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Bernard Hill, renowned for his roles in ‘Titanic’ and ‘Lord of the Rings,’ has passed away at the age of 79

Hill became part of “The Lord of the Rings” saga in the second installment of the trilogy, 2002’s “The Two Towers,” portraying Théoden, the King of Rohan

London—Actor Bernard Hill, who famously rallied his people into battle in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and portrayed the valiant captain in “Titanic,” has passed away at the age of 79.

Hill’s agent, Lou Coulson, confirmed his passing on Sunday morning.

Joining “The Lord Of The Rings” franchise in the second film of the trilogy, 2002’s “The Two Towers,” Hill took on the role of Théoden, King of Rohan. He reprised this role in “Return of the King,” a film that earned 11 Oscars.

In one of the trilogy’s most memorable scenes, Hill’s character, atop his horse, ignites his outnumbered forces with a thunderous battle cry, leading them into a fateful clash with the enemy.

In “Titanic,” Hill portrayed Captain Edward Smith, one of the few characters based on real-life figures in the 1997 romance starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The film also claimed 11 Academy Awards.

Amidst the ship’s sinking, Hill’s character retreats silently to the wheelhouse. With the cabin straining against the onslaught of water, he grasps the wheel, his final moments captured in cinematic poignancy.

Hill initially gained acclaim as Yosser Hughes in “Boys From the Blackstuff,” a 1982 British TV miniseries depicting the struggles of five unemployed men. His portrayal earned him a nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1983, with the series winning the BAFTA for best drama.

Hill’s passing coincided with the airing of the second series of the BBC drama “The Responder,” in which he played the father of the show’s protagonist, Martin Freeman.

“Bernard Hill’s indelible mark on the screen, marked by his iconic and remarkable roles, speaks volumes about his incredible talent,” remarked Lindsay Salt, director of BBC Drama. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.


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