Sir Ian Holm – Bilbo Baggins of ‘Lord of the Rings’ Has Left The World Mourning
Sir Ian Holm, or our favorite Bilbo Baggins from the “Lord of the Rings,” has passed away at the age of 88, on Friday in London. He is survived by his fourth wife, Sophie de Stempel; five children; and eight grandchildren.
“It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88.” The actor died from Parkinson related illness “peacefully in the hospital,” as reported by The Guardian.
Holm is one of the very few consummate supporting actors, who are very happy to have young actors basking in the limelight of stardom, while silently gracing their blessings on them. From a character actor to the leading man to even an android, he has seen and done everything that the world of cinema has to offer.
The virtuosic British actor, who was celebrated for his performances in plays, first wowed the critics in Richard Eyre’s National Theatre production of “King Lear,” went on to amaze the audience in Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming.
Mr. Holm’s first films, both in 1968, were “The Fixer,” directed by John Frankenheimer, and Mr. Hall’s version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in which he played Puck. His performance as an Olympic trainer in 1920s Britain in “Chariots of Fire,” earned him an Academy Award nomination, as well as a British Academy Film Awards (Bafta) for the Best Supporting Actor.
He gained international fame with the Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy as Bilbo Baggins. His demise has the entire world in a state of shock and grief, with the fans of “Lord of the Rings” paying tribute to him on social media.