Ian Holm (1931–2020)


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Sir Ian Holm was one of the world's greatest actors, a Laurence Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning, BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated British star of films and the stage. He was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and has played more than 100 roles in films and on television. He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on ... See full bio »

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(age 88) in London, England, UK

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 2014 Alien: Isolation (Video Game)
Ash
 2009 1066: The Battle for Middle Earth (TV Mini Series)
Storyteller
- The Last Battle (2009) ... Storyteller (voice)
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... Storyteller (voice)
 2007 Ratatouille (Video Game)
Skinner (voice)
 2007 Ratatouille
Skinner (voice)
 2006 O Jerusalem
Ben Gurion
 2006 The Treatment
Dr. Ernesto Morales
 2006 Renaissance
Jonas Muller (voice)
 2005 Lord of War
Simeon Weisz
 2005 Chromophobia
Edward Aylesbury
 2005 Strangers with Candy
Dr. Putney
 2004 The Aviator
Professor Fitz
 2004 The Day After Tomorrow
Terry Rapson
 2004 Garden State
Gideon Largeman
 2002 Spinning Wheels (Short)
Hood thief
 2002 The New Detectives: Case Studies in Forensic Science (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Murder for Hire (2002) ... Narrator (voice)
 2002 Waterbaby (TV Movie)
God (voice)
 2001 From Hell
Sir William Gull
 2001 The Emperor's New Clothes
Napoleon Bonaparte / Sergeant Eugene Lenormand
 2000 Field of Fish (Short)
Narrator / Old Tom Maynard
 2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (TV Movie)
Patrick
 2000 Bless the Child
Reverend Grissom
 2000 Beautiful Joe
George The Geek
 2000 Esther Kahn
Nathan Quellen
 2000 The Holocaust on Trial (TV Movie documentary)
Narrator (voice)
 2000 The Miracle Maker
Pontius Pilate (voice)
 2000 Joe Gould's Secret
Joe Gould
 1999 Gooseberries Don't Dance (Short)
 1999 Animal Farm (TV Movie)
Squealer (voice)
 1999 Wisconsin Death Trip
Narrator (voice)
 1999 The Match
Big Tam
 1999 Shergar
Joseph Maguire
 1999 Simon Magus
Sirius / Boris / Head
 1999 eXistenZ
Kiri Vinokur
 1998 Frog (Short)
 1998 Alice Through the Looking Glass (TV Movie)
White Knight
 1998 The Fifth Element (Video Game)
Priest Vito Cornelius (voice)
 1991-1998 Performance (TV Series)
Lear / Duff / Sir William Collyer / ...
- King Lear (1998) ... Lear
- Landscape (1995) ... Duff
- The Deep Blue Sea (1994) ... Sir William Collyer
- Uncle Vanya (1991) ... Astrov
 1997 Incognito
John (uncredited)
 1997 A Life Less Ordinary
Naville
 1997 The Sweet Hereafter
Mitchell
 1997 The Fifth Element
Cornelius
 1996 Night Falls on Manhattan
Liam Casey
 1996 Loch Ness
Water Bailiff
 1996 Big Night
Pascal
 1995 Little Red Riding Hood (TV Movie)
Don Mini the Narrator
 1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Victor's Father
 1993 The Return of the Borrowers (TV Series)
Pod
- Episode #1.6 (1993) ... Pod
- Episode #1.5 (1993) ... Pod
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... Pod
- Episode #1.3 (1993) ... Pod
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Pod
 1993 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (TV Series)
The Tailor
- The Tailor of Gloucester (1993) ... The Tailor (voice)
 1993 The Advocate
Albertus
 1992 The Borrowers (TV Mini Series)
Pod
- Episode #1.6 (1992) ... Pod
- Episode #1.5 (1992) ... Pod
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... Pod
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Pod
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Pod
 1992 Blue Ice
Sir Hector
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
F.R. Leavis
- The Last Romantics (1992) ... F.R. Leavis
 1991 Naked Lunch
Tom Frost
 1991 Kafka
Doctor Murnau
 1990 Hamlet
Polonius
 1990 A Season of Giants (TV Movie)
Lorenzo De Medici
 1990 Chillers (TV Series)
Christopher Waggoner
- The Stuff of Madness (1990) ... Christopher Waggoner
 1989 The Tailor of Gloucester (TV Movie)
The Tailor
 1989 Henry V
Captain Fluellen
 1989 The Endless Game (TV Mini Series)
Control
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Control
