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Birth information

12 September 1931 Goodmayes, Essex, England, UK

Given Name

Ian Holm Cuthbert

How tall is Ian Holm?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Sophie de Stempel
Penelope Wilton
Sophie Baker
Lynn Mary Shaw

Life Story of Ian Holm

Sir Ian Holm is one of the world's greatest actors, a Laurence Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning, BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated British star of films and the stage. He was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and has played more than 100 roles in films and on television.

He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Essex, UK, to Scottish parents who worked at the Essex mental asylum. His mother, Jean Wilson (Holm), was as a nurse, and his father, Doctor James Harvey Cuthbert, was a psychiatrist. Young Holm was brought up in London. At the age of seven he was inspired by the seeing 'Les Miserables' and became fond of acting. Holm studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating in 1950 to the Royal Shakespeare Company. There he emerged as an actor whose range and effortless style allowed him to play almost entire Shakespeare's repertoire. In 1959 his stage partner Laurence Olivier scored a hit on Ian Holm in a sword fight in a production of 'Coriolanus'. Holm still has a scar on his finger.

In 1965 Holm made his debut on television as Richard III on the BBC's The Wars of the Roses (1965),...

Significant features of Ian Holm

Rich smooth voice

Publications and Magazines about Ian Holm

Ian Holm Acting My Life. 2004

What movies did Ian Holm play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Old Bilbo, Alien: Isolation (2014) Ash, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Old Bilbo, 1066: The Battle for Middle Earth (2009) Storyteller, Ratatouille (2007) Skinner, Ratatouille (2007) Skinner, O Jerusalem (2006) Ben Gurion, The Treatment (2006) Dr. Ernesto Morales, Renaissance (2006) Jonas Muller, Lord of War (2005) Simeon Weisz, Chromophobia (2005) Edward Aylesbury, Strangers with Candy (2005) Dr. Putney, The Aviator (2004) Professor Fitz, Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real (2004) Narrator, The Day After...

Birth information

12 September 1931 Goodmayes, Essex, England, UK

Given Name

Ian Holm Cuthbert

How tall is Ian Holm?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Sophie de Stempel
Penelope Wilton
Sophie Baker
Lynn Mary Shaw

Life Story of Ian Holm

Sir Ian Holm is one of the world's greatest actors, a Laurence Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning, BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated British star of films and the stage. He was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and has played more than 100 roles in films and on television.

He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Essex, UK, to Scottish parents who worked at the Essex mental asylum. His mother, Jean Wilson (Holm), was as a nurse, and his father, Doctor James Harvey Cuthbert, was a psychiatrist. Young Holm was brought up in London. At the age of seven he was inspired by the seeing 'Les Miserables' and became fond of acting. Holm studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating in 1950 to the Royal Shakespeare Company. There he emerged as an actor whose range and effortless style allowed him to play almost entire Shakespeare's repertoire. In 1959 his stage partner Laurence Olivier scored a hit on Ian Holm in a sword fight in a production of 'Coriolanus'. Holm still has a scar on his finger.

In 1965 Holm made his debut on television as Richard III on the BBC's The Wars of the Roses (1965),...

Significant features of Ian Holm

Rich smooth voice

Publications and Magazines about Ian Holm

Ian Holm Acting My Life. 2004

What movies did Ian Holm play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Old Bilbo, Alien: Isolation (2014) Ash, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Old Bilbo, 1066: The Battle for Middle Earth (2009) Storyteller, Ratatouille (2007) Skinner, Ratatouille (2007) Skinner, O Jerusalem (2006) Ben Gurion, The Treatment (2006) Dr. Ernesto Morales, Renaissance (2006) Jonas Muller, Lord of War (2005) Simeon Weisz, Chromophobia (2005) Edward Aylesbury, Strangers with Candy (2005) Dr. Putney, The Aviator (2004) Professor Fitz, Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real (2004) Narrator, The Day After...

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Ian Holm in eXistenZ (1999)

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours List and was appointed Knight Bachelor in the 1998 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

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Ian Holm in eXistenZ (1999)

He developed a severe case of stage fright in 1976 while performing "The Iceman Cometh" and left the theatre. He has only returned three times since then.

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Ian Holm in Nessie - Das Geheimnis von Loch Ness (1996)

He clearly has no objections to being buried up to his neck in the pursuit of his craft, as this has happened to him in no less than three films: Alien (1979), Brazil (1985) and Simon Magus (1999).

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Christian Bale, Ian Holm, Shaun Prendergast, Simon Shepherd, etc.

He was awarded the 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor of the 1997 season for his performance in "King Lear" at the Royal National Theatre: Cottesloe stage.

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Ian Holm in Nikolaus und Alexandra (1971)

He was awarded the 1993 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Moonlight".

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Colin Firth, Ian Holm, and Jim Carter in Pesthauch des Bösen (1993)

He was awarded the 1997 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama) for Best Actor for his performance in "King Lear" at the Royal National Theatre.

