Ian Holm, Who Played Bilbo Baggins In Lord Of The Rings, Dies Aged 88

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Ian Holm, Who Played Bilbo Baggins In Lord Of The Rings, Dies Aged 88New Line Cinema/PA

Ian Holm, who brought to life the character of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, has died aged 88. 

The Bafta-winning actor passed away in hospital in London today, June 19, due to an illness related to Parkinson’s disease.


He was perhaps best known by some for his role in J.R.R Tolkien’s beloved trilogy, appearing as Bilbo Baggins in both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King, but he was also recognised with an Oscar nomination for his role as athletics coach Sam Mussabini in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. 

Ian Holm Lord of the ringsNew Line Cinema

Holm’s agent confirmed the news of his death to The Guardian, saying:

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.


Among Holm’s iconic performances was his role as the malfunctioning android Ash in Ridley Scott’s Alien, with others including that of Dr Willis in The Madness of King George and Father Cornelius in Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic The Fifth Element. 

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Tributes have been pouring in for the actor, with director Edgar Wright describing him as a ‘genius’.

He wrote:


RIP Ian Holm, a genius actor who brought considerable presence to parts funny, heartbreaking & terrifying. Thanks for Bilbo, Napoleon (twice), Sweet Hereafter, Big Night, Brazil and, of course the iconic Ash. “I can’t lie to you about your chances, but… you have my sympathies.”

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The actor will live on through his iconic roles and in the fond memories of his friends, family and fans.

Rest in peace.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

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    Ian Holm, star of Lord of the Rings, Alien and Chariots of Fire, dies aged 88

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