Ian Holm, "Lord of the Rings" actor, dies at 88
An actor widely known for his role in the Lord of the Rings franchise has passed away at 88.
CNN reports that British actor Ian Holm has died, according to a statement from his agent.
Holm had a long and varied acting career that saw him cast as a slew of characters, including Bilbo Baggins in the "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy and athletics coach Sam Mussabini in the 1981 movie "Chariots of Fire."
Born in Essex in 1931, Holm attended the RADA drama school in London before becoming a stage actor.
RIP Ian Holm, a genius actor who brought considerable presence to parts funny, heartbreaking & terrifying. Thanks for Bilbo, Napoleon (twice), Sweet Hereafter, Big Night, Brazil and, of course the iconic Ash. "I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies." pic.twitter.com/tO9tcydVUK— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 19, 2020
Ian Holm was such a superb actor with an amazing career - Alien, Lord of the Rings, Fifth Element, Naked Lunch, eXistenZ, Time Bandits, Brazil! RIP sir.— James Sharpe (@JamesSharpe) June 19, 2020