Stars pay tribute to the late Ian Holm

Stars pay tribute to the late Ian Holm

In light of the recent death of Ian Holm, stars and filmmakers from the movie industry are expressing their appreciation for the life and work of the versatile actor.

Ian Holm has stretched his acting career for more than four decades, playing dozens of different roles in the big screen, television, and even theater.

The British thespian is certainly no stranger to featuring in genre movies, a few of which have become modern-day classics today.

He had played the android Ash in Ridley Scott’s science fiction horror movie Alien (1979), Mr.s Kurtzmann in Terry Gilliam’s dystopian masterpiece Brazil (1985), Dr. Frankenstein’s father in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), and Father Cornelius in Luc Besson’s intergalactic actioner The Fifth Element (1997), just to name a handful.

But he may be most familiar to moviegoers around the world for playing the role of Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit who stole the Ring of Power from Gollum, in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies.

Tribute from fellow hobbits, LotR alums

It’s only fitting then that some of the first to pay tribute to the deceased actor were his fellow hobbit co-actors from the Oscar-winning fantasy epic series.

Elijah Wood, who plays Frodo Baggins (Bilbo is Frodo’s second cousin once removed), took to his official Twitter page to bid his farewell to his hobbit uncle.

Another actor who played a hobbit in the Lord of the Rings movies, Dominic Monaghan, also posted his appreciation of Holm through his Instagram account.

Other stars of the expanded LotR movie realm also poured out their tributes. Chief among them is Richard Armitage, who played the dwarf prince and leader Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.

Even Peter Jackson himself penned a moving farewell to the actor on his Facebook page.

Posted by Peter Jackson on Friday, June 19, 2020

Tributes from film luminaries

In his tribute, English director Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead) made reference to Holm as a genius performer who was equally effective in bringing humor, drama, and horror to his roles.

Even the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) tweeted to celebrate the actor’s achievements in film, TV, and theater.

In honoring Holm, the National Theatre paid tribute to the thespian’s past role as King Lear:

The Shakespeare Institute also echoed the same thoughts:

Featured image courtesy of King Lear (Amazon)

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