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Born: December 17, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Manchester, England, GB Profession: actor

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Having developed a reputation as a steady onscreen presence in his native England, actor Bernard Hill made a smooth and successful transition to Hollywood movies that culminated in a career-defining performance as Theoden, King of Rohan, in the second and third installments of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Prior to that, Hill earned a deal of celebrity with his noted performance in the acclaimed miniseries, "I, Claudius" (PBS, 1977), before he played the most popular character on the hit British series "Boys from the Blackstuff" (BBC2, 1980-82). Following a small, but career-boosting turn in the Oscar-winning "Gandhi" (1982), Hill amassed a number of films to his credit, including "The Bounty" (1984) and "Drowning by Numbers" (1988). He delivered a quality starring performance in the small drama, "Madagascar Skin" (1995), before appearing in major studio pictures like "The Ghost and the Darkness" (1996) and "Titanic" (1997). But it was his role in "The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003) that helped the actor gain a strong foothold in the United States. With subsequent roles in big Hollywood movies like "The Scorpion King" (2002) and "Valkyrie" (2008), Hill was well-established...

Having developed a reputation as a steady onscreen presence in his native England, actor Bernard Hill made a smooth and successful transition to Hollywood movies that culminated in a career-defining performance as Theoden, King of Rohan, in the second and third installments of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Prior to that, Hill earned a deal of celebrity with his noted performance in the acclaimed miniseries, "I, Claudius" (PBS, 1977), before he played the most popular character on the hit British series "Boys from the Blackstuff" (BBC2, 1980-82). Following a small, but career-boosting turn in the Oscar-winning "Gandhi" (1982), Hill amassed a number of films to his credit, including "The Bounty" (1984) and "Drowning by Numbers" (1988). He delivered a quality starring performance in the small drama, "Madagascar Skin" (1995), before appearing in major studio pictures like "The Ghost and the Darkness" (1996) and "Titanic" (1997). But it was his role in "The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003) that helped the actor gain a strong foothold in the United States. With subsequent roles in big Hollywood movies like "The Scorpion King" (2002) and "Valkyrie" (2008), Hill was well-established as a prominent supporting player capable of turning in quality performances that helped anchor numerous hit movies.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 ParaNorman (2012)
2.
 Kid, The (2010)
3.
 Franklyn (2009)
4.
 Valkyrie (2008)
6.
 Exodus (2007)
7.
 Joy Division (2006)
8.
 Save Angel Hope (2005) Cast
10.
 Wimbledon (2004) Edward Colt
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1974:
Stage debut in Willy Russell's "John, Paul, George, Ringo . . . and Bert"
1975:
Made film debut with "It Could Happen To You"
1976:
Portrayed Gratus in "I, Claudius", the mini-series which followed the history of the Roman Empire
1982:
Appeared in Richard Attenborough's Film "Gandhi"
1982:
Earned widespread attention in for his portrayal of a road worker in the black comedy "Boys from the Black Stuff"
1983:
Played York in the three part mini series "Henry VI"
1984:
Appeared in "The Bounty" with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins
1987:
Played a computer systems analyst and hero in "Bellman & True"
1989:
Portrayed a boorish husband in "Shirley Valentine"
1990:
Featured in "Mountains of the Moon"
1993:
Appeared in the TV movie "Dirtysomething" with Rachel Weisz
1995:
Dazzled as the eccentric Flint in "Madagascar Skin"
1996:
Played Dr. David Hawthorne in "The Ghost and the Darkness", with Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas
1997:
Appeared with Emily Watson in "The Mill on the Floss"
1997:
Played Capt. Edward J. Smith in James Cameron's "Titanic", which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
1999:
Featured in "True Crime", which starred Clint Eastwood, who also directed
1999:
Had role in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Which starred Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer
2002:
Played Philos in "The Scorpion King", which starred The Rock
2002:
Appeared as Theoden in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
2003:
Acted in the Thriller "Gothika", which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Halle Berry
2003:
Revised role of Theoden in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
2004:
Appeared in the romantic comedy "Wimbledon"
2005:
Starred in the musical comedy "The Boys and Girl from County Clare"
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