The man who brought Bilbo Baggins to life in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy has died.
Ian Holm was 88.
His agent said the actor died peacefully in a hospital surrounded by his family and carer. His death is related to Parkinson’s, The Guardian reported.
Holm was an Oscar-nominated actor for his role as coach Sam Mussabini in “Chariots of Fire,” a role for which he won a Bafta award.
Earlier this month, he said he was sad he was not able to take part in a virtual reunion for “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, saying: “I am sorry to not see you in person. I miss you all and hope your adventures have taken you to many places. I am in lockdown in my hobbit home, or holm,” The Guardian reported.
Holm not only stared in the JRR Tolkien saga, as well as “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” he also was the android Ash in “Alien,” and Napoleon in “Time Bandits.”
Variety reported he was also a classically trained Shakesperian actor first starting with the Shakespeare Memorial theater in Stratford and then becoming part of the Royal Shakespeare Company when it evolved from the memorial theater.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 for his contributions to drama, according to Variety.
He is survived by de Stempel, his fourth wife whom he married in 2003, three daughters and two sons, according to Variety.
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