Ian Holm

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Sir Ian Holm
CBE
Ian Holm.jpg
Holm in Edinburgh, August 2004
BornIan Holm Cuthbert
(1931-09-12) 12 September 1931 (age 82)
Goodmayes, Essex, England
OccupationActor
Years active1957–present
Spouse(s)
  • Lynn Mary Shaw
  • (1955–1965)
  • Sophie Baker
  • (1982–1986)
  • Penelope Wilton
  • (1991–2001)
  • Sophie de Stempel
  • (2003–present)
Children5
 
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Sir Ian Holm
CBE
Ian Holm.jpg
Holm in Edinburgh, August 2004
BornIan Holm Cuthbert
(1931-09-12) 12 September 1931 (age 82)
Goodmayes, Essex, England
OccupationActor
Years active1957–present
Spouse(s)
  • Lynn Mary Shaw
  • (1955–1965)
  • Sophie Baker
  • (1982–1986)
  • Penelope Wilton
  • (1991–2001)
  • Sophie de Stempel
  • (2003–present)
Children5

Sir Ian Holm, CBE (born 12 September 1931) is an English actor known for his stage work and many film roles. He received the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his performance as Lenny in The Homecoming and the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of King Lear. He was nominated for the 1981 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as athletics trainer Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire. Other well-known film roles include Ash in Alien, Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element, and the hobbit Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series.

Early years[edit]

Holm was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on 12 September 1931 in Goodmayes, in Essex, to Scottish parents, Jean Wilson (née Holm) and James Harvey Cuthbert.[1] His mother was a nurse, and his father was a psychiatrist who worked as the superintendent of the West Ham Corporation Mental Hospital and was one of the pioneers of electric shock therapy.[2][3][4][5] He had an older brother, Eric, who died in 1943. Holm was educated at the independent Chigwell School in Essex. His parents retired to Mortehoe, Devon and then Worthing where he joined an amateur dramatic society.[6] A visit to the dentist led to an introduction to Henry Baynton, a well-known provincial Shakespearean actor who helped Holm train for admission to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he secured a place in 1949. His studies there were interrupted a year later when he was called up for National Service in the British Army, during which he was posted to Klagenfurt, Austria and attained the rank of Lance Corporal. They were then interrupted a second time when he volunteered to go on an acting tour of the United States in 1952.[6] He finally graduated from RADA in 1953; whilst there he had been offered 'spear-carrying' roles at Stratford and he stayed there for 13 years, soon graduating to more significant roles and abandoning plans to move on after Peter Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960.[6]

Career[edit]

Holm was an established star of the Royal Shakespeare Company before making an impact on television and film. In 1965, he played Richard III in the BBC serialisation of The Wars of The Roses, based on the RSC production of the plays, and gradually made a name for himself with minor roles in films such as Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) and Young Winston (1972). In 1967, he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play as Lenny in The Homecoming by Harold Pinter. In 1977, Holm appeared in the TV mini-series Jesus of Nazareth as the Sadducee Zerah, and a villainous Moroccan in March or Die. The following year he played J. M. Barrie in the award-winning BBC TV series The Lost Boys, in which his son Barnaby played the young George Llewelyn Davies.

In 1981 he played Frodo Baggins in the BBC radio adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.[7]

Holm's first film role to have a major impact was that of the treacherous android, Ash, in Ridley Scott's Alien (1979). His portrayal of Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire (1981), earned him a special award at the Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Back home in England, he won a BAFTA award, for Best Supporting Actor, for Chariots. In the 1980s, he had memorable roles in Time Bandits (1981), Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985). He played Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland in the Dennis Potter-scripted fantasy Dreamchild (1985).

In 1989 Holm was nominated for a BAFTA award for the TV series Game, Set and Match. Based on the novels by Len Deighton, this tells the story of an intelligence officer (Holm) who discovers that his own wife is an enemy spy. He continued to perform Shakespeare, and appeared with Kenneth Branagh in Henry V (1989) and as Polonius to Mel Gibson's Hamlet (1990). Holm was reunited with Kenneth Branagh in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), playing the father of Branagh's Victor Frankenstein.

