Ian Holm


Actor

About

Also Known As
Sir Ian Holm, Ian Holm Cuthbert
Birth Place
Essex, England, GB
Born
September 12, 1931

Biography

Considering his late arrival to the screen, the more than 100 films and television credits amassed by actor Sir Ian Holm was all the more impressive, given the breadth and inarguable quality displayed in his body of work. Trained on the stages of London, the talented thespian was initially seen in relatively minor roles in such films as "The Bofors Gun" (1968) and "Nicholas and Alexandra...

Family & Companions

Lynne Mary Shaw
Wife
Married in 1955; divorced in 1965.
Bee Gilbert
Companion
Producer, screenwriter, photographer. Lived together in the 1960s; mother of Holm's son Barnaby and daughter Melissa; later involved with Andrew Birkin with whom she had two sons.
Sophie Baker
Wife
Married c. 1981; divorced.
Penelope Wilton
Wife
Actor. Married in 1991; formerly married to actor Daniel Massey with whom she had a daughter; acted together in Richard Eyre's "Laughterhouse" (1984) and in TNT's "The Borrowers" (1993) and "The Return of the Borrowers" (1996).

Notes

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".

Biography

Considering his late arrival to the screen, the more than 100 films and television credits amassed by actor Sir Ian Holm was all the more impressive, given the breadth and inarguable quality displayed in his body of work. Trained on the stages of London, the talented thespian was initially seen in relatively minor roles in such films as "The Bofors Gun" (1968) and "Nicholas and Alexandra" (1971). The reprisal of his Tony-winning role in the film adaptation of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming" (1973) boosted Holm's reputation among his peers, but did little to increase his modest exposure. His career in film reached an entirely new level, however, after he stunned audiences as a murderous android in the sci-fi horror classic "Alien" (1979), before endearing himself as a nurturing coach in "Chariots of Fire" (1981). An amazing array of performances followed in such efforts as "Time Bandits" (1981), "Brazil" (1985), "Naked Lunch" (1991), "Big Night" (1996) and "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997), all of which were recognized when Holm was knighted by the Queen of England in 1998 for his services in drama. Nearly 40 years into his film career and still going strong, the actor delivered one of his more beloved portrayals as the hobbit Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001). Whether playing a tortured soul, a caring patriarch or an eccentric madman, Holm inhabited each character with an ease that audiences, critics and his fellow actors could only marvel at.

Born Ian Holm Cuthbert on Sept. 12, 1931 in Goodmayes, Essex, England, he was the son of Scottish parents James Harvey Cuthbert and Jean Wilson. Holm's parents worked together at West Ham Corporation Mental Hospital, where his mother was a nurse and his father wore many hats, including as a psychiatrist, the hospital's superintendant and an early innovator in the controversial technique of shock therapy treatment. Raised in London, Holm was educated at the nearby Chigwell School in Essex. Drawn to acting and the theater after attending a production of "Les Misérables," he joined a local drama society in his teens, and later won admission to the revered Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1949. After a brief interruption necessitated by his mandatory National Service in the British Army - during which time he was stationed abroad in Austria - Holm returned to the academy only to depart once more when he participated in an acting tour of the United States. Upon his return to the Royal Academy, the now well-traveled Holm quickly established himself as one of the more dependable students at the prestigious drama school.

Following his graduation from the Academy, Holm made his debut at Stratford as a spear carrier in "Othello" (1954), thereafter, he became a fixture with the company, performing notably as Mutius opposite Laurence Olivier's "Titus Andronicus" and as the Fool to Charles Laughton's "King Lear." When the Stratford company became the Royal Shakespeare Company, Holm was one of the first long-term contract artists, excelling as "Richard III" and winning the London Evening Standard Award as Best Actor for his "Henry V." After creating the character of Lenny in the original 1965 RSC production of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming," Holm began picking up frequent work on British television, including a pair of notable turns on the anthology series "Mystery and Imagination" (ITV, 1966-1970) in the installments "The Body Snatcher" and "Frankenstein." Holm returned to the States, where he then reprised his role in "The Homecoming" with a Tony-winning Broadway debut in 1967. Later that year, he returned home to appear in an RSC production as Romeo, starring at an age when most actors look to play Macbeth. By then, however, the film industry began taking notice of the talented stage actor.

