Ian Holm, ‘Lord of the Rings’ star, dead at 88

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins, 200. (Provided Photo/Everett Collection via CNN)

  (CNN) — British actor Ian Holm has died at the age of 88, according to a statement from his agent.

Holm had a long and varied acting career that saw him cast as a slew of characters, including Bilbo Baggins in the “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy.

He was also the athletics coach Sam Mussabini in the 1981 movie “Chariots of Fire.”

Born in Essex in 1931, Holm attended the RADA drama school in London before becoming a stage actor.