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'Lord of the Rings' Director Peter Jackson Pays Tribute to the Late Ian Holm, Who Play Bilbo Baggins

Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord of the Rings film franchise, is paying tribute to the late Ian Holm, who passed away this week.

Holm played the role of Bilbo Baggins in the movies. He died on Friday (June 19) following a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

“I’m feeling very sad at the passing of Sir Ian Holm. Ian was such a delightful, generous man. Quiet, but cheeky, with a lovely twinkle in his eye,” Jackson wrote in his lengthy tribute.

Peter told many stories about working with Ian, which you can read in the Facebook post below.

“Watching Ian Holm perform taught me so much – as Ian was being his usual quiet self, that just somehow happened. It was a privilege to work with him, and a blessing to know him,” Jackson said. “I’ve always loved Ian’s performance in the final scenes of Return of the King. ‘I think I’m quite ready for another adventure.’ Farewell, dear Bilbo. Safe travels, darling Ian.”

See what Ian‘s daughter-in-law wrote in her tribute.

Ian Holm's Daughter-in-Law, Samantha Morton, Pays Tribute to Him in Touching Post

Samantha Morton is paying tribute to her late father-in-law Ian Holm following his death.

The 43-year-old actress, who is a two-time Oscar-nominated actress for her work in Sweet and Lowdown and In America, took to Instagram to post about Ian.

“The most inspiring, funny, generous, welcoming father-in-law I could have hoped for. Good night Ian,” she wrote in her post.

Samantha has been in a relationship with Ian‘s son Harry Holm since 2007 and they share two kids together. She is also well known for her work in the TV series The Walking Dead, as well as in the movies Minority Report and Synecdoche, New York.

Ian was best known for playing Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film franchise. He passed away on Friday (June 19) following a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Ian Holm Dead - 'Lord of the Rings' & 'Alien' Star Dies at 88

Ian Holm has sadly died.

The British actor, known for roles in Lord of the Rings and Alien, passed away at the age of 88, his agent confirmed to The Guardian on Friday (June 19).

“It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88. He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer…charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely,” his agent said in a statement.

His death was Parkinson’s related, the agent also confirmed.

Ian was known for many roles throughout his career, including a BAFTA-winning role in 1981′s Chariots of Fire, as well as playing Bilgo Baggins in the iconic Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit films. He also played Ash in Alien.

Our thoughts are with Ian’s loved ones at this difficult time.

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