It was no surprise when Holm emerged as a solid film presence in his feature film debut as an Irish gunner in "The Bofors Gun" (1968), which earned him a British Film Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He then crossed the Atlantic to star alongside fellow British actors Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and David Warner in director John Frankenheimer's "The Fixer" (1968), a Russian prison drama adapted from the novel by Saul Bellow. Although his short, stocky stature had not prevented him from landing leading roles at the RSC, Holm found himself typecast as a character actor for the big screen, though he quickly built a reputation for versatility and reliability. Much of his early film work was in period fare or in recurring collaborations with familiar directors such as Richard Attenborough and Richard Lester. Efforts from this period included "Oh! What a Lovely War" (1969), "Mary Queen of Scots" (1971), "Nicholas and Alexandra" (1971) and "Young Winston" (1972). Holm reprised his Tony-winning part once more - this time for the screen - in director Peter Hall's feature film version of "The Homecoming" (1973). The chameleon-like actor then followed with a bravura portrayal of the great French conqueror in the nine-part British miniseries "Napoleon and Love" (ITV, 1974), co-starring Billie Whitelaw as Josephine.

After a supporting role in the forgettable action-thriller "Juggernaut" (1974), Holm made his American TV debut in "The Rebel" (1975), an installment from a series of biopics covering various stages in the life of Benjamin Franklin. He then appeared as the despicable King John opposite Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn in "Robin and Marian" (1976), a romantic adventure chronicling the final days of the titular lovers. Following roles in Franco Zeffirelli's "Jesus of Nazareth" (NBC, 1977) and "The Man in the Iron Mask" (NBC, 1977), directed by Mike Newell, he played Nazi SS Chief Heinrich Himmler in yet another acclaimed television miniseries, "Holocaust" (NBC, 1978). It was, however, Holms' chilling portrayal of Ash, the duplicitous and coldly logical android in director Ridley Scott's "Alien" (1979) that would significantly raise his profile as an actor. The harrowing scene in which Ash attempts to murder fellow crewmember Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) stunned audiences who were caught unprepared for the pent up brutality unleashed by his previously passive character. From there, Holm went on to earn a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a dedicated track coach in Hugh Hudson's "Chariots of Fire" (1981). That same year, the versatile actor again played Napoleon; this time as a hilariously selfish and petulant man-child in Terry Gilliam's comedic fantasy "Time Bandits" (1981).

Holm continued to take on a variety of diverse characters in a string of projects, which included a convincing turn as Nazi propaganda minister Dr. Joseph Goebbels in the miniseries "Inside the Third Reich" (ABC, 1982), a kind-hearted Belgian explorer who rescues and educates a half-savage boy in "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" (1984), and a blandly evil bureaucrat in Gilliam's "Brazil" (1985). After delivering a meticulous performance as the husband of a troubled woman (Gena Rowlands) in Woody Allen's "Another Woman" (1988), Holm returned to the familiar world of Shakespeare in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of "Henry V" (1989) and Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" (1990). That same year, he delivered a charming rendition of Agatha Christie's famous sleuth, Hercule Poirot, in "Murder by the Book" (A&E, 1990), then remained in television to play Michelangelo's patron Lorenzo de Medici in "A Season of Giants" (TNT, 1991). Inhabiting similar absurdist territory as "Brazil," Holm also appeared in David Cronenberg's hallucinogenic "Naked Lunch" (1991), and Steven Soderbergh's stylized biopic-adaptation hybrid, "Kafka" (1991). Additionally, he starred as Pod opposite wife Penelope Wilton's Homily in the made-for-television version of "The Borrowers" (BBC, 1992), a miniseries based on British author Mary Norton's children's novels about a family of little people living under the floorboards of an English country home.

