Ian Holm, star of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Alien’, dies at the age of 88

Hollywood star Ian Holm, best known for his performances in “Lord of the Rings” and “Alien,” passed away at the age of 88.


In a statement to USA TODAY, Alex Irwin, Holm’s representative affirmed the news. 


The statement read: “It is with great sadness we can confirm that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,”  The statement even mentioned that: “He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer. His illness was Parkinson’s related.”


Furthermore, the statement added: “He was a genius of stage and screen, winning multiple awards and loved by directors, audiences and his colleagues alike. His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Charming, kind, and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”


Holm played the role of Bilbo Baggins in 2001’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” 2003’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” 2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and 2014’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”


He is also recognized for his performances as Ash in 1979 “Alien” and Sam Mussabini in 1981’s “Chariots of Fire.”


Holms gained him a BAFTA Film Award for best-supporting artist along with a Cannes Film Festival award and an Oscar nomination for best-supporting actor for his performance in “Chariots of Fire”.


For his performance in”The Bofors Gun”, he earned a BAFTA award in 1969, and he even got four other nominations covering from 1979 to 1996 for several projects. He was also nominated for two Emmy Awards, one for 1992’s “Performance” and another one for the 2000’s “The Last of the Blonde Bombshells.”


Holm is survived by his wife Sophie de Stempel along with five children that he had from his earlier relationships: Harry, Jessica, Barnaby, Sarah-Jane, and Lissy.


Admirers and fellow workers of Holm took to social media to pay homage to the late actor.


Director of the 1979 horror film “Alien,” Ridley Scott, named Holm a “great talent and a great man.”


In a statement to USA TODAY, Scott told, “I had such a good time and fruitful one with Ian, and my only regret was not to have worked with him once again,” and he further added, “Ian talked to me during production quite a lot, which I found to be very helpful.” “we’ll miss him.” 

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