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Carmel Dagan at Variety reports the death of Ian Holm (Cuthbert). He was 88 years old.
During his career, Holm won the Tony and the BAFTA Awards, and was nominated for the Academy Award. He was well-known for his rounds in Shakespearean theater, but in later years gained notoriety in the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies.
Perhaps best known, to readers of this blog, he played Ash, the persnickety science officer in Alien, whose uttered these particularly chilling words in an exchange with the doomed crew of the Nostromo:
Ash: You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
Lambert: You admire it.
Ash: I admire its purity. A survivor… unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions
Parker: Look, I’ve heard enough of this. I’m asking you to pull the plug.
Ash: Last word.
Ash: I can’t lie to you about your chances, but… you have my sympathies.
Other notable roles for Holm were Gunner Flynn, in The Bofors Gun (1968), Nicholas Porter in Juggernaut (1974), Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire (1981), Mr. Kurtzman in Brazil (1985), Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element (1997), and Bilbo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
Holm’s awards included:
- An Academy-Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Chariots of Fire, 1981),
- BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Artist (Chariots of Fire, 1981), and The Bofors Gun, 1968),
- Numerous BAFTA Award nominations for Best Performance, Best Actor, and Best Support Actor (The Madness of King George, 1994; Game, Set, and Match, 1988; Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, 1984; and The Lost Boys, 1978).
Alas, no awards for his role as Ash…
Ian Holm’s filmography from IMDb.com
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