Holm reunited with his "Henry V" co-star Branagh for the Francis Ford Coppola-produced "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (1994), in which he played the father of the brilliant but misguided scientist (Branagh) whose experiments result in a hulking monstrosity (Robert De Niro). In a more historical period piece, he shone as the stern, albeit slightly dotty physician attempting to treat "The Madness of King George" (1994). He was deliciously nasty as Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub's restaurateur rival in the charming dramedy "Big Night" (1996). Always a prolific and reliable actor, Holm's career reached an entirely new level the following year when he appeared in no fewer than four notable feature films; an accomplishment he would repeat more than once in the years to come. He was the monk of an esoteric order in director Luc Besson's futuristic "The Fifth Element" (1997), then appeared as a tormented New York City cop in Sidney Lumet's crime drama "Night Falls on Manhattan" (1997). In Danny Boyle's "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997), he played a wealthy businessman whose daughter (Cameron Diaz) is kidnapped by a down-on-his-luck janitor (Ewan McGregor). The gem of this banner year, however, was writer-director Atom Egoyan's "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997). Holm delivered a masterfully subtle performance as a big-city lawyer trying to convince the grieving parents of a small Canadian town to sue a bus company for the wrongful deaths of several of their children. Nearly universally hailed by critics, the role earned Holm a Genie Award for Best Actor, as well as one in the same category from the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Although it was where his career had begun more than three decades earlier, Holm had performed little on stage since a debilitating case of stage fright during a production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" in 1976. And despite his participation in a revival of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" in 1979 and a 1993 mounting of Pinter's "Moonlight" - in a role written specifically for him by the playwright - Holm had not felt comfortable performing in front of a live audience for years. That all changed after he was asked by director Richard Eyre to take the lead role in his new U.K. stage production of Shakespeare's "King Lear" in 1997. The show and Holm's performance became both the talk of the London theater community, and, in what the actor himself cited as some of his finest work, "King Lear" (PBS, 1998) was taped for the enjoyment of audiences the world over. After his hilariously bizarre turn as a thickly-accented scientist in Cronenberg's sci-fi nightmare "eXistenZ" (1999), he completely embodied the title role of actor-writer Tucci's "Joe Gould's Secret" (2000), beautifully capturing the dualities of his complex character's charm, intelligence, eccentricities and the multiple demons that haunted him. Other turn-of-the-millennium work included appearances opposite leading ladies Dame Judi Dench in "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells" (HBO, 2000), Sharon Stone in "Beautiful Joe" (2000), and the supernatural thriller "Bless the Child" (2000) opposite Kim Basinger.

A frequent narrator of television documentaries, Holm lent his voice to a retelling of George Orwell's classic parable "Animal Farm" (TNT, 1999), and to the animated biblical epic "The Miracle Maker" (ABC, 2000). He played Bonaparte for the third time in the romantic comedy "The Emperor's New Clothes" (2001), in addition to a turn as the maniacal royal physician Sir William Gull in "From Hell" (2001), the Hughes Brothers' stylish adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel about Jack the Ripper. The actor then undertook what would become one of his best-known roles, playing hobbit Bilbo Baggins in "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001) and "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), the bookend installments of the big-budget, epic trilogy. Lovingly adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's novels by filmmaker Peter Jackson, the trio of films became the biggest cinematic event of the early 21st Century. Holm next had a supporting role as a thoughtful climatologist in "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004), director Roland Emmerich's apocalyptic disaster film about the onslaught of a new ice age. He then gave a finely etched turn as an embittered, emotionally detached father in writer-director-star Zach Braff's lauded indie comedy-drama "Garden State" (2004). Also that year, the ever-busy Holm played the befuddled Professor Fitz in "The Aviator," Martin Scorsese's biography of film maverick and airline tycoon Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio).

In a change of pace, Holm joined writer-actor Amy Sedaris and comedian Stephen Colbert in the broad comedy "Strangers with Candy" (2005), a spin-off from Sedaris' Comedy Central television series, and also appeared opposite Nicholas Cage in "Lord of War" (2005) as a veteran arms dealer. He returned to the world of animation, first providing voice work in the black and white futuristic conspiracy thriller "Renaissance" (2006), then as an unscrupulous restaurateur in Pixar's culinary comedy "Ratatouille" (2007). At this point, Holm curtailed his professional output and took some time away from the screen. That is, until he reprised his earlier role as an aged Bilbo in Jackson's much anticipated prequel, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012) and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" (2013).

