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Ian Holm


Sir Ian Holm is an Academy Award-nominated British film and stage actor who was a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and played more than 100 roles in films and on television. He was born Ian Holm Cuthbert on September 12, 1931, in Goodmayes, Essex, UK, to Scottish parents who worked at the Essex mental asylum. His mother, Jean Wilson (Holm), ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Ratatouille
Ratatouille Skinner
(2007)
The Fifth Element
The Fifth Element Father Vito Cornelius
(1997)
Alien
Alien Ash
(1979)

Filmography

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 2014 Alien: Isolation (Video Game)
Ash
 2009 1066: The Battle for Middle Earth (TV Mini-Series)
Storyteller
- The Last Battle (2009) ... Storyteller (voice)
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... Storyteller (voice)
 2007 Ratatouille (Video Game)
Skinner (voice)
 2007 Ratatouille
Skinner (voice)
 2007 The Real Middle Earth (Video)
Narrator (voice)
 2006 O Jerusalem
Ben Gurion
 2006 The Treatment
Dr. Ernesto Morales
 2006 Renaissance
Jonas Muller (voice)
 2005 Lord of War
Simeon Weisz
 2005 Chromophobia
Edward Aylesbury
 2005 Strangers with Candy
Dr. Putney
 2004 The Aviator
Professor Fitz
 2004 Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real (TV Movie)
Narrator (UK version, voice)
 2004 The Day After Tomorrow
Terry Rapson
 2004 Garden State
Gideon Largeman
 2002 Spinning Wheels (Short)
Hood thief
 2002 Waterbaby (TV Movie)
God (voice)
 2002 The New Detectives: Case Studies in Forensic Science (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Murder for Hire (2002) ... Narrator (voice)
 2001 From Hell
Sir William Gull
 2001 The Emperor's New Clothes
Napoleon Bonaparte / Sergeant Eugene Lenormand
 2000 Field of Fish (Short)
Narrator / Old Tom Maynard
 2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (TV Movie)
Patrick
 2000 Bless the Child
Reverend Grissom
 2000 Beautiful Joe
George The Geek
 2000 Esther Kahn
Nathan Quellen
 2000 The Holocaust on Trial (TV Movie documentary)
Narrator (voice)
 2000 The Miracle Maker
Pontius Pilate (voice)
 2000 Joe Gould's Secret
Joe Gould
 1999 Gooseberries Don't Dance (Short)
 1999 Shanghai Vice (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator (voice)
 1999 Animal Farm (TV Movie)
Squealer (voice)
 1999 Wisconsin Death Trip
Narrator (voice)
 1999 The Match
Big Tam
 1999 Shergar
Joseph Maguire
 1999 Simon Magus
Sirius / Boris / The Devil
 1999 eXistenZ
Kiri Vinokur
 1998 Frog (Short)
 1998 Alice Through the Looking Glass (TV Movie)
White Knight
 1998 The Fifth Element (Video Game)
Priest Vito Cornelius (voice)
 1991-1998 Performance (TV Series)
Lear / Duff / Sir William Collyer / ...
- King Lear (1998) ... Lear
- Landscape (1995) ... Duff
- The Deep Blue Sea (1994) ... Sir William Collyer
- Uncle Vanya (1991) ... Astrov
 1997 Incognito
John (uncredited)
 1997 A Life Less Ordinary
Naville
 1997 The Sweet Hereafter
Mitchell Stevens
 1997 The Fifth Element
Father Vito Cornelius
 1996 Night Falls on Manhattan
Liam Casey
 1996 Loch Ness
Water Bailiff
 1996 Big Night
Pascal
 1996 The Gulf War (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1993-1995 Timewatch (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Hitler's Death: the Final Report (1995) ... Narrator (voice)
- Hunger Strike: A Hidden History (1993) ... Narrator (voice)
 1995 Little Red Riding Hood (TV Movie)
Don Mini the Narrator (1995)
 1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Victor's Father
 1993 The Return of the Borrowers (TV Series)
Pod
- Episode #1.6 (1993) ... Pod
- Episode #1.5 (1993) ... Pod
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... Pod
- Episode #1.3 (1993) ... Pod
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Pod
 1993 The Advocate
Albertus
 1993 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (TV Series)
The Tailor
- The Tailor of Gloucester (1993) ... The Tailor (voice)
 1992 The Borrowers (TV Mini-Series)
Pod
- Episode #1.6 (1992) ... Pod
- Episode #1.5 (1992) ... Pod
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... Pod