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Control
 1988 Game, Set, and Match (TV Series)
Bernard Samson
- London Match: Part 3 (1988) ... Bernard Samson
- London Match: Part 2 (1988) ... Bernard Samson
- London Match: Part 1 (1988) ... Bernard Samson
- Mexico Set: Part 5 (1988) ... Bernard Samson
- Mexico Set: Part 4 (1988) ... Bernard Samson
 1988 Another Woman
Ken
 1987/II Murder by the Book (TV Movie)
Hercule Poirot
 1986 Artists and Models (TV Series)
- Slaves of Fashion (1986) ... (voice)
 1985 The Browning Version (TV Movie)
Andrew Crocker-Harris
 1985 Star Quality: Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill (TV Movie)
Eustace Edgehill
 1985 Dreamchild
Reverend Charles L. Dodgson / Lewis Carroll
 1985 Dance with a Stranger
Desmond Cussen
 1985 Wetherby
Stanley Pilborough
 1985 Brazil
Mr. Kurtzmann
 1984 Singleton's Pluck
Ben Singleton
 1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Capitaine Phillippe D'Arnot
 1983 The World About Us (TV Series documentary)
Words of David Sheldrick spoken by
- Simon Trevor's Bloody Ivory (1983) ... Words of David Sheldrick spoken by (voice)
 1972-1983 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Alceste / Khrushchov / Oedipus
- The Misanthrope (1983) ... Alceste
- The Wood Demon (1974) ... Khrushchov
- King Oedipus (1972) ... Oedipus
 1982 Play for Today (TV Series)
Alexei
- Soft Targets (1982) ... Alexei
 1982 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Alan Corwin
- Death Can Add (1982) ... Alan Corwin
 1982 The Return of the Soldier
Doctor Anderson
 1982 Inside the Third Reich (TV Movie)
Dr. Joseph Goebbels
 1982 The Bell (TV Series)
Michael Meade
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Michael Meade
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Michael Meade
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Michael Meade
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Michael Meade
 1981 Strike: The Birth of Solidarity (TV Movie)
Lech Walesa
 1981 Time Bandits
Napoleon
 1981 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Reader
- Landseer: A Victorian Comedy (1981) ... Reader
 1981 Chariots of Fire
Sam Mussabini
 1980 We, the Accused (TV Mini Series)
Paul Pressett
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Paul Pressett
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Paul Pressett
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Paul Pressett
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Paul Pressett
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Paul Pressett
 1980 Festival: The Misanthrope (TV Movie)
Alceste
 1979 All Quiet on the Western Front (TV Movie)
Himmelstoss
 1979 S.O.S. Titanic (TV Movie)
J. Bruce Ismay
 1979 Alien
Ash
 1978 Les Miserables (TV Movie)
Thenardier
 1978 The Thief of Baghdad (TV Movie)
The Gatekeeper
 1978 The Lost Boys (TV Mini Series)
J.M. Barrie
- An Awfully Big Adventure (1978) ... J.M. Barrie
- Dark and Sinister Man (1978) ... J.M. Barrie
- We Set Out to Be Wrecked (1978) ... J.M. Barrie
 1978 Do You Remember? (TV Series)
Walter Street
- Night School (1978) ... Walter Street
 1978 Holocaust (TV Mini Series)
Heinrich Himmler
- Part 4: 1944-1945 (1978) ... Heinrich Himmler
- Part 3: 1942-1944 (1978) ... Heinrich Himmler
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
The man
- Flayed (1978) ... The man
 1977 March or Die
El Krim
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series)
Bill Ramsey
- Ramsey (1977) ... Bill Ramsey
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini Series)
Zerah
- Part 4 (1977) ... Zerah
- Part 3 (1977) ... Zerah
- Part 2 (1977) ... Zerah
- Part 1 (1977) ... Zerah
 1977 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie)
Duval
 1976 Shout at the Devil
Mohammed
 1976 Robin and Marian
King John
 1975 Private Affairs (TV Series)
David Garrick
- Mr. Garrick and Mrs. Woffington (1975) ... David Garrick
 1974-1975 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini Series)
Wedderburn
- The Statesman (1975) ... Wedderburn
- The Rebel (1975) ... Wedderburn
- The Ambassador (1974) ... Wedderburn
 1974 Juggernaut
Nicholas Porter
 1974 Napoleon and Love (TV Mini Series)
Napoleon
- The End of Love (1974) ... Napoleon
- Louise (1974) ... Napoleon
