Ian Holm, who is best known for his role as Bilbo Baggins in the popular movie Lord of the rings, is reportedly dead at the age of 88, his agents told the media that the actor died on Friday.
His agents, Markham, Froggatt and Irwin, in a statement to The Guardian said “Sir Ian Holm passed away this morning at the age of 88”. They explained that the actor died peacefully in a hospital in the presence of his family members and carer.
He is said to have suffered from a Parkinson’s related illness.
They expressed their sadness saying “Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely,”
He was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Coach Sam Mussabini in the 1981 award-winning film “Chariots of Fire” – which also brought about his earning of his second Cannes Film Festival – Holm appeared in a host of top international films.
US actress Mia Farrow who has been on stage with Holm at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) led a parade of stars paying their respects, saying the late actor was “unfailingly brilliant”, the actress commented about the late actor saying “He was among the giants of the theatre”.
British comic and actor Eddie Izzard said in a Tweet: “The great Ian Holm is dead. Wonderful actor and it’s so sad to see him go. Farewell, you did great work Sir.”
Also paying a tribute to him, Director Edgar Wright said he was “a genius actor who brought considerable presence to parts funny, heartbreaking and terrifying”.
He appeared in various other movies like: “Oh! What a Lovely War” , “Time Bandits” , “The Day After Tomorrow”, and “The Fifth Element”.
He played his final movie role in 2014 in the movie “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”.
Apart from his Oscar nomination, he was also a six-time nominee for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards.
The British Academy said they were “very sorry” to hear of his death.
Ian Holm was born in Essex, east of London to a psychiatrist father and a mother who was a nurse, in 1931.
He married four times and had five children.