Popular British Actor & ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Star, Ian Holm, Dies At 88

Ian Holm Dies At 88 OnoBello

Iconic British actor, Ian Holm, who is famous for his roles in “Chariots of Fire” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogies has died. He was aged 88.

His agent, Alex Irwin, in a statement said Holm who had a Parkinson’s related illness died peacefully Friday morning in a hospital, surrounded by his family and carer.

“His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye,” Irwin said. “Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.’’

During his lifetime, Tony was a star of stage and screen. He 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.

Other notable achievements include winning a British Academy Film Award, gaining a supporting-actor Oscar nomination for portraying pioneering athletics coach Sam Mussabini in the hit 1982 film “Chariots of Fire” and being knighted in 1998 for his services to drama.

Holm was married four times and had five children, according to a TIMES report.

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