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Ian Holm – MovieActors.com

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Holm in FROM HELL.

About Ian Holm (1931 – )

Ian Holm was born on September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Essex, England into a Scottish family. Ian Holm who is sometimes known as Sir Ian Holm, was named Ian Holm Cuthbert by his parents. His parents, Jean Wilson; a nurse, and Dr. Harvey Cuthbert worked at the Essex Mental Asylum.

Ian was bitten by the acting bug at the age of seven, after seeing a stage performance of LES MISERABLES. Ian's talent emerged early. As a young person, he joined a non-professional dramatic society.

Ian studied with a proviencial Shakespearean, well-known, successful performer, Henry Baynton, who helped him develop his acting skills before auditioning for the the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts 3 year program. He was admitted in 1949, but was called up for national British Army service in 1950, with one year of training under his belt.

Ian finally graduated in 1953, and he was hired to become part of the Royal Shakespeare Company, along with other talented actors like Laurence Olivier. Because of Ian's versatile acting ability, and talent, he had the opportunity to play in almost all of Shakespeare's stage plays.

In 1965, Ian entered the world of BBC TV, portraying Richard the 111, on BBC's presentation of WAR OF THE ROSES. and soon after that, British films. At first, he took minor but memorable roles, such as: the 1969 film, OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR, the 1971 historic yarn, NICHOLAS and ALEXANDRA, and the 1972 film, YOUNG WINSTON.

Besides getting his feet wet in television and film projects, Ian also discovered Broadway for its stage play opportunities. In 1967, Ian was honored with a Tony nomination for his performance as Tobias in the play, A DELICATE BALANCE, and won a Best Performance by a Featured Actor Tony for his performance as Lenny in THE HOMECOMING.

In 1977, Ian portrayed the Saddducee Zerah, in the British/Italian TV mini-series, JESUS OF NAZARETH. In 1978, Ian landed a role portraying J.M.Barrie in the highly acclaimed BBC TV series, THE LOST BOYS.

In the late 70s' and 80s', Ian was offered more and more meaty supporting actor parts that got him noticed, and honored. In 1979, Ian made a splash in the science fiction monster film, ALIEN, portraying the android with a nasty attitude, ASH.

Ian's break-through role that got him real attention in America as well as Great Britain, was his performance of coach Sam Mussabini, in the 1981 film, CHARIOTS OF FIRE. In America, Ian was nominated for 1982 BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR OSCAR for this performance. Ian won a BAFTA Award and a Cannes Film Festival award for this role as well.

Many nominations and wins for his variou s performances honored him throughout his thespian career, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Ian was awarded the CBE;(Commander of the Order of the British Empire), in 1990, and Knight Bachelor of the British Empire in the 1998 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

The younger generation were introduced to actor Ian Holms as being the character, Old Bilbo Baggins the hobbit, in the LORD OF THE RINGS triloogy films, and THE HOBBIT trilogy films.

Ian explains his thoughts on acting. "I've always been a minimalist. It was Bogart who once said, "If you think the right thoughts, the camera will pick it up." The most important thing in the face is the eyes, and if you can make the eyes talk, you're halfway there."

Ian Holm was unlucky at love the first four times around, but in the end he did find the love of his life; and he has five children to show for all of his marriages and his long term relationship.

Lynn Mary Shaw married Ian Holm in 1955. They have two daughters together. Jessica Holm has been the presenter of the CRFUTS DOG SHOW from 2001 - 2006. Sarah-Jane Holm starred in HUSTLE in 2006. Lynn Shaw and Ian Holm were divorced in 1965.

Sophie Baker was married to Ian Holm in 1982, but the marriage only lasted for four years, ending in 1986. Sophie was part of the miscellaneous crew for the 2000 film, STARDOM. Sophie and Ian did have one son named Harry during their short marriage.

Ian Holm had a relationship with the professional photographer, Bee Gilbert, from 1965 to 1976. She is the producer of THE CEMENT GARDEN. Ian Holm and Bee Gilbert have two children together. They have a daughter, Melissa and a son, Barnaby Holm. Barnaby Holm starred in SHE'S BEEN AWAY, a TV production in 1989.

Penelope Wilton married Ian Holm in 1991. Their marriage ended in 2001. Penelope Wilton acted in THE DEEP BLUE SEA.

Ian Holm married artist Sophie De Stempe; in December of 2003, and they are still married.
In 2001, Ian Holm was treated for prostate cancer, but he bounced back.

Ian Holm's notable movie credits include...

RATATOUILLE - 2007
O JERUSALEM - 2006
THE TREATMENT -2006
RENAISSANCE - 2006
LORD OF WAR - 2005
THE ADVENTURES OF ERROL FLYNN - TV - 2005
THE AVIATOR - 2004
THE DAY IN THE LIFE OF A HOBBIT - 2002
FROM HELL - 2001
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWHIP OF THE RING - 2001
THE MIRACLE MAKER - 2000
KING LEAR - 1998
THE DEEP BLUE SEA - 1994
THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE- 1994
BRAZIL - 1985
ALIEN - 1979
MISERABLES, LES - 1978
THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK - 1977
JAGGERNAUT - 1974
NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA - 1971


Ian Holm's awards include...

Laurence Olivier Theater Award - KING LEAR - 1997
Knighted in 1998
Appointed a CBE in 1990
London Critics Theatre Award - MOONLIGHT - 1993
London Evening Standard Theatre Award - KING LEAR - 1997
Tony Award - THE HOMECOMING 1967
BAFTA Film Award - CHARIOTS OF FIRE - 1981
Boston Society of Film Critics Award - WETHERBY - 1986
Boston Society of Film Critics Award - DANCE WITH A STRANGER - 1985
Boston Society of Film Critics Award - DREAMCHILD - 1985
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE
RETURN OF THE KING - 2004
Cannes Film Festival - CHARIOTS OF FIRE - 1981
Fantasporto - DREAMCHILD - 1986
Genie Awards - THE SWEET HEREAFTER - 1997
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards - THE SWEET HEREAFTER - 1997
National Board of Review - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING - 2003
National Board of Review - THE SWEET HEREAFTER - 1997
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF
THE KING - 2004
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWHIP OF THE KING - 2002
Royal Television Society - THE LOST BOYS - 1979
Screen Actors Guild Awards - THE AVIATOR - 2005
Screen Actors Guild Awards - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING - 2004
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards - THE SWEET HEREAFTER - 1998


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Ian Holm in HAMLET (1990).

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Ian Holm in FROM HELL - 2001.

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Holm in BRAZIL (1985)

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Ian Holm in THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE (1994).