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At age 7, Ian Holm attended a performance of "Les Misérables" starring the legendary Charles Laughton, and he decided what he wanted to do with his life. Sixteen years later, the diminutive actor made his stage debut as a sword carrier in "Othello."

Born Sept. 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, England, Holm joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1954, turning in numerous award-winning performances during his 10 years there. In 1968, he made his first film appearance of note in director Peter Hall's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Despite steady work in film and TV over the next decade, it wasn't until his Oscar-nominated performance in 1981's Chariots of Fire that Holm finally achieved star status.

Over the years, Holm has continued to deliver nuanced performances in films such as Brazil (1985), The Madness of King George, The Sweet Hereafter, two Lord of the Rings movies and The Aviator (2004).

Ian Holm in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2012 PG-13

Beloved hobbit Bilbo Baggins is back in a visually spectacular tale inspired by The Lord of the Rings and likewise directed by Peter Jackson. Joining the effort to free the Kingdom of Erebor, Bilbo also faces a fateful encounter with Gollum.

  • Ian Holm in Alien Alien
  • Ian Holm in Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  • Ian Holm in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Ian Holm in The Fifth Element The Fifth Element
  • Ian Holm in The Aviator The Aviator
  • Ian Holm in Chariots of Fire Chariots of Fire
  • Ian Holm in The Sweet Hereafter The Sweet Hereafter
  • Ian Holm in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan
  • Ian Holm in Brazil Brazil
  • Ian Holm in Big Night Big Night
  • Ian Holm in Ratatouille Ratatouille
  • Ian Holm in Holocaust Holocaust
  • Ian Holm in Strangers with Candy Strangers with Candy
  • Ian Holm in Time Bandits Time Bandits
  • Ian Holm in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Ian Holm in From Hell From Hell
  • Ian Holm in LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Ed. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Ed.
  • Ian Holm in Hamlet Hamlet
  • Ian Holm in Lord of War Lord of War
  • Ian Holm in All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Ian Holm in Naked Lunch Naked Lunch
  • Ian Holm in Brazil: The Brazil: The "Love Conquers All" Version
  • Ian Holm in eXistenZ eXistenZ
  • Ian Holm in Bless the Child Bless the Child
  • Ian Holm in Garden State Garden State
  • Ian Holm in Henry V Henry V
  • Ian Holm in LOTR: Return of the King: Extended Ed. LOTR: Return of the King: Extended Ed.
  • Ian Holm in Renaissance Renaissance
  • Ian Holm in The Emperor's New Clothes The Emperor's New Clothes
  • Ian Holm in The Treatment The Treatment
  • Ian Holm in Mary, Queen of Scots Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Ian Holm in Napoleon & Love Napoleon & Love
  • Ian Holm in Robin and Marian Robin and Marian
  • Ian Holm in Les Miserables Les Miserables
  • Ian Holm in Loch Ness Loch Ness
  • Ian Holm in Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Ian Holm in King Lear King Lear
  • Ian Holm in Animal Farm Animal Farm
  • Ian Holm in O' Jerusalem O' Jerusalem
  • Ian Holm in Wood Demon / The Proposal / The Wedding Wood Demon / The Proposal / The Wedding
  • Ian Holm in A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Ian Holm in The Homecoming The Homecoming
  • Ian Holm in March or Die March or Die
  • Ian Holm in Jesus of Nazareth Jesus of Nazareth
  • Ian Holm in The Lost Boys The Lost Boys
  • Ian Holm in Mrs. Reinhardt / Soft Targets Mrs. Reinhardt / Soft Targets
  • Ian Holm in Blue Ice Blue Ice
  • Ian Holm in A Life Less Ordinary A Life Less Ordinary
  • Ian Holm in Shergar: Discover the Heart of a Champion Shergar: Discover the Heart of a Champion
  • Ian Holm in The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus
  • Ian Holm in Prisoner of Paradise Prisoner of Paradise
  • Ian Holm in The Making of Modern Children's Literature The Making of Modern Children's Literature