Ian Holm: The late star's greatest movie roles, from 'Alien' to 'Lord of the Rings'
Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins in "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring". (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)
The film industry today pays tribute to Sir Ian Holm after the beloved actor died of Parkinson's disease at the age of 88. Holm has an illustrious career in the fields of stage, television and cinema. His film canon alone spanned six decades from The Bofors Gun in 1968 to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014.
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Stars honor Holm online with clips and pictures from his most famous roles, which have earned him numerous awards and are still considered favorites of all time.
Here are some of the film screenings that helped define Holm's career ...
The Bofors Weapon (1968)
Ian Holm and David Warner in "The Bofors Gun". (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)
When Holm made his film debut in the post-war drama The Bofors Gun, he had already won a Tony Award for his stage work and appeared as King Richard III in the BBC series The War of the Roses. Gunner Flynn's role in this story of soldiers who became increasingly tense and violent during a night of guard duty marked his arrival as the star of the big screen.
Holm's debut was so good that he won BAFTA as the best supporting actor.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)
Ian Holm as Puck in a film version of Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" from 1968. (Photo by David Farrell / Getty Images)
William Shakespeare's plays have always played a key role in Holm's career, with the star being an integral part of the Royal Shakespeare Company before switching to the big screen. He appeared alongside Kenneth Branagh in the adaptation of Henry V in the role of Fluellen in 1989, and then portrayed Polonius in the 1990 version of Hamlet, in which Mel Gibson played the title character.
Before that, however, Holm played the mischievous puck in Peter Hall's 1968 adaptation of the bard's most famous comedy: A Midsummer Night's Dream. The film also played Judi Dench and Helen Mirren.
Ian Holm and John Hurt on the set of "Alien". (Photo by Sunset Boulevard / Corbis via Getty Images)
The role that caught Holm's real attention for the first time was as manipulative Android Ash in Ridley Scott's haunted house film Alien. Ash is eventually exposed as one of the film's main opponents - aside from the terrible alien beast - who has received secret orders to bring the alien sample back to Earth regardless of the fate of the expendable human crew.
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One of the film's most memorable scenes, aside from the legendary rib cage, shows Ash's beheaded head, mocking the surviving crew as he gushes with admiration for the pillaging Xenomorph. It is a great achievement that has definitely proven itself.
Chariot of the Fire (1980)
Ian Holm as running trainer Sam Mussabini in a scene from "Chariots Of Fire". (Photo by Warner Bros./Archive Photos / Getty Images)
Holm received his only Oscar nomination for his performance as running coach Sam Mussabini in the British sports drama Chariots of Fire. The film won four awards at the glamorous ceremony, including "Best Film," but Holm played the second violin after John Gielgud's appearance in the comedy film "Arthur."
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However, the actor was almost certainly not too concerned because the role remains one of his most remembered appearances and earned him another BAFTA.
Time Bandits (1981)
Ian Holm as Napoleon in "Time Bandits". (Photo credit: AVCO Embassy Pictures)
Oddly enough, Holm Napoleon Bonaparte played three times in three very different projects. His best-known cameo is the French leader in Terry Gilliam's comic adventure Time Bandits, but he also portrayed Napoleon in the 1972 Napoleon and Love TV series and the 2001 historical drama The Emperors New Clothes.
The project would probably have come about if Stanley Kubrick had decided to cast Holm in his long-discussed epic biopic.
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan the Lord of the Apes (1984)
Ian Holm in "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes". (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)
Holm put on a suit and, due to his supporting role in the adventure Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes from 1984, again as a candidate for the BAFTAs. The actor played the Belgian explorer Capitaine Phillippe d'Arnot, who discovered the title character - played by Christopher Lambert - in the jungle and taught him the ways of people.
Ian Holm as Kurtzmann in 'Brazil'. (Photo credit: Fox)
After his brief appearance in Time Bandits, Holm worked again with Terry Gilliam in the dark comic satire Brazil of the Monty Python man. Holm portrayed Mr. Kurtzmann, who is the head of Jonathan Pryces protagonist in an incredibly bureaucratic corporate world.
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Despite lukewarm reception outside Europe, the film has become a cult classic and is routinely listed among the greatest British films ever made.
King George's Madness (1994)
Ian Holm, Matthew Lloyd Davies and Nigel Hawthorne as King George III in "The Madness of King George". (Photo by Keith Hamshere / Getty Images)
Holm received another BAFTA nomination for his appearance in the historical drama The Madness of King George. The film, nominated for four Oscars and the coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of King George III's battles. With mental health. Holm portrays the ex-minister to the doctor Francis Willis, who is recommended to help treat the king's symptoms.
The original piece on which the film is based was called The Madness of George III. A common theory - albeit one exposed by director Nicholas Hytner - suggested that American audiences were concerned about staying away, provided they had missed the previous two films.
The fifth element (1997)
Ian Holm in "The Fifth Element". (Photo credit: Gaumont / Buena Vista)
In Luc Besson's over-the-top and colorful science fiction story The Fifth Element, Holm Priest Vito Cornelius - the human contact for extraterrestrial protectors, plays the Mondoshawans. It is an example of Holm's versatility that although he was best known as a Shakespearean actor who is able to play striking supporting roles in prestigious films, he could also do his part to get enough gravitas at the center of a crazy genre. Delivering films starring Gary Oldman makes an unusual southern accent for reasons that are best known to him.
The Sweet Beyond (1997)
Ian Holm and Sarah Polley in "The Sweet Beyond". (Credit: Fine Line Features)
Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Herwhile is considered one of the best Canadian films ever made. He occupied Holm as a lawyer outside the city and helped the survivors of a bus accident to file a class action lawsuit against the bus company. Holm described the role as his first film tour and was happy to take the job after the original star Donald Sutherland stepped aside.
Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit (2001-2014)
Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins in the series "Lord of the Rings". (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)
Holm is best known to modern audiences for his performance as Bilbo Baggins in two films by Lord of the Rings and subsequently in two adaptations by The Hobbit. Although Holm's role as a cousin of Elijah Woods Frodo is fairly small, Holm made a big impression - and not just in this famous GIF of his terrible face.
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Although Martin Freeman played the role of Bilbo in the Hobbit trilogy, in which he is the main character, Holm and Wood briefly appeared as part of a frame narrative in which Bilbo records the story for his relatives.
Ian Holm delivered the voice of Skinner in "Ratatouille". (Photo credit: Pixar)
Along with two of the Hobbit films, one of Holm's recent film appearances played a voice role as the main opponent in the Pixar film Ratatouille. He addresses Skinner, who was the former sous-chef of the legendary cook Auguste Gusteau and now owns his restaurant. Skinner discovers that the protagonist Linguini can only cook with the help of the street rat Remy and tries to sabotage him.
Holm won an Annie Award for his voice as a Skinner, offering a suitable cap for a remarkable career on the canvas.
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