Ian Holm, ‘Lord Of The Rings’ And ‘Alien’ Actor Dies At 88 – Ian Holm, the versatile British character actor whose long career included roles in “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” movies, “Chariots of Fire” and “Alien,” has died. He was 88.
Ian Holm, ‘Lord Of The Rings’ And ‘Alien’ Actor Dies At 88 | Cause Of Death:
Ian Holm, the classically trained Shakespearean actor, who earned an Oscar nomination for his turn as the athletics trainer in “Chariots of Fire” and portrayed the hobbit Bilbo Baggins in four movies, has died.
The acclaimed British actor Ian Holm died peacefully Friday morning in a hospital, surrounded by his family and carer, his agent, Alex Irwin, said in a statement.
Ian Holm had been battling Parkinson’s Disease for a number of years. However, as recently as January, Holm appeared in person to collect the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Icon Award in London.
“It is with great sadness we can confirm that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” Holm’s agent, Alex Irwin, said. “He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer. His illness was Parkinson’s related.”
Alex continued, “He was a genius of stage and screen, winning multiple awards and loved by directors, audiences and his colleagues alike. His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”
Oscar-Nominated Actor Ian Holm, Who Played Bilbo Baggins, Died Of Complications From Parkinson’s Disease:
One of Ian Holm’s most iconic performances was as malfunctioning android Ash in Ridley’s Scott’s Alien (1979).
He is also known for his roles as the eccentric track coach Sam Mussabini in the historical sporting drama Chariots of Fire (1981).
Holm appeared to great acclaim as Lenny in the original production of Pinter’s “The Homecoming” in 1965; he won a Tony Award for best featured actor when he repeated the role on Broadway in 1967 and played the role again in Pinter’s 1973 big-screen adaptation.
An established figure in the Royal Shakespeare Company, Holm won a Laurence Olivier Award for best actor for his performance in the title role of “King Lear” in 1998.
He won a British Academy Film Award and gained a Cannes Film Festival award and an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for portraying pioneering athletics coach Sam Mussabini in the hit 1982 film “Chariots of Fire.”
Ian Holm Cuthbert was born on Sept. 12, 1931, in Essex, UK.
Holm entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1950, leaving in 1953 to do his military service.
Holm’s notable performances include Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits and Brazil,” “The Fifth Element,” “The Madness of King George’’ and Atom Egoyan’s “The Sweet Hereafter,” “Time Bandits” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes’.’ He also had considerable success on the small screen in shows such as The Borrowers. He was also well known for his work with Harold Pinter and a masterful King Lear in 1997.
Holm’s big-screen credits also included The Fixer (1968), Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), Mary Queen of Scots (1971), Juggernaut (1974), Greystoke — The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), Dreamchild (1985), Henry V (1989), Hamlet (1990), Naked Lunch (1991), A Life Less Ordinary (1997), Joe Gould’s Secret (2000), The Aviator (2004) and Strangers With Candy (2005), and Holm voiced the grumpy chef Skinner in Ratatouille (2007).
He portrayed Bilbo Baggins in 2003’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” 2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and 2014’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
Holm is survived by his fourth wife, Sophie de Stempel, and his five children from previous relationships: Harry, Jessica, Barnaby, Sarah-Jane and Lissy, as well as his third wife, the actor Penelope Wilton.
We are very sorry to hear of the death of Ian Holm. Nominated for 6 BAFTAs in his wide-ranging and successful career across TV and film, he is pictured here winning the Supporting Actor award for his role in Chariots Of Fire in 1981. pic.twitter.com/x3OduDwoJe
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) June 19, 2020
RIP Ian Holm, a genius actor who brought considerable presence to parts funny, heartbreaking & terrifying. Thanks for Bilbo, Napoleon (twice), Sweet Hereafter, Big Night, Brazil and, of course the iconic Ash. "I can't lie to you about your chances, but… you have my sympathies." pic.twitter.com/tO9tcydVUK
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 19, 2020