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Sir Ian Holm, 'Lord of the Rings' And 'Alien' Star, Dead At 88

The versatile actor had roles on stage, screen, and as a voiceover artist.

Sir Ian Holm [The Independent/REX/Shutterstock]

Actor Sir Ian Holm, best known for his role as Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises, has passed away. Holm died in London, his agent confirmed to The Guardian. He was 88.


“It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” they said. “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.”


In 1967, Holm won a Tony Award for for Best Featured Actor for his performance in The Homecoming. In 1981, he garnered the BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his defining role as Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire. The role also earned him an Oscar nomination. In 1998, he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his title performance in King Lear.


Throughout his career, Holm starred in films like Alien, The Fifth Element, The Day After Tomorrow, Garden State, The Aviator, Ratatouillie, and any more.



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