Bernard Hill

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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
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
41% 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
52% 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
68% The Rescuers Down Under Actor 1990
69% Mountains of the Moon David 1990
69% 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
82% The Bounty Cole 1984
No Score Yet Henry VI Actor 1983
86% Gandhi Sergeant Putnam 1982
No Score Yet Choice of Weapons Actor 1976
No Score Yet Hard Labour Edward 1973

TV

CREDIT
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

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