Bernard Hill, who starred in ‘Titanic’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ dies at 79

The Lord of the Rings and Titanic star Bernard Hill, an English actor, passed away on Sunday. He was seventy-nine.

Lou Coulson, Hill’s agent, told NPR that Hill had passed away. According to Coulson, Hill was at the time with his son and fiancée.

Hill performed for more than 50 years in theater and on cinema. In the BBC series The Responder, he played the father of the main character, which debuted on Sunday.

The director of BBC drama, Lindsay Salt, called Hill an exceptional actress.

“His long-lasting career filled with iconic and remarkable roles is a testament to his incredible talent,” Salt stated in a press release.

A standout performance by Hill came from the 1997 Academy Award winning picture Titanic. While water poured into the ship’s wheelhouse, Hill, who was portraying Captain Edward John Smith, displayed a terrifying mix of shock and guilt.

As King Théoden of Rohan in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hill shown his adaptability. Hill’s portrayal is pathetic and feeble in one scene. Another depicts him leading a cavalry attack while shouting the famous phrase “Arise! Arise! Heroes of Theoden!”

The Manchester, England, native Hill received recognition for his performance as Yosser Hughes in the British television series Boys from the Blackstuff, which followed a group of guys as they navigated Liverpool in the midst of a faltering economy and heavy unemployment.

Hill has been recognized for his performances over the years with a number of nominations and honors, including one from the Screen Actors Guild for his work in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

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