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Things We Saw Today: RIP Alien and Lord of the Rings Star Ian Holm

Holm passed away at 88.

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This one hurts. Beloved British actor Ian Holm has passed away at the age of 88 from complications with Parkinson’s disease. Holm was known on stage and screen for his powerful performances, appearing in some of the most influential science fiction and fantasy films ever made. He is perhaps best known for two iconic performances: his malevolent android Ash in Ridley Scott’s Alien and as the hobbit Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

His agent released a statement saying, “It is with great sadness 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 … Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”

Holm was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, for which he won a Bafta. He also appeared in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Time Bandits, Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, and David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ.

Peter Jackson wrote a moving tribute to Holm, where he said, “Watching Ian Holm perform taught me so much – as Ian was being his usual quiet self, that just somehow happened. It was a privilege to work with him, and a blessing to know him. I’ve always loved Ian’s performance in the final scenes of Return of the King. ‘I think I’m quite ready for another adventure.’Farewell, dear Bilbo. Safe travels, darling Ian.”

Fans and friends mourned the actor on social media:

(via The Guardian, image: New Line Cinema)

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  • Here’s the teaser trailer for Cursed, a feminist take on the Arthurian legend:
  • Peter Sarsgaard on Robert Pattinson and The Batman. (via Collider)
  • Let’s look at pretty pictures of space. (via Gizmodo)
  • Foxes! Laughing!

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