“Lord of the Rings” Actor Ian Holm Dead at 88

Veteran British actor Ian Holm, maybe finest identified for his roles in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Alien, has reportedly handed away at the age of 88.

Holm’s agent confirmed the information in a press release, writing, “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.”

In addition to his roles as Bilbo Baggins in Lord of the Rings and the android Ash in Alien, Holm gained a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar for his position as coach Sam Mussabini in 1981’s Chariots of Fire. In 1989, he was named Commander of the British Empire (CBE), and he was knighted in 1998 for his companies to drama.

The actor is survived by his fourth spouse, Sophie de Stempel, his 5 kids from earlier relationships, in addition to his third spouse, Penelope Wilton. Tributes to him started pouring in on social media on Friday, with author/director Edgar Wright calling him “a genius actor who brought considerable presence to parts funny, heartbreaking & terrifying,” including, “Thanks for Bilbo, Napoleon (twice), Sweet Hereafter, Big Night, Brazil and, of course the iconic Ash.”

picture :Sir Ian Holm poses throughout a photograph name held on June 12, 2005 at the Hollywood Mews in London, England. (Photo by Cambridge Jones/Getty Images)

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