By Bryce Coleman

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Shergar (2008)
O Jerusalem (2007)
Ratatouille (2007)
The Treatment (2006)
Lord of War (2005)
Strangers with Candy (2005)
Chromophobia (2005)
The Aviator (2004)
Professor Fitz
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Garden State (2004)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Bilbo [Baggins]
Prisoner of Paradise (2003)
Narrator
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Bilbo [Baggins]
The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)
The Match (2001)
From Hell (2001)
Sir William Gull
Esther Kahn (2001)
Nathan Quellen
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2000)
White Knight
The Miracle Maker (2000)
Voice Of Pontius Pilate
Bless the Child (2000)
Reverend Grissom
Beautiful Joe (2000)
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000)
Animal Farm (1999)
Voice
Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)
Narrator
Existenz (1999)
Kiri Vinokur
Simon Magus (1999)
The Devil (Sirius--The Soul Merchant/ Boris--The Bohemian)
Night Falls on Manhattan (1997)
The Fifth Element (1997)
A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Mitchell Stephens
Loch Ness (1997)
Water Bailiff
Big Night (1996)
The Madness Of King George (1994)
The Advocate (1994)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Blue Ice (1993)
Sir Hector
The Fever (1991)
Narrator
Naked Lunch (1991)
Tom Frost
Kafka (1991)
Hamlet (1990)
Henry V (1989)
Another Woman (1988)
Brazil (1985)
Dance With A Stranger (1985)
Desmond Cussen
Dreamchild (1985)
Reverend Charles L Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)
Wetherby (1985)
Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes (1984)
Capitaine Phillippe D'Arnot
Bette Davis: The Benevolent Volcano (1984)
Narrator
Laughterhouse (1984)
Ben Singleton
The Return of the Soldier (1982)
Dr Gilbert Anderson
Battle For the Falklands (1982)
Narrator
CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981)
Time Bandits (1981)
Napoleon
S.O.S. Titanic (1979)
Alien (1979)
Ash
All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)
Himmelstoss
The Thief of Bagdad (1978)
Les Miserables (1978)
Thenardier
March Or Die (1977)
The Man In The Iron Mask (1977)
Duval
Shout at the Devil (1976)
Robin And Marian (1976)
Juggernaut (1974)
The Homecoming (1973)
Young Winston (1972)
George Buckle
A Severed Head (1971)
Martin Lynch-Gibbon
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
[Vasily Vaslevich] Yakovlev
Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
David Riccio
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
President Poincaré
The Fixer (1968)
Grubeshov
The Bofors Gun (1968)
Gunner Flynn

Music (Feature Film)

Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Song Performer

Cast (Special)

Holocaust on Trial (2000)
Narration
Skin Deep (1999)
Narrator
King Lear (1998)
King Lear
The Churchills (1996)
Narrator
Highgrove: Nature's Kingdom (1995)
Narration
Elizabeth R: A Year in the Life of the Queen (1992)
Narrator
Uncle Vanya (1991)
Classic Mel: The Making of Mel Gibson's Hamlet (1991)
Murder By the Book (1990)
The Tailor of Gloucester (1990)
Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill (1987)
Miss Morison's Ghosts (1983)
We, the Accused (1983)
The Rebel (1975)
Wedderburn

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Return of the Borrowers (1996)
Pod
The Tailor of Gloucester (1993)
The Borrowers II (1993)
Pod
The Borrowers (1993)
Pod
A Season of Giants (1991)
Inside the Third Reich (1982)
Dr Joseph Goebbels
Holocaust - The Story of the Family Weiss (1978)
Jesus of Nazareth (Do Not Use) (1977)

Life Events

1954

Made professional stage debut as a spear carrier in Royal Shakespeare Company's (then Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon) "Othello"

1954

Spent 14 seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in the classic Shakespearean repertory

1955

Toured Europe with Laurence Olivier in Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus," playing Mutius

1959

Portrayed the Fool to Charles Laughton's "King Lear"

1965

Created the role of Lenny in RSC production of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming," directed by Peter Hall

1966

Acted in Thames TV adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Body Snatcher"

1967

Broadway debut, reprising Lenny in "The Homecoming" (again directed by Hall), earned Featured Actor in a Play Tony Award

1968

Film acting debut, "The Bofors Gun"; earned a British Film Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor

1968

First American-produced film, John Frankenheimer's "The Fixer"

1969

First film with Hall, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (as Puck), also acted in Richard Attenborough's feature directing debut "Oh! What a Lovely War"

1970

Reteamed with Attenborough as actors in Dick Clement's "A Severed Head," adapted from the Iris Murdoch novel by Frederic Raphael

1972

Acted in Attenborough's "Young Winston"

1973

Reprised his role as Lenny in the film version of "The Homecoming," directed by Hall

1974

First film with director Richard Lester, "Juggernaut"

1974

Starred as the French general in Thames Television production "Napoleon and Josephine"

1975

American TV debut, "The Rebel" (CBS)

1976

Overcome with debilitating stage fright during a London preview of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh," walked off and out of show; referred to incident as "my breakdown"

1976

Reteamed with Lester for "Robin and Marian"

1977

Debut in a U.S. TV miniseries, "Jesus of Nazareth" (NBC)

1978

Played Nazi S.S. Chief Heinrich Himmler in acclaimed NBC miniseries "Holocaust"