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Pod
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Pod
 1992 Blue Ice
Sir Hector
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
F.R. Leavis
- The Last Romantics (1992) ... F.R. Leavis
 1991 Naked Lunch
Tom Frost
 1991 Kafka
Doctor Murnau
 1990 Hamlet
Polonius
 1990 A Season of Giants (TV Movie)
Lorenzo De Medici
 1990 Chillers (TV Series)
Christopher Waggoner
- The Stuff of Madness ... Christopher Waggoner
 1989 The Tailor of Gloucester (TV Movie)
The Tailor
 1989 Henry V
Captain Fluellen
 1989 The Endless Game (TV Mini-Series)
Control
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Control
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Control
 1988 Game, Set, and Match (TV Series)
Bernard Samson
- London Match: Part 3 (1988) ... Bernard Samson
- London Match: Part 2 (1988) ... Bernard Samson
- London Match: Part 1 (1988) ... Bernard Samson
- Mexico Set: Part 5 (1988) ... Bernard Samson
- Mexico Set: Part 4 (1988) ... Bernard Samson
 1988 Another Woman
Ken
 1987/II Murder by the Book (TV Movie)
Hercule Poirot
 1986 Artists and Models (TV Series)
- Slaves of Fashion (1986) ... (voice)
 1985 The Browning Version (TV Movie)
Andrew Crocker-Harris
 1985 Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill (TV Movie)
Eustace Edgehill
 1985 Dreamchild
Reverend Charles L. Dodgson / Lewis Carroll
 1985 Dance with a Stranger
Desmond Cussen
 1985 Brazil
Mr. Kurtzmann
 1985 Television (TV Series)
Narrator (1985) (voice)
 1985 Wetherby
Stanley Pilborough
 1984 Singleton's Pluck
Ben Singleton
 1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Capitaine Phillippe D'Arnot
 1983 Arena (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983) ... Narrator (voice)
 1982 Play for Today (TV Series)
Alexei
- Soft Targets (1982) ... Alexei
 1982 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Alan Corwin
- Death Can Add (1982) ... Alan Corwin
 1982 The Return of the Soldier
Doctor Anderson
 1982 Inside the Third Reich (TV Movie)
Dr. Joseph Goebbels
 1982 The Bell (TV Series)
Michael Meade
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Michael Meade
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Michael Meade
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Michael Meade
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Michael Meade
 1981 Strike: The Birth of Solidarity (TV Movie)
Lech Walesa
 1981 Time Bandits
Napoleon
 1981 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Reader
- Landseer: A Victorian Comedy (1981) ... Reader
 1981 Chariots of Fire
Sam Mussabini
 1980 We, the Accused (TV Mini-Series)
Paul Pressett
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Paul Pressett
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Paul Pressett
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Paul Pressett
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Paul Pressett
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Paul Pressett
 1980 Festival: The Misanthrope (TV Movie)
Alceste
 1979 All Quiet on the Western Front (TV Movie)
Himmelstoss
 1979 S.O.S. Titanic (TV Movie)
J. Bruce Ismay
 1979 Alien
Ash
 1978 Les Miserables (TV Movie)
Thenardier
 1978 The Thief of Baghdad (TV Movie)
The Gatekeeper
 1978 The Lost Boys (TV Mini-Series)
J.M. Barrie
- An Awfully Big Adventure (1978) ... J.M. Barrie
- Dark and Sinister Man (1978) ... J.M. Barrie
- We Set Out to Be Wrecked (1978) ... J.M. Barrie
 1978 Do You Remember? (TV Series)
Walter Street
- Night School (1978) ... Walter Street
 1978 Holocaust (TV Mini-Series)
Heinrich Himmler
- Part 4 (1978) ... Heinrich Himmler
- Part 3 (1978) ... Heinrich Himmler
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
The man
- Flayed (1978) ... The man
 1977 March or Die
El Krim
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series)
Bill Ramsey
- Ramsey (1977) ... Bill Ramsey
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
Zerah
- Part 2 (1977) ... Zerah
- Part 1 (1977) ... Zerah
 1977 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie)
Duval
 1976 Shout at the Devil
Mohammed, O'Flynn's Mute Servant
 1976 Robin and Marian
King John