- Maria Luisa (1974) ... Napoleon
- Maria Walewska (1974) ... Napoleon
- Eleonore (1974) ... Napoleon
 1974 Masquerade (TV Series)
Blake
- May We Come In? (1974) ... Blake
 1974 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Charles Stubbs
- Trial for Murder (1974) ... Charles Stubbs
 1973 The Homecoming
Lenny
 1973 Conjugal Rights (TV Mini Series)
Michael
- Michael and Jenny (1973) ... Michael
- Charles and Paula (1973) ... Michael
- Alan and Rosamund (1973) ... Michael
 1972 The Frighteners (TV Series)
Gordon
- The Treat (1972) ... Gordon
 1972 The Man from Haven (TV Series)
Jack Byron Lever
- Episode #1.6 (1972) ... Jack Byron Lever
- Episode #1.5 (1972) ... Jack Byron Lever
- Episode #1.4 (1972) ... Jack Byron Lever
- Episode #1.3 (1972) ... Jack Byron Lever
- Episode #1.2 (1972) ... Jack Byron Lever
 1972 Young Winston
George Buckle
 1971 Mary, Queen of Scots
David Riccio
 1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
Yakovlev
 1969-1971 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Huw / Omri
- Funny (1971) ... Huw
- Omri's Burning (1969) ... Omri
 1971 Review (TV Series documentary)
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
- Dostoevsky/Bron and Bird (1971) ... Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
 1971 A Severed Head
Martin Lynch-Gibbon
 1963-1970 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Reverend P. Bagley / Edward Gobey / Jamie Norton
- The End of the Line (1970) ... Reverend P. Bagley
- Edward the Confessor (1969) ... Edward Gobey
- The Paradise Suite (1963) ... Jamie Norton
 1969-1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Walter Bardell / Salesman / David Peters
- You See, the Thing Is... (1970) ... Walter Bardell
- The Salesman (1970) ... Salesman
- Moonlight on the Highway (1969) ... David Peters
 1965-1970 The Wars of the Roses (TV Mini Series)
Richard / King Richard III / Richard Duke of Gloucester
- The Fearful King (1970) ... Richard
- Edward of York (1966) ... Richard
- The Kingmaker (1966) ... Richard
- The Lord Protector (1965) ... King Richard III
- Margaret of Anjou (1965) ... Richard Duke of Gloucester
 1970 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Mark Lang
- Emma's Time (1970) ... Mark Lang
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
President Raymond Poincaré
 1968 The Fixer
Grubeshov
 1966-1968 Mystery and Imagination (TV Series)
Frankenstein / The Being / MacFarlane
- Frankenstein (1968) ... Frankenstein / The Being
- The Body Snatcher (1966) ... MacFarlane
 1968 The Bofors Gun
Flynn
 1966 The Power Game (TV Series)
Sefton Kemp
- 'Confound Their Politics' (1966) ... Sefton Kemp
- Trade Secret (1966) ... Sefton Kemp
- Persons and Papers (1966) ... Sefton Kemp
- Late Via Rome (1966) ... Sefton Kemp
 1962 The Cherry Orchard (TV Movie)
Piotr Sergeyevich Trofimov, a Student
 1961 Theatre Night (TV Series)
The King
- Ondine (1961) ... The King
 1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie)
Puck
 1958 Girls at Sea (uncredited)
 1957 Robert's Wife (TV Movie)
Bob
 1957 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Granillo
- Rope (1957) ... Granillo
- The Wooden Dish (1957) ... Granillo
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Other Works:

He acted in Anton Chekhov's play, "The Cherry Orchard," in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England in the Royal Shakespeare/Stratford-On-Avon Company production with Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud, Dorothy Tutin, Judi Dench, George Murcell, and Paul Hardwick in the cast. Michel Saint-Denis was ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Sir Ian Holm

Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on his Hobbit feet in the Lord of the Rings films] These things are like boats with toes. See more »

Trivia:

Though he has only appeared in two productions of "The Lord of the Rings", he has worked with three Aragorns. He appeared with Viggo Mortensen in the Lord of the Rings films, Robert Stephens in the radio adaptation, and worked with John Hurt in Alien (1979). Mortensen and Hurt were also both last-minute replacements for other actors. See more »

Trademark:

Rich smooth voice

Star Sign:

Virgo

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