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Bernard Hill

Lowest Rated:   14% Gothika (2003)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
27% Golden Years
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Ballad Of County Clare
  • Actor
2013
87% ParaNorman
  • The Judge
$56.0M 2012
56% The Kid
  • Actor
2010
62% Valkyrie
  • Confident General - Desert
$83.0M 2008
59% 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
60% 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
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • King Théoden
$364.1M 2003
14% Gothika
  • Dr. Phil Parsons
$59.6M 2003
96% 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
55% True Crime
  • Luther
1999
88% Titanic
  • Capt. Smith
1997
No Score Yet The Mill on the Floss
  • Edward Tulliver
1997
No Score Yet Madagascar Skin
  • Flint
1996
50% 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
67% Shirley Valentine
  • Joe Bradshaw
1989
91% 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
88% Gandhi
  • Sergeant Putnam
1982
No Score Yet Choice of Weapons
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Hard Labour
  • Edward
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
97% Wolf Hall
2015
  • Duke of Norfolk
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Wolf Hall on Masterpiece
2015
  • Duke of Norfolk
  • 2015
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Magwich Edward Tulliver
  • 1999
  • 1997

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