Celebrated Actor Of ‘Titanic’, ‘Lord Of The Rings,’ Bernard Hill, Dies At 79

Late Bernard Hill

British actor, Bernard Hill, renowned for his compelling roles in cinematic epics such as “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings,” has died at the age of 79, his representative confirmed.

Hill, whose performances captivated audiences worldwide, passed away early Sunday, according to Lou Coulson, his agent.

In James Cameron’s “Titanic” (1997), Hill portrayed the stoic Captain Edward Smith, contributing to the film’s massive success and cultural impact. He gained further acclaim as Theoden, the valiant King of Rohan, in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, showcasing his versatility and command of complex characters.

“Bernard’s remarkable depth in character portrayal resonated with viewers across the globe, earning him a revered place in the pantheon of British actors,” Coulson stated in a release to British media.

Bernard Hill’s acting journey began with his noteworthy performance in the BBC’s 1982 drama series “Boys from the Blackstuff,” praised for its insightful depiction of working-class struggles. This role set the foundation for a distinguished career marked by a blend of critically acclaimed performances and blockbuster appearances.

Fans of Bernard Hill will have the opportunity to witness his talent posthumously as he features in the upcoming second series of the BBC drama “The Responder,” starring Martin Freeman, which is set to premiere in the UK later today.

Throughout his extensive career, Bernard Hill’s contributions to film and television have left an indelible mark on the industry, making his passing a significant loss to the movie community.

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