Legendary British actor, Ian Holm, has tragically passed away aged 88.
The iconic actor, known for his role as Bilbo Baggins in Lord of the Rings, died today in hospital in London.
While he is remembered mostly for his role in the film adaptation of Tolkien’s novel, Holm was a prolific actor and starred in many legendary films.
Ian’s agent confirmed the news of his death to The Guardian, saying:
It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88. He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer.
Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.
Some of Holm’s other well-known roles include Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire, Ash in Alien, Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element, Chef Skinner in Ratatouille.
He also starred in films such as Brazil, Animal Farm, and The Miracle Maker.
The legendary director, Edgar Wright, wrote:
RIP Ian Holm, a genius actor who brought considerable presence to parts funny, heartbreaking & terrifying. Thanks for Bilbo, Napoleon (twice), Sweet Hereafter, Big Night, Brazil and, of course the iconic Ash. “I can’t lie to you about your chances, but… you have my sympathies.”
The world of acting will never be the same.
Rest in peace.
Our thoughts go out to Holm’s family and friends during this hard time.