‘Chariots of Fire,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’ actor Ian Holm dies at 88

LONDON — Ian Holm, an acclaimed British actor whose prolonged career provided roles in ‘Chariots of Fire’ 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, mentioned in a assertion. His sickness was Parkinson’s related.

A star of phase and display, Holm won a Tony Award for ideal highlighted actor as Lenny in Harold Pinter’s engage in ‘The Homecoming’ in 1967.

An founded determine in the Royal Shakespeare Enterprise, he won a Laurence Olivier Award for ideal actor for his functionality in the title position of ‘King Lear’ in 1998.

He won a British Academy Film Award and acquired a supporting-actor Oscar nomination for portraying revolutionary athletics coach Sam Mussabini in the hit 1982 movie ‘Chariots of Hearth.”

He also appeared in ‘The Fifth Element,” ‘Alien,” ‘The Sweet Hereafter,” ‘Time Bandits,” ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes” and ‘The Madness of King George.” Far more just lately, he portrayed Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies.

Holm was knighted in 1998 for his expert services to drama.

“His glowing wit generally accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye,” Irwin mentioned. ‘Charming, form and ferociously talented, we will skip him vastly.”

Holm was married four times and experienced five kids.