Renowned British actor Ian Holm, famous for his roles in the Lord of the Rings to Alien, passed away at the age of 88 on Friday.
According to a report in The Guardian, his agent said, "It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88." The actor died from Parkinson related illness "peacefully in the hospital".
The news of the actor's demise sent fans of the Lord of the Rings in a state of shock and grief. The fans took to social media to pay tribute to Bilbo Baggins, and resonated "what an amazing Hobbit" referring to one of his most popular roles in the LOTR trilogy.
on another note, i’m sad to find out that sir ian holmes passed away. anyone that knows me knows how important lord of the rings is in my life.— mallory 💕💛💙🏳️🌈✊🏻 (@macklemalloryOW) June 19, 2020
rest easy, sir ian. 😔✨ pic.twitter.com/7wpSyewJ9N
Idk who Ian Holmes is but RIP to ya boy Bilbo Baggins.....— Greased Lightning (@CadillacPharaoh) June 19, 2020
‘There and back again’
Sir Ian Holmes cannot make it, he just passed away, I just watched his letter to all of you during the LOTR reunion in Youtube recently. RIP Sir Ian Holmes, just to let you know— Momo_Chan (@MomoChanIsHere) June 19, 2020
RIP Sir Ian Holmes.— Megan - BLACK LIVES MATTER!!!!!! (@stormsmaycome) June 19, 2020
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
RIP Ian Holmes, you both awakened my love for fantasy and scared the absolute shit out of child me in that one scene. You did Bilbo proud ♥️— pix 🌸 (@Atvrvxia) June 19, 2020
Holm, who was born in in 1931 in Essex, had begun his career working as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company and eventually went on to gain international exposure with his cast as android Ash in the 1979 Alien film.
Holm's role as an athletics coach in Chariots of Fire won him a British Academy Film Awards (Bafta) for the Best Supporting Actor and an Oscar nod, while he played Bilbo Baggins in two of The Lord of the Rings films, a role which he reprised in the recent The Hobbit film series.