English actor Ian Holm, best known for playing the role of hobbit Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has died at the age of 88.
The actor’s agent told the Guardian, “It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88. He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer. Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.” The cause of Holm’s death was reportedly Parkinson’s.
Apart from his roles in films, that also included Ridley’s Scott original Alien (1979), Chariots of Fire (1981), Ratatouille (2007) among more, Ian Holm was also known for his performances in British theatre like the role of King Lear in the Shakespeare play of the same name.
Very sad to hear about Ian Holm. One of my heroes growing up I was lucky enough (but terrified) to do my very first TV job with him in 1992 and he was wonderful and very kind. An actor’s actor.
— Rufus Sewell (@FredrikSewell) June 19, 2020
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— Richard Armitage (@RCArmitage) June 19, 2020
Awful news that Ian Holm has died. He was among the giants of the theatre. We met while working at the RSC where, mid-performance of Iceman Cometh, terror seized him & he left the stage- for 14 yrs. He worked in films & TV- unfailingly brilliant 💔https://t.co/S1vHiqeXAh
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 19, 2020
“I thought up an ending for my book: ‘And he lived happily ever after, unto the end of his days.'”
RIP Sir Ian Holm. From the Nostromo to Middle-earth, it’s been an incredible journey. pic.twitter.com/xE2QA3m66A
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) June 19, 2020
Holm reprised the role of Bilbo Baggins briefly in two of the Hobbit movies too. He appeared in the first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and the last movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
The Battle of the Five Armies was Ian Holm’s last film. He is survived by his five children, one grandson and his wife, Sophie de Stempel.