“Lord of the Rings” actor Ian Holm dies

“Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”Holm was married four times and had five children. He was 88. In this May 19, 2000 file photo, British actor Ian Holm appears during a photocall for the film “Esther Kahn” at the Film Festival in Cannes, France. Ian Holm, “Chariots of Fire” and “Lord of the Rings” actor, dies at 88

June 19, 2020 / 2:57 PM
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Ian Holm, an acclaimed British actor whose long career included roles in “Chariots of Fire” and “The Lord of the Rings” has died. Michel Euler / AP

A star of stage and screen, Holm won a Tony Award for best featured actor as Lenny in Harold Pinter’s play “The Homecoming” in 1967. Trending News

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An established figure in the Royal Shakespeare Company, he 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 supporting-actor Oscar nomination for portraying pioneering athletics coach Sam Mussabini in the hit 1982 film “Chariots of Fire.”He also appeared in “The Fifth Element,” “Alien,” “The Sweet Hereafter,” “Time Bandits,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “The Madness of King George.” More recently, he portrayed Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogies. in coronavirus deaths this summer

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Holm was knighted in 1998 for his services to drama.”His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye,” Irwin said. Holm died peacefully Friday morning in a hospital, surrounded by his family and carer, his agent, Alex Irwin, said in a statement.  His illness was Parkinson’s related. First published on June 19, 2020 / 9:18 AM