September 12, 1931 – June 19, 2020
Goodmayes, United Kingdom
88 years old

“It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.”

— Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) from “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”

Anyone interested in science fiction or fantasy knew the name Ian Holm. In sci-fi, he surprised with his role as Ash in “Alien,” shocking me on my first viewing, as well as playing comedic in “The Fifth Element.” In fantasy, he was iconic as the older version of Bilbo Baggins in “The Lord of the Rings” series and part of “The Hobbit” series as well. He was even nominated for an Academy Award with his supporting role in the Best Picture winner “Chariots of Fire.” He leaves behind, not just that cinematic legacy, but a wife and five children. He is gone, but never forgotten.


Ash in “Alien” (1979)


Old Bilbo in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (2014)


Voice of Skinner in “Ratatouille” (2007)


Academy Award nomination for role in “Chariots of Fire” (1981)


198254th Academy AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role“Chariots of Fire”Nominated


1958Girls at Sean/a
1968The Bofors GunFlynn
1968The FixerGrubeshov
1968A Midsummer Night’s DreamPuck
1969Oh! What a Lovely WarPresident Raymond Poincaré
1971A Severed HeadMartin Lynch-Gibbon
1971Nicholas and AlexandraYakovlev
1971Mary, Queen of ScotsDavid Riccio
1972Young WinstonGeorge Buckle
1973The HomecomingLenny
1974JuggernautNicholas Porter
1976Robin and MarianKing John
1976Shout at the DevilMohammed
1977March or DieEl Krim
1981Chariots of FireSam Mussabini
1981Time BanditsNapoleon
1982The Return of the SoldierDoctor Anderson
1984GreystokeCapitaine Phillippe D’Arnot
1984Singleton’s PluckBen Singleton
1985BrazilMr. Kurtzmann
1985WetherbyStanley Pilborough
1985Dance with a StrangerDesmond Cussen
1985DreamchildReverend Charles L. Dodgson /
Lewis Carroll
1988Another WomanKen
1989Henry VCaptain Fluellen
1991KafkaDoctor Murnau
1991Naked LunchTom Frost
1992Blue IceSir Hector
1993The AdvocateAlbertus
1994Mary Shelley’s FrankensteinVictor’s Father
1994The Madness of King GeorgeWillis
1996Big NightPascal
1996Loch NessWater Bailiff
1996Night Falls on ManhattanLiam Casey
1997The Fifth ElementCornelius
1997The Sweet HereafterMitchell
1997A Life Less OrdinaryNaville
1998Frog (Short)n/a
1999eXistenZKiri Vinokur
1999Simon MagusSirius / Boris / Head
1999ShergarJoseph Maguire
1999The MatchBig Tam
1999Wisconsin Death TripNarrator (voice)
1999Gooseberries Don’t Dance (Short)n/a
2000Joe Gould’s SecretJoe Gould
2000The Miracle MakerPontius Pilate (voice)
2000Esther KahnNathan Quellen
2000Beautiful JoeGeorge The Geek
2000Bless the ChildReverend Grissom
2000Field of Fish (Short)Narrator / Old Tom Maynard
2001The Emperor’s New ClothesNapoleon Bonaparte /
Sergeant Eugene Lenormand
2001From HellSir William Gull
2001The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingBilbo
2002Spinning Wheels (Short)Hood thief
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingBilbo
2004Garden StateGideon Largeman
2004The Day After TomorrowTerry Rapson
2004The AviatorProfessor Fitz
2005Strangers with CandyDr. Putney
2005ChromophobiaEdward Aylesbury
2005Lord of WarSimeon Weisz
2006RenaissanceJonas Muller (voice)
2006The TreatmentDr. Ernesto Morales
2006O JerusalemBen Gurion
2007RatatouilleSkinner (voice)
2012The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyOld Bilbo
2014The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesOld Bilbo


