Ian Holm has died. The British actor known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings and Alien was 88 years old. A cause of death has not been released at this time.
Deadline quoted a statement from Holm’s agent saying: “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.”
Born Ian Holm Cuthbert in 1931 in Goodmayes, Essex, UK, the actor studied at the Royal Academy of Acting graduating into a position at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1950 where he played often opposite Sir Laurence Olivier.
Holm had already achieved professional success on stage and screen when he took on the role of Ash in Ridley Scott’s Alien opposite Sigourney Weaver at the age of 48. He would step in and out of the genre space for the remainder of his career appearing in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bless the Child, The Fifth Element, and more.
He was 70 years old when he appeared as Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and later returned for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy playing the elder version of the character.
With a career in acting that spanned seven decades, Holm’s was the rare talent that was natural on screen and off.
He is survived by his fourth wife and five children.
iHorror sends our condolences to the family and friends of Ian Holm.