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Born: September 12, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Essex, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


Holm underwent treatment for prostate cancer in December 2001.

About Charles Laughton, with whom he acted in a 1959 production of "King Lear": He was on a bottle of Teacher's a day. Didn't have the vocal power and wasn't quite up to it, I'm afraid." --Ian Holm, quoted in production notes from the 1998 TV version of his own "King Lear".

Remembering the technical help he got from Lee Marvin on "Shout at the Devil" (1976): "He was one of the greatest pros I've ever worked with. On my first day, nervous and shaking and sad to be away from home, I had this silly scene putting up this flag. Marvin had his close-up and then it was my close-up and everybody left except Marvin, who said, 'I'll give you a hinge line here.' I said, 'Sorry?' He said, 'You don't know what the f--- a hinge line is, do you? I'll play a scene for you off camera and that should give you something to react to.' Amazing, and he did. I thought it was extraordinarily generous." --Holm to Jasper Rees in The Daily Telegraph, August 27, 1997.

If you've got more than one scene, unless the film is absolute rubbish, you would be hard put as a good actor not to be able to do something with it. And that's what I look for. Can I do something with this seemingly very ordinary-looking part? And, if I think I can, if it's got a scene . . .

"As Jimmy Stewart said, movies are about moments, and that is so right. If you've got a scene with one moment, that's great, you work towards that." --Holm in The Daily Telegraph, August 27, 1997.

"I'm always waiting for the crash, like all actors. I would love to have started earlier in movies, so one has a lot of catching up to do. And there are only so many things I can do at my age.

"You have the opportunities given to you, and the powers-that-be don't follow it up. And (then) you get something like this slew of films I've done which don't have any link at all, except somebody said, 'Let's get him.' Now they probably say 'Oh, not him again.'" --Holm, quoted in Daily News. November 20, 1997.

"I'm a small, stumpy guy who came to movies a bit late . . . Not that I would have been a leading man in my younger days, I don't think. The early part of my career--13 years--was all in the classics, on stage. Then, after John Frankenheimer came up to Stratford once, he suddenly thought these actors were all quite good, and put us in 'The Fixer' (1968)." --Holm to Gary Dretzka in the Chicago Tribune, December 22, 1997

"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, then you're halfway there." --Holm to Rich Cohen in Interview, April 2000

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