1957ITV Play of the WeekGranillo2 Episodes
1957Robert’s WifeBobTelevision movie
1959A Midsummer Night’s DreamPuckTelevision movie
1961Theatre NightThe KingEpisode: “Ondine”
1962The Cherry OrchardPiotr Sergeyevich
Television movie
1963-1970Armchair TheatreReverend P. Bagley /
Edward Gobey /
Jamie Norton
3 Episodes
1965-1970The Wars of the RosesRichard5 Episodes
1966The Power GameSefton Kemp4 Episodes
1966-1968Mystery and ImaginationFrankenstein / The Being
/ MacFarlane
2 Episodes
1969-1970ITV Sunday Night TheatreWalter Bardell / Salesman
/ David Peters
3 Episodes
1969-1971ITV PlayhouseHuw / Omri2 Episodes
1970The Wednesday PlayMark LangEpisode: “Emma’s Time”
1971ReviewFyodor Mikhailovich
TV series documentary
1972The Man from HavenJack Byron LeverEpisode: “#1.1”
1972The FrightenersGordonEpisode: “The Treat”
1972-1974BBC Play of the MonthKhrushchov / Oedipus2 Episodes
1973Conjugal RightsMichael3 Episodes
1974Orson Welles’ Great MysteriesCharles StubbsEpisode: “Trial for Murder”
1974MasqueradeBlakeEpisode: “May We Come In?”
1974Napoleon and LoveNapoleon9 Episodes
1974-1975The Lives of Benjamin FranklinWedderburn3 Episodes
1975Private AffairsDavid GarrickEpisode: “Mr. Garrick and Mrs. Woffington”
1977The Man in the Iron MaskDuvalTelevision movie
1977Jesus of NazarethZerah2 Episodes
1977JubileeBill RamseyEpisode: “Bill Ramsey”
1978BBC2 Play of the WeekThe ManEpisode: “Flayed”
1978HolocaustHeinrich Himmler2 Episodes
1978Do You Remember?Walter StreetEpisode: “Night School”
1978The Lost BoysJ.M. Barrie3 Episodes
1978The Thief of BaghdadThe GatekeeperTelevision movie
1978Les MiserablesThenardierTelevision movie
1979S.O.S. TitanicJ. Bruce IsmayTelevision movie
1979All Quiet on the Western FrontHimmelstossTelevision movie
1980Festival: The MisanthropeAlcesteTelevision movie
1980We, the AccusedPaul Pressett5 Episodes
1981OmnibusReaderEpisode: “Landseer: A Victorian Comedy”
1981Strike: The Birth of SolidarityLech WalesaTelevision movie
1982The BellMichael Meade4 Episodes
1982Inside the Third ReichDr. Joseph GoebbelsTelevision movie
1982Tales of the UnexpectedAlan CorwinEpisode: “Death Can Add”
1982Play for TodayAlexeiEpisode: “Soft Targets”
1985Star Quality: Mr. and Mrs. EdgehillEustace EdgehillTelevision movie
1985The Browning VersionAndrew Crocker-HarrisTelevision movie
1986Artists and Models(voice)Episode: “Slaves of Fashion”
1987Murder by the BookHercule PoirotTelevision movie
1988Game, Set, and MatchBernard Samson13 Episodes
1989The Endless GameControl2 Episodes
1989The Tailor of GloucesterThe TailorTelevision movie
1990A Season of GiantsLorenzo De MediciTelevision movie
1991-1998PerformanceLear / Duff /
Sir William Collyer
4 Episodes
1992Screen TwoF.R. LeavisEpisode: “The Last Romantics”
1992The BorrowersPod6 Episodes
1992ChillersChristopher WaggonerEpisode: “The Stuff of Madness”
1993The World of Peter Rabbit and FriendsThe Tailor (voice)Episode: “The Tailor of Gloucester”
1993The Return of the BorrowersPod6 Episodes
1995Little Red Riding HoodDon Mini the NarratorTelevision movie
1998Alice Through the Looking GlassWhite KnightTelevision movie
1999Animal FarmSquealer (voice)Television movie
2000The Holocaust on TrialNarrator (voice)TV movie documentary
2000The Last of the Blonde BombshellsPatrickTelevision movie
2002WaterbabyGod (voice)Television movie
2002The New Detectives: Case
Studies in Forensic Science
NarratorEpisode: “Murder for Hire”
2004Dragons: A Fantasy Made RealNarratorTelevision movie
20091066: The Battle for Middle EarthStoryteller2 Episodes

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