Holm was an instantly recognizable face in the industry, also considered a follower on stage or on screen. He won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1981 hit. Fire carts and played Bilbo Baggins with confidence in the epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit movies.
One of his most iconic performances was as the failing android Ash in Ridley Scott Extraterrestrial.
Born in 1931 in Essex, UK, Holm excelled on stage and was a pillar of the Royal Shakespeare Company early in his career, winning the Best Actor Evening Standard Award for Henry V in 1965. He was also well known for his work with Harold Pinter and a masterful King Lear in 1997.
Other notable performances by Holm include that of Terry Gilliam Time Bandits and Brazil, the madness of King George, The fifth Element and Atom Egoyan The Sweet Hearafter. He has also had considerable success on the small screen in shows such as The borrowers.
The actor is survived by his fourth wife, of Stempel, and five children from previous relationships, as well as his third wife, actor Penelope Wilton.