Iconic Titanic and Lord of The Rings Actor Bernard Hill Dies Aged 79

(Daily360.com) Bernard Hill, a beloved actor with roles in the Lord of the Rings and Titanic, has passed away at the age of 79. He died early in the morning of May 5 with his fiancée and son by his side. Hill was well known for his role as King Theodon in the Lord of the Rings movies, but his first big role was as Yosser Hughes in the 1980s TV series The Black Stuff.

After the announcement of his death, many fans have called his role in The Black Stuff as one of the best acting portrayals in the history of television. Hill never won an Oscar award for any of his performances, but he is the only actor to have played a role in two different movies that received 11 academy awards each, tied for the most of any movie. Those movies were the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and the Titanic.

The same Lord of the Rings movie from 2004 earned a Screen Actors Guild Award for the most outstanding performance by a cast. The movie also won a Critics Choice Award for best acting ensemble. Hill’s final role was in the second season of the Responder alongside Morgan Freeman. The season premiere of the Responder also fell on May 5, the day of Hill’s passing.

Hill was scheduled to speak at the Liverpool Comic Con alongside his Lord of the Rings castmates, but told organizers his wife was sick and dropped out of the appearance the day before. The actors who played hobbits in the movie spoke at the event and paid tribute to Hill during their speech. Bill Boyd said that Hill was the best to ever speak Tolkien’s words.

The cast of the movies have frequently spent time together in the decades following the release of the movies. Cast member Elijah Wood posted a tribute to Hill on X, calling him a “friend” and a “king.” Wood said the beloved castmate will never be forgotten.

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