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‘Titanic’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ Actor Dies Aged 79

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Bernard Hill

Bernard Hill, a famed actor who played Captain Edward Smith in James Cameron’s 1997 film ‘Titanic,’ has reportedly died at the age of 79. A cause of death for the late actor has not yet been revealed.

Hill also had a role in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films. The actor portrayed the character King Théoden. ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Titanic’ are both considered some of the best films of their era.

The acclaimed actor also had roles in 1976’s I, Claudius, 1982’s Gandhi, 1999’s Clint Eastwood film True Crime, 1999’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2002’s The Scorpion King and 2008’s Tom Cruise film Valkyrie.

To say he was a prolific actor would truly be an understatement.

The actor passed away early Sunday morning. His death was confirmed by his agent Lou Coulson. Barbara Dickson, a scottish musician and friend of the actor, said the following about his death in a post made to her X account,

It’s with great sadness that I note the death of Bernard Hill. We worked together in John Paul George Ringo and Bert, Willy Russell marvellous show 1974-1975. A really marvellous actor. It was a privilege to have crossed paths with him. RIP Benny

Barbara Dickson

Lindsay Salt, the director of BBC Drama, released the following statement on the late actor’s passing, saying,

Bernard Hill blazed a trail across the screen, and his long-lasting career filled with iconic and remarkable roles is a testament to his incredible talent.

From Boys from the Blackstuff, to Wolf Hall, The Responder, and many more, we feel truly honoured to have worked with Bernard at the BBC. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this sad time.

Lindsay Salt

Hill spent his entire career pursuing excellence in the field of acting, and to know that by the end of his career that he would be a contributor to some of the greatest movies of the time is simply beautiful.

He lived a long and fulfilling life. He was simply a legend. Rest in peace, Bernard Hill!

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