‘Chariots of Fire,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’ Actor Ian Holm Dies

‘Chariots of Fire,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’ Actor Ian Holm Dies
Actor Ian Holm appears at the premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in London on Dec. 12, 2012. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

LONDON—Ian Holm, an acclaimed British actor whose long career included 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 family and carer, his agent, Alex Irwin, said in a statement. His illness was Parkinson’s related.

“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 paper. “Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”

A star of stage and screen, Holm won a Tony Award for best featured actor as Lenny in Harold Pinter’s play “The Homecoming” 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 “King Lear” in 1998.

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Actor Ian Holm arrives for the Universal Pictures 100th Anniversary Grand Classics Screening event in London on April 30, 2012. (Jonathan Short/File via AP)

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 “Chariots of Fire.”

He also appeared in “The Fifth Element,” “Alien,’’ “The Sweet Hereafter,’’ “Time Bandits,’’ “The Emperor’s New Clothes’’ and “The Madness of King George.’’

More recently, he portrayed Bilbo Baggins in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogies, a role he reprised in the recent “The Hobbit” film series.

Holm was knighted in 1998 for his services to drama.

“His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye,” Irwin said.

Holm was married four times and had five children.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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