Bernard Hill

Bernard Hill

  • Highest Rated: 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% Gothika (2003)
  • Birthday: Dec 17, 1944
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • When producers of the Lord of the Rings trilogy needed an actor of eminence and power to play King Théoden in the second and third films, they went fishing and reeled in a prize catch: Bernard Hill. It was Hill who portrayed Captain E.J. Smith in the 1997 box-office blockbuster Titanic. By sinking to the bottom as the stiff-upper-lipped commanding officer of the doomed ship, Hill rose to new heights in his profession, receiving international recognition for his acting skill. Although Titanic was mediocre artistically, audiences loved it for its soapy melodrama, special effects, and strong performances from veteran actors like Hill. But who was Hill? When fans checked into his background, they discovered that he was among Britain's most accomplished actors. In the 1980s, he earned critical acclaim for roles in stage and television productions of Shakespeare's plays and won Britain's Press Guild award for Achievement of the Decade for his performance in the TV miniseries Boys From the Blackstuff. In 1994, he received a British Academy award for his starring role in Skallagrigg. Further research revealed that Hill had portrayed Gratus in what was unquestionably one of the top three or four TV miniseries of all time -- I, Claudius (1976) -- and Sergeant Putnam in the 1982 Academy Award-winning biodrama Gandhi. Hill was born on December 17, 1944, in Manchester, England, and eventually resided with his own family in Suffolk. Since the early '70s, he has acted in television and film, as well as theater. Hill has appeared in TV adaptations of such classics as The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot; The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; and Antigone by Sophocles. Hill accepted roles in a string of films with offbeat names: Besides Skallagrigg, he appeared in Madagascar Skin (1995), Drug-Taking and the Arts (1994), Dirtysomething (1993), Drowning by Numbers (1988), Bellman and True (1987), Milwr Bychan (1986), Squaring the Circle (1984), The Spongers (1978), and Pit Strike (1977). In the Lord of the Rings films, Hill plays white-haired Théoden Ednew, the 17th king of Rohan and a defender of Middle-earth. Made old and decrepit beyond his chronological age by the machinations of Grima Wormtongue and Saruman, Théoden regains his vigor through the intervention of Gandalf and rides his horse, Snowmane, to battlefield glory.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

23% Golden Years Actor 2016
No Score Yet The Ballad Of County Clare Actor 2013
88% ParaNorman The Judge $56M 2012
50% The Kid Actor 2010
62% Valkyrie Confident General - Desert $83M 2008
57% Franklyn Peter Esser 2008
No Score Yet Wild China Actor 2008
No Score Yet Save Angel Hope Actor 2007
No Score Yet El Corazón de la tierra (The Heart of the Earth) Mr. Crown 2007
No Score Yet No Go: The Free Derry Story Actor 2006
No Score Yet Joy Division (Vörös Vihar) Dennis 2006
No Score Yet Ocean Odyssey Actor 2006
No Score Yet El Sueño de Una Noche de San Juan (Midsummer Dream) Actor 2005
83% The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse King William III 2005
No Score Yet A Very Social Secretary Actor 2005
61% Wimbledon Edward Colt $16.9M 2004
46% The Boys and Girl from County Clare John Joe 2004
No Score Yet The Grid Derek Jennings 2004
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King King Théoden $364.1M 2003
14% Gothika Dr. Phil Parsons $59.6M 2003
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Théoden $339.8M 2002
40% The Scorpion King Philos $90.4M 2002
64% Eisenstein Stalin 2002
33% The Criminal Inspector Walker 2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring King Theoden $314.1M 2001
67% A Question of Faith Frederick 2001
No Score Yet Going Off Big Time Actor 2000
47% The Loss of Sexual Innocence Actor 1999
67% William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Egeus 1999
No Score Yet Great Expectations Abel Magwitch 1999
54% True Crime Luther 1999
89% Titanic Capt. Smith 1997
No Score Yet The Mill on the Floss Edward Tulliver 1997
No Score Yet Madagascar Skin Flint 1996
51% The Ghost and the Darkness Dr. Hawthorne 1996
75% The Wind in the Willows Engine Driver 1996
No Score Yet Double X: The Name of the Game Ignatious "Iggy" Smith 1992
69% The Rescuers Down Under Actor 1990
69% Mountains of the Moon David 1990
71% Shirley Valentine Joe Bradshaw 1989
92% Drowning by Numbers Henry Madgett 1988
No Score Yet Bellman & True Hiller 1988
No Score Yet Restless Natives Will's father 1986
No Score Yet No Surrender Bernard 1985
No Score Yet The Chain Nick 1985
78% The Bounty Cole 1984
No Score Yet Henry VI Actor 1983
84% Gandhi Sergeant Putnam 1982
No Score Yet Choice of Weapons Actor 1976
No Score Yet Hard Labour Edward 1973

