Actor Bernard Hill Passes Away at 79

Actor Bernard Hill, Known for 'Titanic' and 'Lord of the Rings' Roles, Passes Away at 79

Actor Bernard Hill, Known for ‘Titanic’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ Roles, Passes Away at 79

Bernard Hill, a character actor known for his roles in some of the biggest late-‘90s and early-2000s films, has passed away according to reports.

Actor Bernard Hill, Known for 'Titanic' and 'Lord of the Rings' Roles, Passes Away at 79

Multiple outlets have confirmed Hill’s passing, with news outlets stating they confirmed the news with Hill’s agent Lou Coulson. Some of Hill’s friends and former costars, such as actress Barbara Dickson, have also shared the news on social media.

Hill began his career in the film and TV industry in the early 1970s with appearances on popular British shows like “Rooms,” “Village Hall,” and “Crown Court.”

After a decade, he landed his first major role, portraying troubled father Yosser Hughes in the TV miniseries drama “Boys From The Blackstuff,” for which he received his first of two BAFTA nominations.

American audiences will remember him for his later work, including his portrayal of Edward Smith, captain of the ill-fated Titanic, in the 1997 James Cameron film, and as King Theoden in the second and third ‘Lord of the Rings’ films.

His other credits include Clint Eastwood’s “True Crime,” “Wimbledon,” “Paranorman,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Unforgotten,” “Wolf Hall,” “The Scorpion King,” “Vin,” “Jackanory,” “The Bounty,” “Runners,” and many more.

Hill was set to appear in the newest season of Martin Freeman’s show “The Responder,” which is scheduled to premiere Sunday.

Bernard is survived by his wife, Marianna, and son Gabriel. He was 79.

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