Legendary actor Ian Holm, who brought Bilbo Baggins to life in “The Lord of the Rings” movies and starred in “Alien” died in London at age 88 due to issues related to Parkinson’s disease.
“It is with great sadness we can confirm 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. His illness was Parkinson’s related. He was a genius of stage and screen, winning multiple awards and loved by directors, audiences and his colleagues alike. His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely” confirmed his rep to Fox News.
He was also a respected and established star of the Royal Shakespeare Company with a notable run in “King Lear,” and a staple in prolific playwright Harold Pinter’s work. The statement from Holm’s rep notes that he was Pinter’s “favorite actor” and that he earned a Tony Award for best-featured actor as Lenny in “The Homecoming.”
Holm received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 for his contribution to drama.