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Born: September 12, 1931 Cause of Death:
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1972:
Acted in Attenborough's "Young Winston"
1979:
Briefly returned to the stage in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" still overcome with stage fright; last theatrical role for 14 years
1997:
Cast as Cameron Diaz's father in "A Life Less Ordinary"
2001:
Cast as Napoleon in "The Emperor's New Clothes"
1977:
Debut in a U.S. TV miniseries, "Jesus of Nazareth" (NBC)
1997:
Earned plaudits for his work as a seedy lawyer in Atom Egoyan's film version of "The Sweet Hereafter"
1968:
Film acting debut, "The Bofors Gun"; earned a British Film Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor
1968:
First American-produced film, John Frankenheimer's "The Fixer"
1991:
First film with David Cronenberg, "Naked Lunch"
1974:
First film with director Richard Lester, "Juggernaut"
1981:
First film with director Terry Gilliam, "Time Bandits" as Napoleon
1976:
Overcome with debilitating stage fright during a London preview of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh," walked off and out of show; referred to incident as "my breakdown"
1997:
Perfected a "Noo Yawk" accent for his role as a cop in Sidney Lumet's "Night Falls on Manhattan"
1989:
Played Captain Fluellen in Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V"; Branagh in his autobiography said Holm was "very much of the anything you can do I can do less of school of acting"; statement regarded as a compliment by Holm
1982:
Portrayed Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels in ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich"
1990:
Portrayed Polonius in Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet," starring Mel Gibson
1985:
Portrayed Reverend Charles L Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) in "Dreamchild"
1994:
Reteamed with Branagh for "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"; cast as the father of Victor Frankenstein (Branagh)
1999:
Reteamed with Cronenberg for "eXistenZ"; cast as an eccentric scientist
2000:
Reteamed with Tucci (who directed, co-wrote and co-starred as Mitchell) for "Joe Gould's Secret," based on the character immortalized by <i>New Yorker</i> writer Joe Mitchell
1974:
Starred as the French general in Thames Television production "Napoleon and Josephine"
1998:
Starred in London stage production of "King Lear," directed by Richard Eyre
1975:
American TV debut, "The Rebel" (CBS)
2004:
Cast as Andrew Largeman's (Zach Braff) father in "Garden State," Braff's writting and directorial debut
2007:
Voiced Skinner in the Pixar animated feature "Ratatouille"
1965:
Created the role of Lenny in RSC production of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming," directed by Peter Hall
1979:
Essayed Ash, the android member of the doomed crew in Ridley Scott's "Alien"
1984:
Cast in supporting role in Hudson's "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," playing the Belgian explorer who discovered the half-savage Tarzan
1998:
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
1954:
Made professional stage debut as a spear carrier in Royal Shakespeare Company's (then Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon) "Othello"
2001:
Played the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy; all three films were shot simultaneously from 1999 to 2000 for release over a three year period: "The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001); "The Two Towers" (2002); "The Return of the King" (2003)
1978:
Played Nazi S.S. Chief Heinrich Himmler in acclaimed NBC miniseries "Holocaust"
1992:
Played Pod in "The Borrowers," two six-part BBC series based on the novels my Brit author Mary Norton; later aired on TNT as "The Borrowers" (1993) and "The Return of the Borrowers" (1996)
1981:
Received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for portrayal of track coach Sam Mussabini in "Chariots of Fire," directed by Hugh Hudson
1955:
Toured Europe with Laurence Olivier in Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus," playing Mutius
1985:
Won praise for his performance as a venal bureaucrat in Gilliam's "Brazil"
2000:
Acted with Judi Dench, Olympia Dukakis, and Leslie Caron in HBO drama "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells"; played a drummer who had dressed in drag to play with an all-female orchestra; received Emmy nomination
1994:
Cast as Dr Willis, one of the physicians who helped cure the monarch in "The Madness of King George"
2005:
Cast in Andrew Niccol's "Lord of War" with Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke
1969:
First film with Hall, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (as Puck); also acted in Richard Attenborough's feature directing debut "Oh! What a Lovely War"
2001:
Headlined London stage revival of Pinter's "The Homecoming", portraying the patriarch; also briefly played NYC as part of a tribute to the author
1999:
Provided voice of Squeeler in TNT's adaptation of George Orwell's "Animal Farm," a mixture of animation and live-action
1973:
Reprised his role as Lenny in the film version of "The Homecoming," directed by Hall
1954:
Spent 14 seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in the classic Shakespearean repertory
1966:
Acted in Thames TV adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Body Snatcher"
1967:
Broadway debut, reprising Lenny in "The Homecoming" (again directed by Hall); earned Featured Actor in a Play Tony Award
2004:
Acted opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes in "The Aviator," directed by Martin Scorsese
1996:
Delivered scene-stealing turn as a rival restaurateur in "Big Night"; co-written, co-directed, and co-starring Stanley Tucci
2001:
Had featured role in the Jack the Ripper drama "From Hell"
2007:
Played an eccentric analyst in "The Treatment"
1978:
Portrayed author J.M. Barrie in the British TV drama "The Lost Boys"
1959:
Portrayed the Fool to Charles Laughton's "King Lear"
2000:
Provided the voice of Pontius Pilate in the animated movie "The Miracle Maker"; aired on ABC in U.S.
1998:
Reprised his acclaimed turn as "King Lear" (again directed by Eyre) for TV; aired in U.S. on PBS; earned Emmy nomination but lost award to Stanley Tucci (for his performance as gossip columnist Walter Winchell)
1970:
Reteamed with Attenborough as actors in Dick Clement's "A Severed Head," adapted from the Iris Murdoch novel by Frederic Raphael
1976:
Reteamed with Lester for "Robin and Marian"
1993:
Returned to the stage after more than a decade in Pinter's "Moonlight"; the playwright had written the role of the embittered, dying patriarch expressly for him
2000:
Starred opposite Summer Phoenix in the Cannes-screened "Esther Kahn"
2004:
Starred with Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal in "The Day After Tomorrow"
2009:
Narrated British production "1066 The Battle for Middle Earth" (Channel 4)
2012:
Returned to Middle Earth as Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman played young Bilbo) in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson

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