Ian Holm, the veteran British actor known for roles in films like “Lord of the Rings” and “Alien,” has died at 88.
His agent confirmed the news to 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,” adding that his illness was Parkinson’s related. “Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”
From “The Fifth Element” to “The Borrowers” to his iconic performance in Ridley Scott’s “Alien,” Holm was known for his ability to bring warmth to eccentric characters on screen and stage.
His role in 1981’s “Chariots of Fire” won him a BAFTA and an Oscar nomination, but he is perhaps best known to younger audiences for his role as Bilbo Baggins in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the accompanying “Hobbit” series of films.
The actor also had a successful theater career. He won an Evening Standard best actor award for his performance in "Henry V" in 1965, played King Lear in 1997, and early in his career regularly performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Holm is survived by his wife and five children from a previous relationship.