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The World Reacts to the Passing of Sir Ian Holm [Updated]

Ian Holm in Alien.
Ian Holm in Alien.
Photo: Fox

One of our most eclectic, versatile actors died Friday at the age of 88. Sir Ian Holm was probably best-known for playing Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings, but he was so much more than that. An incredible dramatic actor with wonderful comic timing, his list of career films is proof positive that he belongs on a shortlist of legends.

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To that aim, we complied tweets from some of his co-stars, fans, and brands that paid tribute to the late, great actor.

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RIP Sir Ian. Thanks for all the memories.

Updated: 6/2/2020, 2:50 p.m. ET: This post has been updated with Peter Jackson’s Facebook post.

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When I was 17, I would walk to my local independent movie theater every Saturday before I had to go to work at Taco Bell (sometimes I would skip school and go see movies there too.)
That year I saw both The Sweet Hereafter and The Fifth Element, twice each because there were no new movies playing and I just wanted to watch movies. The Sweet Hereafter is how I will always remember Ian Holm. While I loved other independent cinema, that movie really cemented my love of quiet yet compelling stories. Holm is the reason for that.
Also The Fifth Element was just pure entertainment and still is and still needs a fucking sequel.