Ian Holm

Ian Holm

Infobox Actor

imagesize = 175px
caption = Holm in Edinburgh, August 2004.
birthname = Ian Holm Cuthbert
birthdate = birth date and age|1931|9|12|df=y
birthplace = Goodmayes, Essex, England, United Kingdom
deathdate =
deathplace =
yearsactive = 1957 - present
spouse = Lynn Mary Shaw (1955–1965)
Sophie Baker (1982–1986)
Penelope Wilton (1991–2001)
Sophie de Stempel (2003–)
baftaawards = Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1968 "The Bofors Gun"
1981 "Chariots of Fire"
laurenceolivierawards = Best Actor
1998 "King Lear"
sagawards = Outstanding Cast - Motion Picture
2003 ""
tonyawards = Best Featured Actor in a Play
1967 "The Homecoming"
awards = BSFC Award for Best Supporting Actor
1985 "Wetherby" ; "Brazil" ; "Dance with a Stranger" ; "Dreamchild"
Best Supporting Actor Award (Cannes Film Festival)
1981 "Chariots of Fire"
Critics Choice Award for Best Cast
2003 "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Genie Award for Best Actor
1997 "The Sweet Hereafter"
KCFCC Award for Best Actor
1997 "The Sweet Hereafter"
NBR Award for Best Cast
1997 "The Sweet Hereafter"
2003 "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
PFCS Award for Best Cast
2001 ""

Sir Ian Holm CBE (born 12 September, 1931) is an English award-winning actor known for his stage work and for many film roles, including the hobbit Bilbo Baggins in the first and third films of the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy, Father Vito Cornelius in "The Fifth Element" and the android Ash in "Alien".


Early life

Holm was born Ian Holm Cuthbert in Goodmayes, Essex, the son of "relatively elderly" Scottish parents [ [http://www.channel4.com/film/reviews/person.jsp?id=12990 Ian Holm - Channel 4 Film ] ] [ [http://au.movies.yahoo.com/Ian+Holm/biography/122636/family/ Ian Holm - Family and Companions - Yahoo!7 Movies ] ] [ [http://www.aboutjamesfrain.com/pr28.html pr28 ] ] Jean Holm (née Wilson), a nurse, and Dr. James Harvey Cuthbert, a psychiatrist who worked as the superintendent of the West Ham Corporation Mental Hospital and was also a pioneer of electric shock therapy. [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20040116/ai_n9684235 Film: Napoleon complex | Independent, The (London) | Find Articles at BNET.com ] ] [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/41/Ian-Holm.html Ian Holm Biography (1931-) ] ] He had an older brother, Eric. Holm was educated at Chigwell School and then the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


Holm was an established star of the Royal Shakespeare Company before making an impact on television and film. In 1965, Holm played Richard III in the BBCs serialisation of the "Wars of the Roses" plays, 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, for playing the role of Lenny in "The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter. In 1977, Holm appeared in the TV mini-series "Jesus of Nazareth" as the Sadducee Zerah, and in the following year played J M Barrie in the BBC TV series "The Lost Boys", in which his son Barnaby played the young George Llewelyn Davies.

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 "The Fifth Element" and the tormented plaintiff's lawyer in "The Sweet Hereafter". Holm was knighted for his services to drama in 1998. 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 ', 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 ' (2003), for which he shared a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

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 is a favorite actor of Terry Gilliam, having appeared in "Time Bandits" and "Brazil". Holm has also appeared in two David Cronenberg films, "Naked Lunch" (1991) and "eXistenZ" (1999) and is Harold Pinter's favourite actor, the playwright once stating: "He puts on my shoe, and it fits!" Holm made a stir as Lenny in the first ever 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. He completed the set in 2001 playing the fallen and exiled leader in the fanciful film "The Emperor's New Clothes".

Personal life

Holm has been married four times. [Holm p 224] In 1991 he married his third wife, popular actress Penelope Wilton, and they appeared together in "The Borrowers" (1993) on British television. They divorced in 2001. [Holm p 220] He is currently married to artist Sophie de Stempel, a protégé and life model of Lucian Freud. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Portrait of the actor and his fourth wife |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2004/02/07/dp0701.xml |work=The Daily Telegraph |publisher= |date=2004-02-07 |accessdate=2008-07-14 ]

Holm has five children (three daughters and two sons) from three women, [Holm p224] amongst others the first two of his four wives. His eldest daughter, Jessica, is presenter of the "Crufts Dog Show". Sarah-Jane Holm played Jenny Rodenhurst Simcock in "A Bit of a Do". Barnaby Holm acted as a child but now lives in Los Angeles as a Hollywood club owner, while Harry Holm is a filmmaker most notable for his music videos. Melissa Holm is a casting director.

He was awarded a CBE in 1990. he was made a Knight Bachelor in 1998 for Services to Drama.

He was treated for prostate cancer in 2001, which currently appears to be in complete remission. [ Holm p 313ff]


*"The Bofors Gun" 1968
*"The Fixer" 1968
*"A Midsummer Night's Dream" 1968
*"Oh! What A Lovely War" 1969
*"A Severed Head" 1970
*"Nicholas and Alexandra" 1971
*"Mary, Queen of Scots" 1971
*"Napoleon and Love" (TV) 1972
*"Young Winston" 1972
*"The Homecoming" 1973
*"Juggernaut" 1974
*"Robin and Marian" 1976
*"Shout at the Devil" 1976
*"The Man in the Iron Mask" 1977
*"March or Die" 1977
*"Jesus of Nazareth" 1977
*"The Lost Boys" (TV) 1978
*"Holocaust" (TV) 1978
*"All Quiet on the Western Front" 1979
*"Alien" 1979
*"Chariots of Fire" 1981
*"Time Bandits" 1981
*"The Return of the Soldier" 1982
*"Inside the Third Reich" 1982
*"Laughterhouse" 1984
*"Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" 1984
*"Dreamchild" 1985
*"Wetherby" 1985
*"Brazil" 1985
*"Dance with a Stranger" 1985
*"Game Set and Match" (TV) 1988
*"Another Woman" 1988
*"Henry V" 1989
*"Hamlet" 1990
*"Naked Lunch" 1991
*"Kafka" 1991
*"Blue Ice" 1992
*"The Hour of the Pig" 1993
*"Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" 1994
*"The Madness of King George" 1994
*"Big Night" 1996
*"Loch Ness" 1996
*"Night Falls on Manhattan" 1997
*"The Sweet Hereafter" 1997
*"The Fifth Element" 1997
*"A Life Less Ordinary" 1997
*"Incognito" 1997
*"King Lear" 1998
*"Animal Farm" 1999
*"Shergar" 1999
*"eXistenZ" 1999
*"Simon Magus" 1999
*"The Match" 1999
*"Joe Gould's Secret" 2000
*"Esther Kahn" 2000
*"Beautiful Joe" 2000
*"Bless the Child" 2000
*"From Hell" 2001
*"The Emperor's New Clothes" 2001
*"" 2001
*"" 2003
*"The Day After Tomorrow" 2004
*"Garden State" 2004
*"The Aviator" 2004
*"Strangers with Candy" 2005
*"Chromophobia" 2005
*"Lord of War" 2005
*"O Jerusalem" 2006
*"Ratatouille" 2007


* Holm, Ian: "Acting my Life - The Autobiography" Bantam Press London 2004 ISBN 0-593-05214-5


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NAME= Holm, Ian
DATE OF BIRTH= September 12, 1931
PLACE OF BIRTH= Goodmayes, Essex, England, UK

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