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  • Ian Holm

    Born on September 12, 1931 in Goodmayes, Essex, England

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The Aviator (2004)

Ian Holm as "Professor Fitz"

Billionaire and aviation tycoon Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a successful public figure: a director of big-budget Hollywood films such as "Hell's Angels," a passionate lover of Hollywood leading ladies Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and an aviation pioneer who helps build TWA into a major airline. But in private, Hughes remains tormented, suffering from paralyzing phobias and depression. The higher he rises, the farther has to fall.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Ian Holm as "Bilbo"

The culmination of nearly 10 years' work and conclusion to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the timeless J.R.R. Tolkien classic, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" presents the final confrontation between the forces of good and evil fighting for control of the future of Middle-earth. Hobbits Frodo and Sam reach Mordor in their quest to destroy the `one ring', while Aragorn leads the forces of good against Sauron's evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Ian Holm as "Bilbo Baggins"

The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces are unrelenting in their search for it. But fate has placed it in the hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who inherits the Ring and steps into legend. A daunting task lies ahead for Frodo when he becomes the Ringbearer - to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000)

Ian Holm as "Patrick"

A widow (Judi Dench) tries to reassemble an all-girl swing band in which she played during World War II.

Emmy (Primetime) (2000) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

The Madness of King George (1994)

Ian Holm as "Dr. Willis"

Aging King George III (Nigel Hawthorne) of England is exhibiting signs of madness, a problem little understood in 1788. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his hapless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the day. Meanwhile, Queen Charlotte (Helen Mirren) and Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger (Julian Wadham) attempt to prevent the king's political enemies, led by the Prince of Wales (Rupert Everett), from usurping the throne.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

Ian Holm as "Capitaine Phillippe D'Arnot"

Classic tale of the wild man raised by apes in the African jungle after his explorer parents are shipwrecked and then die while he is still a baby. Rediscovered by adventurers when he has grown to manhood, he is returned to the strange and unfamiliar world of the British aristocracy and discovers that, despite a doting grandfather and a female admirer, civilization can be a cruel place.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984) Nominated Supporting Actor

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Ian Holm as "Sam Mussabini"

In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart Sybil (Alice Krige) in his single-minded quest.

Academy Award (1981) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981) Won Supporting Artist

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