Oscar-nominated British actor Ian Holm, known for his roles in Hollywood hits, “Lord of the Rings” and “Alien”, passed away on Friday at the age of 88, his agent confirmed.
Holm was nominated for an Oscar for his role as the coach Sam Mussabini in the 1981 award-winning film “Chariots of Fire”, which also earned him his second BAFTA and best-supporting actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. Along with that, the actor appeared in a number of top international films.
He played the antagonist Ash in the first “Alien” movie, and was featured in “The Madness of King George,” as well as “The Aviator.”
Holm struggled with a Parkinson’s related illness, his agency said.
“It is with great sadness we can confirm that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” the statement said.
“He died peacefully in a hospital with his family and carer.”
American actress, Mia Farrow, called Holm “unfailingly brilliant.”
“He was among the giants of the theatre,” Farrow said who appeared alongside Holm at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
Director Edgar Wright praised Holm as “genius actor who brought considerable presence to parts funny, heartbreaking and terrifying.”