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Lord of the Rings and Chariots of Fire star Sir Ian Holm dies aged 88

He died from a 'Parkinson's related' illness

Sir Ian Holm, star of Lord of the Rings and Chariots of Fire has died at the age of 88.

The British actor died on Friday (June 19) from a "Parkinson's related" illness at hospital surrounded by his family.

He was also famous for his roles in Alien, Time Bandits and The Borrowers.

Sir Ian Holm has died aged 88 (Credit: Joanne Davidson/Shutterstock)

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He died peacefully in hospital.

Statement from the agent of Sir Ian Holm

A statement from his agent Alex Irwin read: "It is with great sadness we can confirm 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. His illness was Parkinson's related.

"An established star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Harold Pinter's favourite actor, Sir Ian was globally recognised for his extraordinarily impressive and varied career which included highlights such as Chariots of Fire, The Fifth Element, Alien, The Sweet Hereafter, Time Bandits, The Emperor's New Clothes' and The Madness of King George.

"His portrayal of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies ensured the magic of his craft could be shared by all generations."

"He was a genius of stage and screen, winning multiple awards and loved by directors, audiences and his colleagues alike. His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

In conclusion, he said: "Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely."

Ian played Bilbo Baggins (Credit: YouTube)

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Glittering career

Holm received the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his performance as Lenny in theatre production The Homecoming.

He also won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. This was for his performance in the title role in King Lear.

Film fans will always remember his portrayal of sinister malfunctioning android Ash in Sir Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien.

He subsequently received a knighthood in June 1998.

Meanwhile, in 2002 he had treatment for prostate cancer.

Holm is survived by his fourth wife, Sophie de Stempel, and five children from previous relationships.

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