LONDON (AP) – Ian Holm, an acclaimed British actor whose long career included roles in â€œChariots of Fireâ€ and â€œThe Lord of the Ringsâ€ has died. He was 88.
Holm died peacefully Friday morning in a hospital, surrounded by his family and carer, his agent, Alex Irwin, said in a statement. His illness was Parkinsonâ€™s related.
A star of stage and screen, Holm won a Tony Award for best featured actor as Lenny in Harold Pinter’s play â€œThe Homecomingâ€ in 1967.
An established figure in the Royal Shakespeare Company, he won a Laurence Olivier Award for best actor for his performance in the title role of â€œKing Learâ€ in 1998.
He won a British Academy Film Award and gained a supporting-actor Oscar nomination for portraying pioneering athletics coach Sam Mussabini in the hit 1982 film â€œChariots of Fire.”
He also appeared in â€œThe Fifth Element,” â€œAlien,â€™â€™ â€œThe Sweet Hereafter,â€™â€™ â€œTime Bandits,â€™â€™ â€œThe Emperorâ€™s New Clothesâ€™â€™ and â€œThe Madness of King George.â€™â€™ More recently, he portrayed Bilbo Baggins in â€œThe Hobbitâ€ and â€œThe Lord of the Ringsâ€ trilogies.
Holm was knighted in 1998 for his services to drama.
“His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye,” Irwin said. â€œCharming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.â€™â€™
Holm was married four times and had five children.