Ian Holm, the classically trained Shakespearean actor best known for his Lord of the Rings, Hobbit movies, and Alien, has died after a long battle with Parkinsons.
Holm was celebrated for interpretations of most of the Shakespeare canon, including King Lear and began working in films only midway through his career, debuting with in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1968.
His finest work was in thee Oscar best picture Chariots of Fire, which brought him a nomination as best supporting actor in 1982. His first big starring role was in Alien and later in all of LOTR movies.
He an Emmy in 2001 (his second) opposite Judi Dench in HBO telepic The Last of the Blonde Bombshells.
Holm also did a considerable amount of voiceover and narration work in his long-spanning career.
Holm was married four times, first to Lynn Mary Shaw, then still photographer Sophie Baker. Their marriage ended in 1986. Holm married Wilton in 1991, and divorced in 2001.
He is survived by his fourth wife, artist Sophie de Stempel.
Sir Ian Holm was 88.
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.” pic.twitter.com/tO9tcydVUK— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 19, 2020