Actor of ‘Titanic’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ dies


British actor Bernard Hill, probably best known for his supporting roles in blockbusters Titanic and The Lord of the Rings-trilogy, died on Sunday at the age of 79, his agent confirmed.

Among other roles, Hill played the role of Captain Edward Smith in the Oscar-winning 1997 film Titanic and gained worldwide recognition for his role as Theoden, King of Rohan, in two of the three The Lord of the Rings-movies by peter jackson.

Lou Coulson, his agent, confirmed the actor’s death to British media in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Early in his career, Hill also appeared in the BBC’s 1982 drama Boys from the Blackstuff. It received several awards and is still highly regarded as one of the best examples of the genre from the specific time.

Hill also appears in the second series of the contemporary BBC drama The Responder, with Martin Freeman. It started showing in the UK on Sunday.

On social media, numerous actors, movie fans and other industry players paid tribute to Hill.