Holm raised his profile in 1997 with two prominent roles, as the stressed but gentle priest Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element and the tormented plaintiff's lawyer in The Sweet Hereafter. In 2001 he starred in From Hell as the physician Sir William Withey Gull. The same year he appeared as Bilbo Baggins in the blockbuster film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, having previously played Bilbo's nephew Frodo Baggins in a 1981 BBC Radio adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. He reappeared in the trilogy in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), for which he shared a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He reprised his role as the elder Bilbo Baggins in the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Holm has been nominated for an Emmy Award twice, for a PBS broadcast of a National Theatre production of King Lear, in 1999; and for a supporting role in the HBO film The Last of the Blonde Bombshells opposite Judi Dench, in 2001. Holm has provided voice-overs for many British TV documentaries and commercials.

Holm has appeared in two David Cronenberg films: Naked Lunch (1991) and eXistenZ (1999). He was Harold Pinter's favourite actor, the playwright once stating: "He puts on my shoe, and it fits!"[8] Holm played Lenny in the first performance of Pinter's masterpiece The Homecoming.

He has played Napoleon Bonaparte three times: first, in the 1972 television series Napoleon and Love; next, in a cameo comic rendition, in Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits from 1981; third, in 2001 he played the fallen and exiled leader in the fanciful film The Emperor's New Clothes.

Personal life[edit]

Holm has been married four times.[9] His first three marriages ended in divorce. In 1991, he married his third wife, actress Penelope Wilton, in Wiltshire.[10] They appeared together in The Borrowers (1993) on British television. They divorced in 2001.[9] He is currently married to artist Sophie de Stempel, a protégée and life model of Lucian Freud.[11]

Holm has five children; three daughters and two sons from three women, including the first two of his four wives.[9] His eldest two are from his first marriage, two are by Bee Gilbert, and the youngest is from his second marriage. In chronological order: His eldest daughter, Jessica, is presenter of the Crufts Dog Show.[12] Sarah-Jane Holm played Jenny Rodenhurst Simcock in A Bit of a Do.[citation needed] Barnaby Holm acted as a child but now lives in Los Angeles as a Hollywood club owner.[citation needed] Melissa Holm is a casting director.[citation needed] Harry Holm is a filmmaker most notable for his music videos, and is engaged to Samantha Morton.[citation needed]