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Ian Holm and Paul Rogers in The Homecoming (1973)

He was awarded the 1993 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor in "Moonlight". His wife, Penelope Wilton, was awarded Best Actress for "The Deep Blue Sea" at the same awards ceremony.

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Ian Holm, Cyril Cusack, Michael Jayston, Vivien Merchant, Terence Rigby, etc.

He was awarded the 1997 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "King Lear".

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Rupert Everett, Ian Holm, and Miranda Richardson in Dance with a Stranger (1985)

He has two roles in common with Orson Bean. Bean was the voice of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit (1977), while Holm played in the Peter Jackson trilogy. Bean also played Frodo in The Return of the King (1980); Holm played Frodo on BBC radio.

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Ian Holm and Miranda Richardson in Dance with a Stranger (1985)

He has played Napoleon Bonaparte three times in Napoleon and Love (1974), Time Bandits (1981) and The Emperor's New Clothes (2001) - and was a front-runner for the role in Stanley Kubrick's unproduced biography.

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Rupert Everett, Ian Holm, and Miranda Richardson in Dance with a Stranger (1985)

He won Broadway's 1967 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming", a role he recreated in the film version with the same title, The Homecoming (1973).

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Ian Holm in Greystoke - Die Legende von Tarzan, Herr der Affen (1984)

Though he has only appeared in two productions of "The Lord of the Rings", he has worked with three Aragorns. He appeared with Viggo Mortensen in the Lord of the Rings films, Robert Stephens in the radio adaptation, and worked with John Hurt in Alien (1979). Mortensen and Hurt were also both last-minute replacements for other actors.

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Ian Holm in Eine andere Frau (1988)

He was treated for prostate cancer in 2001.

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Ian Holm and Sandy Dennis in Eine andere Frau (1988)

He was slated to play Pope John Paul II in a CBS miniseries, but had to drop out because of undisclosed "personal reasons". Jon Voight took his place.

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Ian Holm in Im Westen nichts Neues (1979)

In a return to the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he first received acclaim in the mid-1960s for his contemporary stylings of "Richard III" and "Henry V", he developed a confidence-shattering case of "stage fright" during a 1976 performance of "The Iceman Cometh" and quickly withdrew from the production. His only stage appearance for almost two decades was as Astrov in "Uncle Vanya" in 1979. He finally returned to the theatre to create the role of Andy in Harold Pinter's short play "Moonlight" in 1993 for which he received the Evening Standard Award. His "King Lear" several years later earned him the Olivier Award as well as the Evening Standard and London Critic's Circle Theatre awards.

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Ian Holm in Naked Lunch (1991)

He has worked with two Frodos - Christopher Guard in Les Miserables (1978) and Elijah Wood in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Holm also played Frodo in the BBC Radio production. He has also worked with three other Bilbos: Norman Bird (from Ralph Bakshi's film) in Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) and Young Winston (1972); Martin Freeman in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013); and John Le Mesurier in the BBC Radio production.

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Ian Holm in Das fünfte Element (1997)

He shares two roles with Christian Clavier. They have both played Thenardier from "Les Miserables". Thenardier calls himself "The Sergeant of Napoleon", and even gives his tavern that name. Appropriately, Holm and Clavier have both played Napoleon himself.

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Ian Holm in Alien - Das unheimliche Wesen aus einer fremden Welt (1979)

His parents were Scottish.

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Ian Holm in Der Hobbit: Eine unerwartete Reise (2012)

As of 2014, has appeared in five films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Chariots of Fire (1981), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Aviator (2004). Of those, Chariots of Fire (1981) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) are winners in the category.

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Ian Holm in Alice im Spiegelland (1998)

He hates milk. Much to his discomfort, he had to repeatedly gargle and spit it out during his final scene in Alien (1979).

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Ian Holm and Stephanie Morgenstern in Das süße Jenseits (1997)

Along with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, he has played both Doctor Frankenstein and his Monster.

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Ian Holm and Sarah Polley in Das süße Jenseits (1997)

He replaced Donald Sutherland at the last minute in the lead role of The Sweet Hereafter (1997).

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Ian Holm in Das süße Jenseits (1997)

He has appeared in two adaptations of the 1819 novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley: he played both Victor Frankenstein and his Monster in Mystery and Imagination: Frankenstein (1968) and Frankenstein's father Baron Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994).

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Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, and Charlie Creed-Miles in Das fünfte Element (1997)

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Helena Bonham Carter and Ian Holm in Hamlet (1990)

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Ian Holm and Ben Cross in Die Stunde des Siegers (1981)

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Nicolas Cage and Ian Holm in Lord of War - Händler des Todes (2005)

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Ian Holm in King George - Ein Königreich für mehr Verstand (1994)

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Ian Holm and Sarah Polley in Das süße Jenseits (1997)

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Ian Holm in Das süße Jenseits (1997)

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Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, etc.

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Ian Holm in Der Herr der Ringe: Die Gefährten (2001)

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Ian Holm, Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders, Nestor Serrano, etc.

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Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, etc.

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Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, etc.

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Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, etc.

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