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Lord of the Rings and Titanic actor Bernard Hill dies at 79

Bernard Hill, the actor who starred in films like “The Lord of the Rings” and “Titanic,” has died. He was 79 years old.

The English actor died early Sunday morning, his agent, Lou Coulson, confirmed to the BBC over the weekend.

Fans and colleagues took X to mourn the actor.

Actor Bernard Hill has died at the age of 79. PA Images via Getty Images
He died on Sunday, his agent confirmed to the BBC. Jabphotography/Shutterstock
Hill played Captain Edward J. Smith in “Titanic.” 20th Century Fox/Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock

“So sad to hear of #bernardhill’s passing, had the pleasure of filming with him on BBC’s ‘From There to Here’,” Neil Ashton wrote. “He was incredibly adorable and we laughed a lot while filming our scene. Such a phenomenal actor. God bless him. So many thoughts and love for his family and friends.

“Bernard Hill was a great actor. It’s really a shame,” one fan noted.

Hill, born in Manchester, starred in many British television series, but began appearing more frequently in films in the mid-1990s.

He played King Théoden of Rohan in the second and third “Lord of the Rings” films. New Line Cinema/courtesy Everett Collection
Hill was scheduled to appear at a Comic-Con event this week. New Line Cinema/courtesy Everett Collection

One of his first notable roles was in the 1995 drama “The Ghost and the Darkness” alongside Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas.


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Hill went on to play doomed Captain Edward J. Smith in “Titanic” and King Théoden of Rohan in the second and third films of Peter Jackon’s hit “The Lord of the Rings” series.

Hill had many other film credits, including “The Ghost and the Darkness.” Moviestore/Shutterstock
He also appeared in “The Scorpion King”. Universal collection/courtesy Everett

Between “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” he is the only actor in history to appear in two films with 11 or more Academy Awards.

Hill, always popular with fans, was due to appear at Liverpool Comic-Con this week.

The event released a statement via X.

Hill was remembered on X by his colleagues and fans. New Line Cinema/courtesy Everett Collection
A former colleague called him “incredibly charming”. Corbis via Getty Images

“We are heartbroken to hear the news of Bernard Hill’s passing. A great loss. I am thinking of his family at this very sad time and I wish them lots of strength,” the message read.

He also played Philos in “The Scorpion King” alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Hill was married to actress Marianna Hill, with whom he shared a son, Gabriel.

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