1978

Portrayed author J.M. Barrie in the British TV drama "The Lost Boys"

1979

Briefly returned to the stage in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" still overcome with stage fright; last theatrical role for 14 years

1979

Essayed Ash, the android member of the doomed crew in Ridley Scott's "Alien"

1981

First film with director Terry Gilliam, "Time Bandits" as Napoleon

1981

Received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for portrayal of track coach Sam Mussabini in "Chariots of Fire," directed by Hugh Hudson

1982

Portrayed Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels in ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich"

1984

Cast in supporting role in Hudson's "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," playing the Belgian explorer who discovered the half-savage Tarzan

1985

Portrayed Reverend Charles L Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) in "Dreamchild"

1985

Won praise for his performance as a venal bureaucrat in Gilliam's "Brazil"

1989

Played Captain Fluellen in Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V"; Branagh in his autobiography said Holm was "very much of the anything you can do I can do less of school of acting"; statement regarded as a compliment by Holm

1990

Portrayed Polonius in Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet," starring Mel Gibson

1991

First film with David Cronenberg, "Naked Lunch"

1992

Played Pod in "The Borrowers," two six-part BBC series based on the novels my Brit author Mary Norton; later aired on TNT as "The Borrowers" (1993) and "The Return of the Borrowers" (1996)

1993

Returned to the stage after more than a decade in Pinter's "Moonlight"; the playwright had written the role of the embittered, dying patriarch expressly for him

1994

Reteamed with Branagh for "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"; cast as the father of Victor Frankenstein (Branagh)

1994

Cast as Dr Willis, one of the physicians who helped cure the monarch in "The Madness of King George"

1996

Delivered scene-stealing turn as a rival restaurateur in "Big Night"; co-written, co-directed, and co-starring Stanley Tucci

1997

Cast as Cameron Diaz's father in "A Life Less Ordinary"

1997

Earned plaudits for his work as a seedy lawyer in Atom Egoyan's film version of "The Sweet Hereafter"

1997

Perfected a "Noo Yawk" accent for his role as a cop in Sidney Lumet's "Night Falls on Manhattan"

1998

Starred in London stage production of "King Lear," directed by Richard Eyre

1998

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

1998

Reprised his acclaimed turn as "King Lear" (again directed by Eyre) for TV; aired in U.S. on PBS; earned Emmy nomination but lost award to Stanley Tucci (for his performance as gossip columnist Walter Winchell)

1999

Reteamed with Cronenberg for "eXistenZ"; cast as an eccentric scientist

1999

Provided voice of Squeeler in TNT's adaptation of George Orwell's "Animal Farm," a mixture of animation and live-action

2000

Reteamed with Tucci (who directed, co-wrote and co-starred as Mitchell) for "Joe Gould's Secret," based on the character immortalized by <i>New Yorker</i> writer Joe Mitchell

2000

Acted with Judi Dench, Olympia Dukakis, and Leslie Caron in HBO drama "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells"; played a drummer who had dressed in drag to play with an all-female orchestra; received Emmy nomination

2000

Provided the voice of Pontius Pilate in the animated movie "The Miracle Maker"; aired on ABC in U.S.

2000

Starred opposite Summer Phoenix in the Cannes-screened "Esther Kahn"

2001

Cast as Napoleon in "The Emperor's New Clothes"

2001

Played the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy; all three films were shot simultaneously from 1999 to 2000 for release over a three year period: "The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), "The Two Towers" (2002), "The Return of the King" (2003)

2001

Headlined London stage revival of Pinter's "The Homecoming", portraying the patriarch; also briefly played NYC as part of a tribute to the author

2001

Had featured role in the Jack the Ripper drama "From Hell"

2004

Cast as Andrew Largeman's (Zach Braff) father in "Garden State," Braff's writting and directorial debut

2004

Acted opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes in "The Aviator," directed by Martin Scorsese

2004

Starred with Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal in "The Day After Tomorrow"

2005

Cast in Andrew Niccol's "Lord of War" with Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke

2007

Voiced Skinner in the Pixar animated feature "Ratatouille"

2007

Played an eccentric analyst in "The Treatment"

2009

Narrated British production "1066 The Battle for Middle Earth" (Channel 4)

2012

Returned to Middle Earth as Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman played young Bilbo) in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson

