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Sir Ian Holm, CBE (12 September 1931 - 19 June 2020) is a retired 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 the android 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.

Personal Life[]

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

Holm has five children; three daughters and two sons from three women, including the first two of his four wives. 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. 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. Melissa Holm is a casting director. Harry Holm is a filmmaker most notable for his music videos, and is engaged to Samantha Morton.

He played the part of Hercule Poirot in the 1987 film Murder by the Book.