Ian Holm, ‘Alien,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’ Star, Dead at 88

Actor Ian Holm, who starred in films such as ‘Alien,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Fifth Element’ has died at age 88…

Ian Holm — a British actor who starred in films such as “Alien,” “Lord of the Rings,” and “The Fifth Element” — has died at age 88.

His agent Alex Irwin made the announcement about his passing on Friday.

A star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Holm eventually made the move over into television and film in the 1960’s before launching a career that spanned several decades.

In 1979, Holm appeared in the Ridley Scott classic “Alien” where he played the android Ash, who ends up as one of the most pivotal characters in the movie including an iconic scene opposite Sigourney Weaver.

Holm continued to work in a lot of genre films throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s including appearances in “Time Bandits” and “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.”

Holm also starred in the 1997 science fiction film “The Fifth Element” where he worked opposite Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Mila Jovovich while playing Father Cornelius.

Perhaps his most iconic role in recent years came in 2001 when he starred in Peter Jackson’s epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy where he played an older Bilbo Baggins. He reprised that role in “The Hobbit” films that were first released in 2012.

According to his agent, Holm died peacefully at home with his family following complications from Parkinson’s Disease.

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