British actor, Ian Holm, who starred as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, passed away in hospital in London today, Friday June 19, after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

“It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” his agent told The Guardian. “He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer. Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”

After a stellar stage career, Holm earned fans worldwide with his performance as android Ash in Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie Alien. He went on to win a supporting actor BAFTA and receive an Oscar nomination for his role as athletics coach Sam Mussabini in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire, and became a regular presence on movie and TV screens, starring in films like The Fifth Element and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.


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