Ian Holm

Ian Holm


9/12/1931, Goodmayes, Ilford, England

Birth Name

Ian Holm Cuthbert



Also Known As

Sir. Ian Holm
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Ian Holm Cuthbert was born September 12, 1931 in Goodmayes, Ilford, England, unlike most people who are born hospitals; Ian was born in the mental asylum, where his father resided as a psychiatrist and superintendent. When his dad wasn't tending to the insane, he took Ian to the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Ian bares a scar on his finger after starring in the theatre production of Coriolanus. The scar is a result of a sword fight scene between him and Laurence Olivier, with Laurence cutting Ian's finger.

    • Ian voiced chief Skinner in the 2007 Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille.

    • Played the part of Napoleon Bonaparte three times.

      1. Napoleon and Love (1972) TV series

      2. Time Bandits (1981), only as a cameo.

      3. The Emporer's New Clothes (2001)

    • Before making it big in TV and Film, Ian was an established star of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

    • The Sweet Hereafter, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and Chariots of Fire, are Ian's career highlights.

    • Ian's first major role was The Bonfors Gun.

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

    • Ian was suppose to play Pope John Paul II in a CBS miniseries, but had to drop out because of undisclosed "personal reasons." Jon Voight ended up taking his place.

    • He won the 1993 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor in Moonlight.

    • Ian has been married to his fourth wife Sophie de Stempel since December of 2003.

    • Ian Holm was married to Penelope Wilton from 1991 to 2001, and had no children together.

    • He was married to Sophie Baker from 1982 to 1986, and had a son, Harry.

    • Ian Holm stands 5'6" tall.

    • In 1976 while performing The Iceman Cometh, Ian developed a severe case of stage fright, which caused him to leave the theatre, and has only returned 3 times since then.

    • Ian is a Associate Member of RADA.

    • After his first marriage, Ian had a relationship with professional photographer Bee Gilbert, from 1965 to 1976, they had a son and a daughter together, Barnaby Holm and daughter Melissa, the two never married.

    • Ian was married to Lynn Mary Shaw from 1955 to 1965 and had two daughters with her: Jessica Holm and Sarah-Jane Holm.

    • Ian was appointed a CBE in 1990, and was knighted in June of 1998.

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

    • Ian was treated for prostate cancer in 2001.

    • played Prof. Teddy Rapson in The Day After Tomorrow and played Prof. Fitz, in The Aviator both characters where meteorologists.

    • He played Bilbo Baggins in Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and Lord of the Rings: Return of The King.

  • Quotes

    • Ian: 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: While shooting in Mexico, all conversation was dominated by bowels. During filming, if you'll pardon the expression, you're frightened to fart.

    • Ian: (On the Hobbit feet he had to wear in The Lord of The Rings Films) These things are like boats with toes.

  • Seen him in a couple of movies

    I've seen three movies Ian has played in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Return of the King, and The Day After Tomorrow.

    Lord Of The Rings - He played Bilbo Baggins, he only played in the first and last ones and he didn't have that big of a part but his performance was superb, he made Bilbo's suffering because of the One Ring, believable and he made you hate and love his character at the same time truly remarkable.

    Day After Tomorrow - played the part of Professor. Terry Rapson, and it was another small part, but this character was a bit more serious manly do to the nature of the film, and the fate of his character is sad. No matter what type of character Ian plays he always gives a superb performance.moreless