‘Titanic’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ actor Bernard Hill has died

‘Titanic’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ actor Bernard Hill has died

British actor Bernard Hill, best known for his supporting roles in the “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died, his family announced on Sunday.

“It is with the greatest sadness that we must announce that Bernard Hill, the renowned actor best known for his roles in ‘Titanic’ and ‘Lord of the Rings,’ passed away early this morning at the age of 79,” he said. the family said in a statement.

“He’s with his fiance Alison and his son Gabriel.”

Hill rose to fame in his home country starring in “Boys from the Blackstuff” in 1982, a scathing drama about unemployed men that became symbolic of the Thatcher era.

But in smaller roles, giving quiet dignity to some of the most successful films in the history of cinema, he will be the most familiar to the audience.

In James Cameron’s 1997 Oscar-winning film “Titanic,” Hill played Captain Edward Smith, a man haunted by his role in the tragedy and finally resigned to his fate.

We last saw him alone, still clinging to the ship’s helm, before the rising water sprayed in through the window.

Hill then appeared in two parts of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster series “The Lord of the Rings” as Theoden, King of Rohan, who in “The Two Towers” is manipulated by his advisers before becoming a heroic leader in “The Return of the King.”

Other film roles include “Gandhi,” “Shirley Valentine” and “The Scorpion King.”

His agent Lou Coulson told the PA news agency that he died early Sunday morning. CNN has reached out separately for comment.

Paying tribute, BBC Director of Drama Lindsay Salt said Hill “blazed a trail across the screen, and her long career filled with iconic and unusual roles is a testament to her incredible talent.”

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