The world doesn’t need any more sad news right now, but it is with great sadness that we have to report that Ian Holm has passed away at the age of 88. Holm’s agent just confirmed the news to The Guardian.
“It is with great sadness 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. Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”
The agent also added that the illness was Parkinson’s related.
Holm is easily one of the most recognisable British actors across the globe. The talented performer is most celebrated by the masses for his work as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. There Holm brought tenderness, innocence and intensity to the role of Frodo Baggins’ uncle.
But even before The Lord of the Rings, Holm’s resume was nothing to scoff at. In 1969, Holm won a BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Bofors Gun, and in 1982, Holm received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for his wonderful performance in Chariots of Fire. Apart from that, Holm has received numerous BAFTA and Emmy nominations for his work on the small screen.
Earlier this month, Holm expressed his sadness that he was unable to “attend” the virtual reunion of the Lord of the Rings films.
“I am sorry to not see you in person, I miss you all and hope your adventures have taken you to many places, I am in lockdown in my hobbit home, or holm.”
Rest in peace Ian Holm. You will be missed.