Photo Collections

Alien - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Fox's Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring (2001) - Seeking My Counsel Christopher Lee takes over the narration as the wizard Saruman, being visited by Gandalf (Ian McKellen), early in the first of Peter Jackson’s celebrated trilogy from the J.R.R. Tolkein novels, Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, 2001.
Another Woman (1988) - I'm Not A Ghost Rejoining narration by Marion (Gena Rowlands), in her sub-let writing space, hearing again the voice of Mia Farrow talking to the neighbor analyst, then her own recollections featuring ex-lover Gene Hackman, Ian Holm her husband to-be, and Betty Buckley his ex, in Woody Allen's Another Woman, 1988.
Another Woman (1988) - My Name Is Marion Post Woody Allen’s opening with Gena Rowlands introducing herself in the lead role as New York academic Marion, standard credits and the introduction of the central plot device, initially with the voice of Fred Melamed heard through the heating vent, in Another Woman, 1988.
Time Bandits (1981) - Me And My Shadow The time-traveling dwarves (David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Jack Purvis et al) and Kevin (Craig Warnock) have tumbled to Castiglione, Lombardy, 1796, which nutty Napoleon (Ian Holm) has just conquered, aiming to ingratiate themselves with the Al Jolson tune, in director Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits, 1981.
Aviator, The (2004) - War Postponed No Clouds Ian Holm is meteorologist Fitz, Matt Ross aircraft designer Odie, John C. Reilly accountant Dietrich and Leonardo DiCaprio is Howard Hughes, dead set on finding clouds as backdrop for his air-war movie, for the first big technical scene from director Martin Scorsese, in The Aviator, 2004.
Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) - Ready For The Shot The historical fantasy opening from the first movie directed by Richard Attenborough, Ralph Richardson as the British foreign secretary, Meriel Forbes his wife, Ian Holm the French president, John Gielgud the Austrian foreign minister, Kenneth More the Kaiser, Paul Daneman the Czar, many others, in the sprawling WWI farce Oh! What A Lovely War, 1969.
Juggernaut (1974) - Seven Bombs Aboard Introducing cruise line executive Porter (Ian Holm) at home, taking the pivotal phone call, director Richard Lester neatly cutting to the ship where Captain Brunel (Omar Sharif), first officer Hollingsworth (Mark Burns) and others respond, in Juggernaut, 1974.
Juggernaut (1974) - Nice Cushy Job Cruise line exec Porter (Ian Holm) consulting with police including McCleod (Anthony Hopkins), who traces a phone call from the extortionist, as bomb de-fuser Fallon (Richard Harris) and team fly toward the ship, in Richard Lester's Juggernaut, 1974.
Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan (1984) - I'll Know Him At A Glance! The Sixth Earl (Ralph Richardson) preparing to meet his grandson (Christopher Lambert), rescued from the jungle, with friend D'Arnot (Ian Holm), and introduced to cousin Jane (Andie MacDowall), in Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes, 1984.
Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan (1984) - Mon Dieu! First appearance (following two younger versions) of Christopher Lambert as the title character, finding wounded French soldier D'Arnot (Ian Holm) in the jungle, in Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes, 1984.

Trailer

Family

James Harvey Cuthbert
Father
Mental hospital superintendent. Scottish.
Jean Wilson Cuthbert
Mother
Scottish.
Eric Cuthbert
Brother
Died of cancer in 1944.
Jessica Holm
Daughter
Mother, Lynn Shaw.
Sarah-Jane Holm
Daughter
Actor. Mother, Lynn Shaw.
Barnaby Holm
Son
Nightclub manager. Runs the House of Blues in L.A.; mother, Bee Gilbert.
Melissa Holm
Daughter
Mother, Bee Gilbert.
Harry Holm
Son
Mother, Sophie Baker.
Alice Pearl Massey
Step-Daughter
Born c. 1978; mother, Penelope Wilton; father, Daniel Massey.

Companions

Lynne Mary Shaw
Wife
Married in 1955; divorced in 1965.
Bee Gilbert
Companion
Producer, screenwriter, photographer. Lived together in the 1960s; mother of Holm's son Barnaby and daughter Melissa; later involved with Andrew Birkin with whom she had two sons.
Sophie Baker
Wife
Married c. 1981; divorced.
Penelope Wilton
Wife
Actor. Married in 1991; formerly married to actor Daniel Massey with whom she had a daughter; acted together in Richard Eyre's "Laughterhouse" (1984) and in TNT's "The Borrowers" (1993) and "The Return of the Borrowers" (1996).
Sophie De Stempel
Wife
Painter. Married late 2003.

Bibliography

Notes

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