Ian Holm, renowned British actor who played Bilbo Baggins in Lord of the Rings, passed away today, at the age of 88, in London.
“It is with great sadness thatthe actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88. He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer,” adding that his illness was Parkinson’s related. “Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”Said his agent to the Guardian
He to demonstrate his versatility in a wide range of roles, from Pod Clock in the BBC children’s series The Borrowers to Kenneth Branagh’s father in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Classically trained Shakespearean actor, Ian is best known to film audiences for his performances in “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” movies, “Chariots of Fire” and “Alien.
Also excelled onstage in the original production of Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming,” which he also brought to Broadway.
Holm, who was celebrated for interpretations of most of the Shakespeare canon, including a towering “King Lear”.
He began working in films only midway through his career.
In later years, however, he worked increasingly in movies and more selectively onstage.
But his finest work was contained in independently made productions.
Like Oscar best picture winner “Chariots of Fire,” which brought him a nomination as best supporting actor in 1982.
“The Madness of King George”; “Joe Gould’s Secret”; “Big Night”; and “The Sweet Hereafter.”
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.