 1974-1975 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini-Series)
Wedderburn
- The Statesman (1975) ... Wedderburn
- The Rebel (1975) ... Wedderburn
- The Ambassador (1974) ... Wedderburn
 1972-1974 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Khrushchov / Oedipus
- The Wood Demon (1974) ... Khrushchov
- King Oedipus (1972) ... Oedipus
 1974 Juggernaut
Nicholas Porter
 1974 Napoleon and Love (TV Mini-Series)
Napoleon
- The End of Love (1974) ... Napoleon
- Louise (1974) ... Napoleon
- Maria Luisa (1974) ... Napoleon
- Maria Walewska (1974) ... Napoleon
- Eleonore (1974) ... Napoleon
 1974 Masquerade (TV Series)
Blake
- May We Come In? (1974) ... Blake
 1974 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Charles Stubbs
- Trial for Murder (1974) ... Charles Stubbs
 1973 The Homecoming
Lenny
 1973 Conjugal Rights (TV Mini-Series)
Michael
- Michael and Jenny (1973) ... Michael
- Charles and Paula (1973) ... Michael
- Alan and Rosamund (1973) ... Michael
 1972 The Frighteners (TV Series)
Gordon
- The Treat (1972) ... Gordon
 1972 The Man from Haven (TV Series)
Jack Byron Lever
- Episode #1.1 (1972) ... Jack Byron Lever
 1972 Young Winston
George Buckle
 1971 Mary, Queen of Scots
David Riccio
 1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
Yakovlev
 1969-1971 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Huw / Omri
- Funny (1971) ... Huw
- Omri's Burning (1969) ... Omri
 1970 A Severed Head
Martin Lynch-Gibbon
 1963-1970 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Reverend P. Bagley / Edward Gobey / Jamie Norton
- The End of the Line (1970) ... Reverend P. Bagley
- Edward the Confessor (1969) ... Edward Gobey
- The Paradise Suite (1963) ... Jamie Norton
 1969-1970 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Walter Bardell / Salesman / David Peters
- You See, the Thing Is... (1970) ... Walter Bardell
- The Salesman (1970) ... Salesman
- Moonlight on the Highway (1969) ... David Peters
 1970 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Mark Lang
- Emma's Time (1970) ... Mark Lang
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
President Raymond Poincaré
 1968 The Fixer
Grubeshov
 1966-1968 Mystery and Imagination (TV Series)
Frankenstein / The Being / MacFarlane
- Frankenstein (1968) ... Frankenstein / The Being
- The Body Snatcher (1966) ... MacFarlane
 1968 The Bofors Gun
Flynn
 1966 The Power Game (TV Series)
Sefton Kemp
- 'Confound Their Politics' (1966) ... Sefton Kemp
- Trade Secret (1966) ... Sefton Kemp
- Persons and Papers (1966) ... Sefton Kemp
- Late Via Rome (1966) ... Sefton Kemp
 1965-1966 The Wars of the Roses (TV Mini-Series)
Richard / King Richard III / Richard Duke of Gloucester
- Edward of York (1966) ... Richard
- The Kingmaker (1966) ... Richard
- The Lord Protector (1965) ... King Richard III
- Margaret of Anjou (1965) ... Richard Duke of Gloucester
- The Fearful King ... Richard
 1962 The Cherry Orchard (TV Movie)
Piotr Sergeyevich Trofimov, a student
 1961 Theatre Night (TV Series)
The King
- Ondine (1961) ... The King
 1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie)
Puck
 1958 Girls at Sea (uncredited)
 1957 Robert's Wife (TV Movie)
Bob
 1957 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Granillo
- Rope (1957) ... Granillo
- The Wooden Dish (1957) ... Granillo
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Other Works:

He acted in Harold Pinter's play, "Moonlight," at the Almeida Theatre in London, England with Anna Massey, Douglas Hodge, Michael Sheen, Claire Skinner, and Edward De Souza in the cast. David Leveaux was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Ian Holm

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on his Hobbit feet in the Lord of the Rings films] These things are like boats with toes. See more »

Trivia:

Along with Ronald Lacey, he was one of the first choices to play Morgus in Peter Davison's final serial as the Doctor, Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani: Part One (1984), which instead went to John Normington. See more »

Trademark:

Rich smooth voice

Star Sign:

Virgo

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