LONDON – British actor Ian Holm, best known for his role in the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” and “Alien,” died at the age of 88 on Friday.
The actor, who received an Oscar nomination in the 1981 film “Chariots of Fire” for his performance, had died from the related illness of a Parkinson.
“The actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away at the age of 88 this morning, with great sorrow,” his agent told. “He died in hospital peacefully, with his family and carer.
Charming, caring, and intensely talented, we ‘re going to miss him tremendously.
Holm started his stage career as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company and gained international recognition when he was cast as Android Ash in the 1979 film “Alien.”
His role as an athletic coach in “Chariots of Fire” won him a British Academy film award (Bafta) and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, while portraying Bilbo Baggins in two of The Lord of the Rings films, a part he has taken up in the new film series “The Hobbit.”
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