Award winning British actor Sir Ian Holm died June 19 in a London hospital as a result of Parkinson’s related issues at the age of 88.  Holm’s agent Alex Irwin said that Holm was surrounded by family at the time of his death.

While he appeared on the stage and nearly 150 film and television productions, Holm is best known for his roles in “Chariots of Fire” and “Lord of the Rings”.

After making his television debut in 1957 on “ITV Play of the Week”, Holm went on to appear in 137 film nad television productions including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Wars of the Roses”, “The Homecoming”, “The Man in the Iron Mask”, “Alien”, “Chariots of Fire”, “Inside the Third Reich”, “Brazil”, “Hamlet”, “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”, “The Madness of King George”, “Fifth Element”, “The Lord of the Rings”,  “The Aviator”, the voice of Skinner in “Ratatouille”, and “The Hobbit”.

Holm’s accomplishments feature awards on both sides of the Atlantic including a Tony Award, a Laurence Olivier Award, and a British Academy Film Award.  In 1998, Holm was knighted for his contributions to acting and drama.

A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art alum, Holm suffered from a serious bout of stage fright; one that kept him off the stage for many years.

Holm appeared on Broadway in “The Homecoming” for which he won hos Tony Award.  As a part of the Royal Shakespeare Company; Holm’s appearances include “King Lear” and “Coriolanus”.

He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on September 12, 1931 in Goodmayes, England where his father ran the psychiatric hospital.  His mother was a nurse at the facility.  Holm spent a year serving in the royal military for his mandatory service.

Holm is survived by his fourth wife Sphie; children Jessica, Sarah-Jane, Barnaby, Lissy, and Harry and eight grandchildren.





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