Sir Ian Holm: Lord of the Rings and Alien star dies aged 88

Lord of the Rings star, Sir Ian Holm has died at 88 after battling with Parkinson related disease.

Holm’s rep, Alex Irwin who confirmed the news in a statement to USA TODAY on Friday said, “It is with great sadness we can confirm that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” the statement read. “He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer. His illness was Parkinson’s related.”

Born on 12 September 1931 in Goodmayes, in Essex, to Scottish parents, James Harvey Cuthbert and his wife Jean Wilson (née Holm), Sir Ian Holm Cuthbert won the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his performance as Lenny in The Homecoming and the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of King Lear. He won the 1981 BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as athletics trainer Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire, for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award.

Holm’s other well-known film roles include Ash in Alien, Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element, Chef Skinner in Ratatouille, and Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series.

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