Sir Ian Holm Cuthbert CBE (September 12, 1931 – June 19, 2020), known as Ian Holm, was an English actor on stage and in film. He received the 1967 Tony Award for Outstanding Actor for his performance as Lenny in The Homecoming and the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of King Lear. He won the 1981 BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a supporting role for his role as athletic trainer Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire, for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award. His other well-known film roles include Ash in Alien, Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element, Chef Skinner in Ratatouille, and Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie series.
He was 88 years old.
Height & Weight
Height: 1.65 m, Weight 75 KG
Early life And Education
Holm was born Ian Holm Cuthbert at Goodmayes, then in Essex (now London), to Scottish parents, Jean Wilson (née Holm) and James Harvey Cuthbert. His mother was a nurse and his father was a psychiatrist and worked as a superintendent of West Ham Corporation Mental Hospital and was one of the pioneers of electric shock therapy. He had an older brother, Eric, who died in 1943. Holm was educated at the Chigwell Independent School in Essex. Her parents retired to Mortehoe, Devon and Worthing, where she joined a dramatic amateur society. A visit to the dentist led to a presentation by Henry Baynton, a well-known Shakespeare provincial actor who helped Holm train to enter the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he landed a place in 1949. His studies there were interrupted a year later. when he was summoned for National Service in the British Army, during which he was sent to Klagenfurt, Austria, and reached the rank of Corporal Lance. They were then interrupted a second time when he volunteered for an acting tour of the United States in 1952. He finally graduated from RADA in 1953; While there he had been offered ‘spear bearer’ roles in Stratford and remained there for 13 years, he then graduated to more significant roles and abandoned plans to move on after Peter Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960.
Race Holm was an established star of the Royal Shakespeare Company before having an impact on television and film. In 1965, he played Richard III in the BBC serialization of The Wars of The Roses, based on the RSC production of the works, in 1969 he played the lead role in Dennis Potter’s Moonlight on the Highway and gradually made a name for himself minor. roles in movies like Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), and Young Winston (1972). In 1967, he won a Tony Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play like Lenny in Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. In 1977, Holm appeared in the television miniseries Jesus of Nazareth as Sadducee Zerah, and a Moroccan villain in March or Die. The following year he played J. M. Barrie in the award-winning BBC television series The Lost Boys, in which his son Barnaby played the young George Llewelyn Davies. In 1981, he played Frodo Baggins in the BBC radio adaptation of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Holm’s first film role that made a big impact was that of the treacherous android Ash in Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979). His portrayal of Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire (1981) earned him a special award at the Cannes Film Festival and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Back home in England, he won a BAFTA award, for Best Supporting Actor, for Chariots. In the 1980s, he had memorable roles in Time Bandits (1981), Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (1985). He played Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland in Dennis Potter’s scripted fantasy Dreamchild (1985). In 1989 Holm was nominated for a BAFTA award for the television series Game, Set and Match. Based on the Len Deighton novels, this tells the story of an intelligence officer (Holm) who discovers that his own wife is an enemy spy. He continued to play Shakespeare and appeared with Kenneth Branagh in Henry V (1989) and as Polonius in Mel Gibson’s Hamlet (1990). Holm reunited with Kenneth Branagh in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), playing the father of Victor Frankenstein de Branagh.
Holm raised his profile in 1997 with two prominent roles, such as the stressed-out but kind priest Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element and attorney Mitchell Stephens in The Sweet Hereafter. In 2001 he starred in From Hell as the physician Sir William Withey Gull. The same year, he appeared as Bilbo Baggins in the hit movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, having previously played Bilbo’s nephew, Frodo Baggins, a 1981 BBC Radio adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. He returned for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), for which he shared a SAG award for Best Performance by a Cast in a Film. He later reprized his role as Elder Bilbo Baggins in the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Martin Freeman portrayed young Bilbo Baggins in those movies. Holm was nominated for an Emmy Award twice, for a PBS broadcast of a King Lear production at the National Theater in 1999; and for a supporting role in the HBO film The Last of the Blonde Bombshells opposite Judi Dench in 2001. Holm offered voiceovers for many British documentaries and television commercials. Holm appeared in two David Cronenberg films: Naked Lunch (1991) and eXistenZ (1999). He was Harold Pinter’s favorite actor, the playwright who once said, “Put on my shoe and it looks good on me!” Holm portrayed Lenny in the first performance in Pinter’s masterpiece, The Homecoming. He played Napoleon Bonaparte three times: first, in the 1972 television series Napoleon and Love; then in a cameo in Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits 1981; third, in 2001 he played the fallen and exiled leader in the fantasy film The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Sir Ian won a Tony Award for best featured actor as Lenny in Pinter’s play The Homecoming, and his role as Sam Mussabini in Chariots Of Fire earned him a special award at the Cannes Film Festival, a Bafta award and an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. His first credited screen performance was in 1957 in an ITV Play Of The Week and he won the first Bafta he was nominated for – for The Bofors Gun, which was released in 1968. He found a new audience in the 1990s in the role of Pod in the TV adaptation of The Borrowers, in which he starred opposite Dame Penelope Wilton and Rebecca Callard. He was awarded a knighthood in the 1998 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to drama.
Wife & Children
Personal life Holm was married four times. His first three marriages ended in divorce. In 1991, he married his third wife, actress Penelope Wilton, in Wiltshire. They appeared together in The Borrowers (1993) on British television. They divorced in 2001. He was married from 2003 until his death to artist Sophie de Stempel, protégé and life model for Lucian Freud. Holm had five children; three daughters (Jessica, Sarah-Jane and Melissa) and two sons (Barnaby and Harry) of three women, including the first two of his four wives. He had a grandson named Archie. He was treated for prostate cancer in 2001.Holm died in the hospital on June 19, 2020 at the age of 88. He had been battling Parkinson’s disease for several years.
Honours And Awards
Nominations and awards for films and TV roles are listed in filmography. Honours 1989: Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1989 Birthday Honours. 1998: Knight Bachelor in the 1998 Birthday Honours for services to drama. Awards 1965: Evening Standard Award for Best Actor – Henry V 1967: Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play – The Homecoming 1993: Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor – Moonlight 1993: Evening Standard Award for Best Actor – Moonlight.
Death & Cause
Date of death: June 19, 2020
In a message to the Guardian, Holm’s agent said: “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.”” He said that Holm’s illness was Parkinson’s related.
The actor was best known for roles in Chariots Of Fire, Alien and The Lord Of The Rings.
The Lord Of The Rings star Sir Ian Holm has been remembered as “charming, kind and ferociously talented”, following his death at the age of 88. The actor, who was acclaimed for his roles in Chariots Of Fire, Alien and Brazil, was also a prolific and accomplished star of the Royal Shakespeare Company and was described as Harold Pinter’s favourite actor. He died peacefully in hospital after a Parkinson’s-related illness, with his family and carer at his bedside, his agent said.
Sir Ian, who played Bilbo Baggins in The Lord Of The Rings films and Old Bilbo in The Hobbit franchise, had a long and varied film career that also included The Fifth Element, The Sweet Hereafter, Time Bandits, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Madness Of King George, as well as a voice role in the animated film Ratatouille. A statement from his agent, Alex Irwin, said: “His portrayal of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings trilogies ensured the magic of his craft could be shared by all generations. “He was a genius of stage and screen, winning multiple awards, and loved by directors, audiences and his colleagues alike. His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye. “Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”
Ian Holm Net Worth
Ian Holm was an English actor who had a net worth of $10 million dollars.