Actor Ian Holm dies aged 88 (news).

Actor Ian Holm has sadly passed away of old age at 88 (after suffering from Parkinson’s disease), with his best roles in the SFF genre including 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 film series.

In the 1980s, Ian starred in Time Bandits (1981), Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (1985).

Interestingly, he played Napoleon Bonaparte three times: first, in the 1972 television series Napoleon and Love; next, in a cameo comic appearance, in Time Bandits; and thirdly, in 2001 he played the now-exiled leader in the fanciful film The Emperor’s New Clothes.

His agent released a statement, saying, “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.”

Ian’s last public statement was when he expressed his frustration at being unable to join the Lord of the Rings stars in their recent COVID online Zoom reunion – he noted,  “I am sorry to not see you in person, I miss you all and hope your adventures have taken you to many places, I am in lockdown in my hobbit home, or holm!”

Goodbye, Ian, we trust the Undying Lands and the elves will treat you royally.

Actor Ian Holm dies aged 88 (news).
Actor Ian Holm dies aged 88 (news).

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