From Middle Earth to deep space, Sir Ian Holm brought characters in believable, resonating ways, and we're deeply saddened to share the news that the iconic actor has passed away at the age of 88.
According to The Guardian, Holm's agent confirmed that the actor passed away due to a Parkinson's-related illness. Here is the official statement:
“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.”
While there are more than 130 credits to his name (via IMDb), Holm is perhaps most well-known for his role as Ash in Ridley Scott's Alien and his performance as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films. In the former role as an android, Holm delivered a chilling performance that rivaled the ruthlessness of the Xenomorph hunting down the crew of the Nostromo. And as Bilbo in The Lord of the Rings movies, Holm expertly portrayed the complexities of a kind-hearted hobbit grappling with sorrow, regret, and an ancient, all-consuming evil, a captivating role that he reprised in two of Jackson's The Hobbit films.
An actor who began his career in the stage and worked in the esteemed Royal Shakespeare Company, Holm brought countless roles to life on both the stage and the screen (including Chariots of Fire, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, The Fifth Element, eXistenZ, and From Hell). He was knighted in 1998 for his cherished contributions to drama.
Holm's performances will no doubt live on to inspire generations of future actors and filmmakers, and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.