British actor Ian Holm, who played The Hobbit in the trilogy The Lord of the Rings, died Friday at the age of 88 of a Parkinson-related illness, his agent said. “He died peacefully in the hospital, alongside his family,” said Constable Alex Irwin, adding that the death occurred on Friday morning.
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Born September 12, 1931 in the psychiatric hospital where his father worked, Ian Holm was a member of the famous theatrical troupe Royal Shakespeare Company before having a rich career in cinema. He played in Le Hobbit, The Chariots of Fire, four times Oscar winner in 1982 (best film, best screenplay, best music and best costumes), Alien, The fifth Element and The Madness of King George. He was also acclaimed in the theater and appeared in numerous television series.
Awarded at Bafta and Cannes
“Sir Ian was recognized around the world for his extraordinarily impressive and varied career,” said Alex Irwin. “He was a genius on the boards and on the screen, who won numerous awards and who was loved by directors, the public and his colleagues. His sparkling spirit always went hand in hand with a mischievous twinkle in his eyes. “Charming, kind and furiously talented, he will be greatly missed,” she added. His role as Sam Mussabini in The Chariots of Fire won him the award for best supporting role in the Cannes film festival and a Bafta, as well as an Oscar nomination.
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