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Ian Holm

Highest Rated:   100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Lowest Rated:   3% Bless the Child (2000)
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Birthplace:   Goodmayes, Essex, England, UK
Popularly known as "Mr. Ubiquitous" thanks to his versatility as a stage and screen actor, Ian Holm is one of Britain's most acclaimed -- to say nothing of steadily employed -- performers. Although the foundations of his career were built on the stage, he has become an increasingly popular onscreen presence in his later years. Holm earned particular plaudits for his work in Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter (1997), in which he played an emotionally broken lawyer who comes to a small town that has been devastated by a recent school bus crash.Born on September 12, 1931, Holm came into the world in a Goodmayes, Ilford, mental asylum, where his father resided as a psychiatrist and superintendent. When he wasn't tending to the insane, Holm's father took him to the theatre, where he was first inspired, at the age of seven, by a production of Les Miserables starring Charles Laughton. The inspiration carried him through his adolescence -- which, by his account, was not a happy one -- and in 1950, Holm enrolled at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Coincidentally, while a student at RADA, he ended up acting with none other than Laughton himself.Following a year of national service, Holm joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, making his stage debut as a sword carrier in Othello. In 1956, after two years with the RSC, he debuted on the London stage in a West End production of Love Affair; that same year, he toured Europe with Laurence Olivier's production of Titus Andronicus. Holm subsequently returned to the RSC, where he stayed for the next ten years, winning a number of awards. Among the honors he received were two Evening Standard Actor of the Year Awards for his work in Henry V and The Homecoming; in 1967, he won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway production The Homecoming.The diminutive actor (standing 5'6") made his film debut as Puck in Peter Hall's 1968 adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a production that Holm himself characterized as "a total disaster." Less disastrous was that same year's The Bofors Gun, a military drama that earned Holm a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA. He went on to appear in a steady stream of British films and television series throughout the '70s, doing memorable work in films ranging from Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) to Alien (1978), the latter of which saw him achieving a measure of celluloid immortality as Ash, the treacherous android. Holm's TV work during the decade included a 1973 production of The Homecoming and a 1978 production of Les Miserables, made a full 40 years after he first saw it staged with Charles Laughton.Holm began the '80s surrounded by a halo of acclaim garnered for his supporting role as Harold Abrahams' coach in Chariots of Fire (1981). Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, he won both a BAFTA and Cannes Festival Award in the same category for his performance. Not content to rest on his laurels, he played Napoleon in Terry Gilliam's surreal Time Bandits that same year; he and Gilliam again collaborated on the 1985 future dystopia masterpiece Brazil. Also in 1985, Holm turned in one of his greatest -- and most overlooked -- performances of the decade as Desmond Cussen, Ruth Ellis' steadfast, unrequited admirer in Dance with a Stranger. He also continued to bring his interpretations of the Bard to the screen, providing Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989) with a very sympathetic Fluellen and Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990) with a resolutely meddlesome Polonius.The following decade brought with it further acclaim for Holm on both the stage and screen. On the stage -- from which he had been absent since 1976, when he suffered a bout of stage fright -- he won a number of honors, including the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Actor for his eponymous performance in King Lear; he also earned Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards for his work in the play, as well as an Emmy nomination for its

