English actor Sir Ian Holm, best known for his role of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord Of The Rings, sadly passed away on Friday.

The actor, who was 88 years old, died peacefully in hospital with his family and his caregiver by his side. It was confirmed that Holm’s death was linked to his lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Holm appeared in over 75 movies, and worked on a number of television and theatre productions, winning the Olivier Award in 1998 for his West End performance in King Lear.

Holm’s career spanned over 6 decades, and his movie credits range from Chariots Of Fire (a role for which he was nominated an Academy Award) to Ratatouille. His first film role to have a major impact was that of the android, Ash, in Ridley Scott’s Alien. He also appeared in The Fifth Element, The Sweet Hereafter, Time Bandits, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Madness Of King George.

In 2001, he appeared as Bilbo Baggins in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, having previously played Bilbo’s nephew Frodo Baggins in the 1981 BBC Radio adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings. For his performance in The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003), Holm shared the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Holm recently missed out on a Lord Of The Rings Zoom reunion just earlier this month, writing to fans –

“I am sorry to not see you in person, I miss you all and hope your adventures have taken you to many places, I am in lockdown in my hobbit home, or holm.”

Here’s a small tribute video dedicated to the great man, thanks to Blair for putting it together.

Holm was knighted in 1998 for his services to drama.