Beloved Actor Bernard Hill, Known for Titanic and The Lord of the Rings, Passes Away at 79

May 6, 2024 9:29 am in by

Renowned British actor Bernard Hill, famous for his roles in cinematic epics like The Lord of the Rings and Titanic, has sadly passed away at the age of 79, as confirmed by his agent Lou Coulson.

Hill, whose captivating performances earned him acclaim across generations, first captivated audiences as Théoden, King of Rohan, in the second installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, “The Two Towers” (2002). His portrayal continued to shine in “The Return of the King,” a film that swept 11 Oscars, where his rallying cry before leading his people into battle remains etched in cinematic history.

In Titanic (1997), Hill portrayed the stoic Captain Edward Smith, bringing authenticity to the tragic tale. The film, also an 11-time Oscar winner, showcased Hill’s versatility as an actor.

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Bernard Hill as Captain Edward James Smith in “Titanic”, written and directed by James Cameron, released 1997. Paramount Pictures. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

Born on December 17, 1944, in Manchester, England, Hill’s career spanned decades, leaving an indelible mark on both the big and small screens. From his breakout role as Yosser Hughes in “Boys From the Blackstuff” (1982) to memorable appearances in television series like “I, Claudius” and “Wolf Hall,” Hill’s talent knew no bounds.

In addition to his illustrious screen career, Hill’s stage presence and contributions to cinema will be cherished by audiences worldwide. He leaves behind a legacy of iconic performances and memories.

As we bid farewell to a titan of the entertainment industry, our hearts go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. Bernard Hill’s legacy will endure through his timeless contributions to the world of film and television.