He was treated for prostate cancer in 2001; the disease currently appears to be in complete remission.[9]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1968The Bofors GunFlynnBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The FixerGrubeshov
A Midsummer Night's DreamPuck, or Robin Goodfellow
1969Oh! What A Lovely WarPresident Poincaré
1970A Severed HeadMartin Lynch-Gibbon
1971Nicholas and AlexandraCommissar Yakovlev
Mary, Queen of ScotsDavid Rizzio
1972Young WinstonGeorge E. Buckle
1973The HomecomingLenny
1974Napoleon and LoveNapoleon I(TV)
JuggernautNicholas Porter
1976Robin and MarianKing John
Shout at the DevilMohammed
1977The Man in the Iron MaskDuval
March or DieEl Krim
Jesus of NazarethZerah
1978Les MisérablesThénardier
Do You Remember?(TV)
Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
The Lost BoysJ. M. Barrie(TV)
Royal Television Society Award for Best Performance
Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
HolocaustHeinrich Himmler(TV)
1979All Quiet on the Western FrontHimmelstoss(TV Film)
AlienAsh
S.O.S. TitanicJ. Bruce Ismay
1980We, the AccusedPaul Pressett(TV)
1981Chariots of FireSam MussabiniBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Cannes Film Festival Award Best Supporting Actor (Special Award)
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — American Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor
Time BanditsNapoleon
1982The BellMichael Meade(TV)
The Return of the SoldierDoctor Anderson
Inside the Third ReichGoebbels
1984Laughterhouse
Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the ApesCapitain Philippe D'ArnotNominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Terror in the Aisles
1985The Browning VersionAndrew Crocker-HarrisCableACE Award for Best Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special
DreamchildReverend Charles L. Dodgson/Lewis CarrollBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Fantasporto's International Fantasy Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
WetherbyStanley PilboroughBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
BrazilMr KurtzmannBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Dance with a StrangerDesmond CussenBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Mr and Mrs EdgehillEustace Edgehill
1986Murder by the BookHercule Poirot(TV)
1988Game, Set and MatchBernard Samson(TV)
Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Another WomanKen
1989Henry VFluellen
1990HamletPolonius
1991Uncle VanyaAstrovBBC TV
Naked LunchTom Frost
KafkaDoctor Murnau
1992Blue IceSir Hector
The BorrowersPod Clock(TV)
1993The Hour of the PigAlbertusAlso known as The Advocate
The Return of the BorrowersPod Clock(TV)
1994Mary Shelley's FrankensteinBaron Frankenstein
The Madness of King GeorgeDr. WillisNominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1996Big NightPascal
Loch NessWater Bailiff
1997Night Falls on ManhattanLiam Casey
The Sweet HereafterMitchell StephensGenie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
Nominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (2nd place)
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
The Fifth ElementFather Vito Cornelius
A Life Less OrdinaryNaville
IncognitoJohn
1998Alice Through the Looking GlassWhite Knight
King LearLearCritics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor
Evening Standard Award for Best Actor
Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
1999Animal FarmSquealerVoice
ShergarJoseph Maguire
eXistenZKiri Vinokur
Simon MagusSirius/Boris/The Devil
The MatchBig Tam
2000Joe Gould's SecretJoe Gould
The Miracle MakerPontius Pilate
The Last of the Blonde BombshellsPatrickNominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Esther KahnNathan Quellen
Beautiful JoeGeorge The Geek
Bless the ChildReverend Grissom
2001From HellSir William Gull
The Emperor's New ClothesNapoleon/Sergeant Eugene Lenormand
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingBilbo BagginsPhoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingBilbo BagginsBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2004The Day After TomorrowProfessor Terry Rapson
Garden StateGideon Largeman
The AviatorProfessor FitzNominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Monsters we MetNarrator(TV Documentary)
The Last DragonNarrator(TV)
2005Strangers with CandyDr. Putney
ChromophobiaEdward Aylesbury
Lord of WarSimeon Weisz
The Adventures of Errol FlynnNarrator(TV documentary)
2005–2008HorizonNarrator(TV Documentary)
2006RenaissanceJonas Muller
O JerusalemBen Gurion
The TreatmentDr. Ernesto Morales
2007RatatouilleSkinnerVoice
Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
20091066: The Battle for Middle EarthNarrator(TV)[13][14]
2012The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyOld Bilbo Baggins
2014The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesOld Bilbo Baggins

Honours and awards[edit]

Nominations and awards for films and TV roles are listed in filmography.

Honours
Awards

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ian Holm Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  2. ^ "Ian Holm". Channel 4 Film. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Ian Holm – Family and Companions". Yahoo!7 Movies. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  4. ^ "Excerpts from Loch Ness Presskit (1995)". aboutjamesfrain. 18 April 2004. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  5. ^ Sweet, Matthew (16 January 2004). "Film: Napoleon Complex". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-01-27. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b c Ian Holm with Steven Jacobi (2004). Acting My Life – Ian Holm. Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-593-05214-5 Check |isbn= value (help). 
  7. ^ "The Tolkien Library review of the Lord of the Rings Radio Adaptation". 
  8. ^ Brantley, Ben. THEATER REVIEW; Talk About a Reality Show. A Pinter Classic Is It. The New York Times 21 July 2001.
  9. ^ a b c d Holm, Ian; Jacobi, Steven (2004). Acting my Life. London: Bantam Press. pp. 220, 224, 313ff. ISBN 0-593-05214-5. 
  10. ^ England and Wales Marriages 1984–2005
  11. ^ "Portrait of the actor and his fourth wife". The Daily Telegraph (London). 7 February 2004. Retrieved 2008-07-14. [dead link]
  12. ^ Crufts Best in Show 2008. "Birmingham - Crufts - Crufts Best in Show 2008". BBC. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  13. ^ "1066 Now Arriving in May". myReviewer.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  14. ^ Billen, Andrew (19 May 2009). "1066 The Battle for Middle Earth Moving on the Trouble with Working Women". The Times (London). 

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