Lord of the Rings star Ian Holm dies at 88

Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian Holm has died at the age of 88.

The British actor - best known for his turn as Bilbo Baggins in Lord of the Rings – passed away on Friday June 19 from a "Parkinson's related" illness at hospital surrounded by his family.

Actor Ian Holm who played Bilbo to Elijah Wood's Frodo in Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring has died. Photo: Getty Images

The renowned thespian was also known for his roles in Alien, Chariots of Fire, Time Bandits and The Fifth Element.

The news was broken in a statement from his agent Alex Irwin.

“It is with great sadness we can confirm that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” he said. “He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer. His illness was Parkinson's related.”

He went on to praise a long and illustrious career both on screen and stage.

Ian Holm with Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci,in 1990 Photo:Getty Images

“An established star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Harold Pinter's favourite actor, Sir Ian was globally recognised for his extraordinarily impressive and varied career which included highlights such as 'Chariots of Fire', 'The Fifth Element', 'Alien', 'The Sweet Hereafter', 'Time Bandits', 'The Emperor's New Clothes' and 'The Madness' of 'King George',” he wrote.

“His portrayal of Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogies ensured the magic of his craft could be shared by all generations.

“He was a genius of stage and screen, winning multiple awards and loved by directors, audiences and his colleagues alike. His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

“Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”

Holm received the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his performance as Lenny in theatre production 'The Homecoming' and the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in the title role in 'King Lear'.

He was nominated for an Academy Award for Chariots of Fire in 1982.

Holm is survived by his fourth wife, Sophie de Stempel, and five children from previous relationships.

Since the news broke on Friday, tributes have flown from stars who worked with or were inspired by the long-standing talent.

Reporting by Bang Showbiz!

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