Sir Ian Holm, perhaps best known for playing Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy, has passed away at the age of 88.
The sad news of the passing of the British actor was confirmed by his agent in a statement on June 19.
“It is with great sadness we can confirm that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” his agent said in a statement, according to the BBC.
Ian “died peacefully” surrounded by family and his carer in the hospital. His passing was related to Parkinson’s.
The actor was born in Goodmayes, United Kingdom on Sept. 12, 1931. While growing up, he joined an amateur dramatic society then studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
He started his professional acting career at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon before he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at its opening in 1960.
Ian racked up numerous television, film and theatre credits beginning in the late 1960’s to the 2000’s.
He won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his role of Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire in 1981. Additionally, Sir Ian earned a Tony Award in 1967 for Best Featured Actor for his performance as Lenny in The Homecoming and he received the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of King Lear.
Fans will fondly remember his appearances as Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises. Additionally, he was known for his role as Ash in Alien and for voicing Chef Skinner in Ratatouille.
The actor earned a CBE in 1989 then he earned a knighthood in 1998 for his contribution to drama.
Sir Ian had battled Parkinson’s disease for a number of years in more recent times. One of his last red carpet appearances was at the Tolkien UK premiere in April 2019.
May he rest in peace.