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Bilbo Baggins (old)
$187.8M 2014
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Old Bilbo
$303.1M 2012
No Score Yet Shergar
  • Joseph Maguire
2008
No Score Yet Roald Dahl: The Making of Modern Children's Literature
  • Actor
2008
35% O Jerusalem
  • Ben Gurion
$0.2M 2007
96% Ratatouille
  • Skinner
$112.5M 2007
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker
  • Pilate
2007
No Score Yet The Real Middle Earth
  • Narrator
2007
49% Renaissance
  • Jonas Muller
2006
68% The Treatment
  • Dr. Ernesto Morales
2006
61% Lord of War
  • Simeon Weisz
$24.1M 2005
31% Chromophobia
  • Edward Aylesbury
2005
No Score Yet The Adventures of Errol Flynn
  • Actor
2005
52% Strangers with Candy
  • Dr. Putney
$2.0M 2005
87% The Aviator
  • Professor Fitz
$102.6M 2004
86% Garden State
  • Dr. Gideon Largeman
$26.8M 2004
45% The Day After Tomorrow
  • Prof. Terry Rapson
$186.6M 2004
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Bilbo Baggins
$364.1M 2003
82% Prisoner of Paradise
  • Narrator
2002
73% The Emperor's New Clothes
  • Napoleon Bonaparte/Eugene Lenormand
$0.5M 2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Bilbo
$314.1M 2001
57% From Hell
  • Sir William Gull
$30.7M 2001
63% Simon Magus
  • Sirius/Boris/The Devil
2001
50% Esther Kahn
  • Nathan Quellen
2001
No Score Yet The Last of the Blonde Bombshells
  • Director
  • Actor
2000
3% Bless the Child
  • Rev. Grissom
$28.2M 2000
60% Beautiful Joe
  • George the Geek
2000
67% Joe Gould's Secret
  • Joe Gould
2000
40% Animal Farm
  • Squealer
1999
No Score Yet The Match
  • Big Tam
1999
71% Existenz
  • Kiri Vinokur
1999
75% Wisconsin Death Trip
  • Narrator
1999
No Score Yet Shergar: Discover the Heart of a Champion
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • White Knight
1998
33% Incognito
  • John
1998
100% The Sweet Hereafter
  • Mitchell Stephens
1997
39% A Life Less Ordinary
  • Naville
1997
68% Night Falls on Manhattan
  • Liam Casey
1997
71% The Fifth Element
  • Cornelius
1997
96% Big Night
  • Pascal
1996
No Score Yet The Churchills
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Loch Ness
  • The Water Bailiff
1995
93% The Madness of King George
  • Dr. Willis
1994
39% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Victor's Father
1994
75% The Advocate (The Hour of the Pig)
  • Albertus
1994
No Score Yet Borrowers
  • Pod
1994
No Score Yet Return of the Borrowers
  • Pod Clock
1993
No Score Yet Blue Ice
  • Sir Hector
1993
No Score Yet Elizabeth R: A Year in the Life of the Queen
  • Actor
1992
71% Naked Lunch
  • Frost
1991
57% Kafka
  • Murnau
1991
76% Hamlet
  • Polonius
1990
100% Henry V
  • Fluellen
1989
No Score Yet Tailor of Gloucester
  • The Tailor
1989
No Score Yet The Endless Game
  • Control
1989
67% Another Woman
  • Dr. Ken Post
1988
100% Dreamchild
  • Rev. Charles Dodgson
1985
98% Brazil
  • Kurtzmann
1985
No Score Yet The Return of the Soldier
  • Actor
1985
90% Dance with a Stranger
  • Desmond Cussen
1985
80% Wetherby
  • Stanley Pilborough
1985
69% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
  • D'Arnot
1984
No Score Yet Singleton's Pluck
  • Ben Singleton
1984
No Score Yet Return of the Soldier
  • Dr. Gilbert Anderson
1982
No Score Yet Inside the Third Reich
  • Goebbels
1982
91% Time Bandits
  • Napoleon
1981
83% Chariots of Fire
  • Sam Mussabini
1981
86% Dragonslayer
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet S.O.S. Titanic
  • J. Bruce Ismay
1979
97% Alien
  • Ash
1979
No Score Yet All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Himmelstoss
1979
No Score Yet Les Miserables
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Lost Boys
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Thief of Baghdad
  • The Gatekeeper
1978
No Score Yet March Or Die
  • El Krim
1977
No Score Yet The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Duval
1977
No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
  • Zerah
1977
60% Shout at the Devil
  • Mohammed
1976
76% Robin and Marian
  • King John
1976
No Score Yet Juggernaut
  • Nicholas Porter
1974
No Score Yet The Homecoming
  • Lenny
1973
44% Young Winston
  • George Buckle
1972
No Score Yet Mary, Queen of Scots
  • David Riccio
1972
71% Nicholas and Alexandra
  • Yakovlev
1971
75% Oh! What A Lovely War
  • President Poincare
1969
71% The Fixer
  • Grubeshov
1968
No Score Yet The Bofors Gun
  • Flynn
1968
No Score Yet A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Puck
1968
No Score Yet Cherry Orchard
  • Actor
1962

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Narrator
  • Voice
  • 2000
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • King Lear
  • 1998

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