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'Lord of the Rings' actor Ian Holm dies at 88

Sir Ian Holm, the British actor who spent decades performing on stage and screen, has died at the age of 88.

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Sir Ian Holm, the British actor who spent decades performing on stage and screen, has died at the age of 88.

“It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” his agent said in a statement to the Guardian. “He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer. Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”

His agent added that the actor had been battling Parkinson's disease.

Born in Essex, England in 1931, Holm attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art drama school in London before becoming a stage actor. He won a Tony Award in 1967 for his performance in "The Homecoming."

Holm spent much of his career acting in British TV miniseries and films, but he is best known to American audiences for his role as Bilbo Baggins in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" film series. Holm also provided the voice of Chef Skinner in the Disney film "Ratatouille."

He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in 1981's "Chariots of Fire."

Funeral arrangements for Holm have not been released.