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Lord Of The Rings and Titanic Actor Dead

Actor Bernard Hill best known for his roles in The Titanic and Lord of the Rings, has passed away at the age of 79.

Hill, who played the role of teh captain of the Titanic and The Lord of the Rings franchise as Théoden, King of Rohan, died on Sunday morning, according to his agent.

Hill’s co-star in Lord of the Rings, Sean Astin, stated, “We love him. He was intrepid, he was funny, he was gruff, he was irascible, he was beautiful.”

His cause of death has been withheld from the public at this time.

Here’s what AP reported:

Actor Bernard Hill, who delivered a rousing cry before leading his people into battle in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and went down with the ship as the captain in “Titanic,” has died.

Hill, 79, passed away Sunday morning, agent Lou Coulson said.

Hill joined “The Lord Of The Rings” franchise in the second film of the trilogy, 2002’s “The Two Towers,” as Théoden, King of Rohan. The following year, he reprised the role in “Return of the King,” a movie that won 11 Oscars.

In one of the film’s most memorable scenes, Hill’s character fires up his overmatched forces by delivering a battle cry on horseback that sends his troops thundering downhill toward the enemy and his own imminent death.

Per BBC:

Actor Bernard Hill, best known for roles in Titanic and Lord of the Rings, has died aged 79.

He played Captain Edward Smith in the 1997 Oscar-winning film and King Théoden in the Lord of the Rings.
His breakout role was in 1982 BBC TV drama Boys from the Blackstuff, where he portrayed Yosser Hughes, a character who struggled – and often failed – to cope with unemployment in Liverpool.

He died early on Sunday morning, his agent Lou Coulson confirmed.

With him at the time were his fiancee Alison and his son Gabriel.


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