeared in the satiric, beauty-pageant inspired motion picture Smile, as Miss San Diego's Shirley Tolstoy also starring a young Melanie Griffith and Annette O'Toole.  Nickerson appeared in the 1978 film Zero to Sixty opposite Darren McGavin and Sylvia Miles ,  and TV film Child of Glass .
2003–2017: Dramas, Guest roles and Sitcom. On 16 March 2002, he hosted Saturday Night Live. In 2003, McKellen made a guest appearance as himself on the American cartoon show The Simpsons in a special British-themed episode entitled "The Regina Monologues", along with the then UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and author J. K. Rowling.