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

98% Wolf Hall
2015
Duke of Norfolk
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Wolf Hall on Masterpiece
2015
Duke of Norfolk
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Grid
2004
Derek Jennings
  • 2004
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Magwich Edward Tulliver
  • 1999
  • 1997
No Score Yet Boys from the Blackstuff
1982
  • 1982
100% I, Claudius
1976
Gratus
  • 1978
91% Unforgotten
2018
Father Robert Greaves

QUOTES FROM Bernard Hill CHARACTERS

Thomas Andrews
She can stay afloat with the first four compartments breached but not five. Not five. She goes down by the head, the water will spill over the bulkheads, from one to the next back and back there's no stopping it.
Capt. Smith
The pumps, we open the doors,
Thomas Andrews
The pumps buy you time! But minutes only. from this moment there's no matter what to do. Titanic will founder.
Bruce Ismay
But this ship can't sink.
Thomas Andrews
She's made of Iron sir! I assure you she can! And she will. It is a mathematical certainty.
Capt. Smith
How much time?
Thomas Andrews
An hour. Two at most.
Capt. Smith
And how many aboard Mr. Murdoch?
1st Officer Murdoch
2,200 souls on board sir.
Capt. Smith
Well I believe you may get your headlines Mr. Ismay.
Théoden
May this be the hour when we draw swords together.
Théoden
The horn of Helm Hammerhand shall sound in the deep. One last time.
Théoden
Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath, now for ruin and the red dawn! [the Uruks break down the doors] FORTH EORLINGAS! CHARGE!
Théoden
Where is the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? They have passed like rain on the mountains. Like wind in the meadows. The days have gone down in the West. Behind the hills, into shadow. How did it come to this?
Captain Smith
Women and children first!
Captain Smith
You'll get your headlines Mr. Ismay!
Philos
Good lord. Are you going to kill me?
The Scorpion King/Mathayus
Maybe later.
Captain Smith
It looks like you will get your headlines after all, Mr. Ismay...
Théoden
So much death. What can men do against such reckless hate?
King Théoden
I know your face.
King Théoden
I know your face, Eowyn.
King Théoden
Forth! Down fear of darkness! Arise! Arise, Riders of Théoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... a red day... and the sun rises! Ride now... Ride now... Ride! Ride for ruin and the world's ending! Death! Death!! Death!!!
King Théoden
Forth, and fear no darkness! Arise! Arise, Riders of Theoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... a red day ere the sun rises! Ride now!... Ride! Ride to ruin and the world's ending!
King Théoden
"DEATH!!"
King Théoden
Death!
Gimli
"We dwarves are natural sprinters! Very dangerous over short distances"
Gimli
We dwarves are natural sprinters! Very dangerous over short distances.
Legolas
"I feel something, a slight tingle in my fingers, I think its affecting me!"
Legolas
I feel something, a slight tingle in my fingers, I think its affecting me!
Legolas
"Game Over"
Legolas
Game Over.
Gimli
"Its the dwarfs that go swimming, with little hairy women"
Gimli
It's the dwarfs that go swimming, with little hairy women.
�?omer
"But do not trust to hope, it is forsaken in these lands"
�?omer
But do not trust to hope, it is forsaken in these lands.
�?omer
"TO THE KING!!"
�?omer
To the King!
Théoden
"Let this me th hour, when we draw swords together"
Théoden
Let this me the hour, when we draw swords together.
King Théoden
Look at my men. Their courage hangs by a thread. If this is to be our end, then I would have them make such an end, as to be worthy of remembrance