Sir Ian Holm, the critically acclaimed actor, has died at the age of 88.
Holm’s death was confirmed by his agent: “It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” they said in a statement issued to the Guardian. “He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer.
His agent also confirmed that Holm, who died in London, was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. “Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely,” they added.
Holm, a Bafta Award-winning actor, was also nominated for an Academy Award during his long and illustrious career. It has also been confirmed that his wife, Sophie de Stempel, documented his final few days in a series of pastel portraits.
Having become an established stage actor in the early years his career, Holm later became a star name of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor 1967. Despite his huge success in theatre, it would be the move to feature films where the actor would earn international fame and recognition.
Arguably best known for his role as athletics trainer Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire, a performance which also earned him a nomination for an Oscar, Holm went on to achieve critical acclaim for his role as Ash in the brilliant Ridley Scott science fiction film Alien.
His most recent work, however, will last long in the memory of his fans when played the hugely celebrated role of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series. His appearance as Baggins in the 2014 project The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will now remain his final ever performance.
Holm is survived by his wife, de Stempel, and five children.