‘Chariots of Fire,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’ Actor Ian Holm Dies


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LONDON—Ian Holm, an acclaimed British actor whose lengthy profession included roles in “Chariots of Hearth” and “The Lord of the Rings” has died. He was 88.

Holm died peacefully Friday morning in a hospital, surrounded by his household and carer, his agent, Alex Irwin, stated in a press release. His illness was Parkinson’s related.

“It is with nice unhappiness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE handed away this morning on the age of 88,” his agent informed the paper. “Charming, variety and ferociously gifted, we'll miss him massively.”

A star of stage and display, Holm gained a Tony Award for greatest featured actor as Lenny in Harold Pinter’s play “The Homecoming” in 1967.

A longtime determine in the Royal Shakespeare Company, he gained a Laurence Olivier Award for greatest actor for his performance within the title position of “King Lear” in 1998.

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Actor Ian Holm arrives for the Universal Footage 100th Anniversary Grand Classics Screening occasion in London on April 30, 2012. (Jonathan Brief/File by way of AP)

He gained a British Academy Movie Award and gained a supporting-actor Oscar nomination for portraying pioneering athletics coach Sam Mussabini within the hit 1982 movie “Chariots of Hearth.”

He also appeared in “The Fifth Factor,” “Alien,’’ “The Sweet Hereafter,’’ “Time Bandits,’’ “The Emperor’s New Garments’’ and “The Insanity of King George.’’

Extra just lately, he portrayed Bilbo Baggins in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogies, a task he reprised within the current “The Hobbit” film collection.

Holm was knighted in 1998 for his providers to drama.

“His glowing wit all the time accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye,” Irwin stated.

Holm was married 4 occasions and had 5 youngsters.

Reuters contributed to this report.