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Ian Holm Biography

Birth Name:
Ian Holm Cuthbert
Birth Place:
Goodmayes, London, England
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Decided to become an actor at age 7 after seeing Charles Laughton in a stage production of Les Miserables
  • Made his stage debut in 1954 as a spear carrier in Othello, and spent more than a decade with the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • First big-screen role was in the 1968 drama The Bofors Gun, for which he won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor
  • Developed a case of stage fright in 1976, leaving in the middle of a preview performance of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh; did not return to the theatre until 1993, when he appeared in Harold Pinter's Moonlight
  • Attracted the attention of Hollywood in 1979, when he portrayed the android Ash in Ridley Scott's classic Alien
  • Appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 1989, and knighted in 1998
  • Published his autobiography, Acting My Life, in 2004

Awards

  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1997Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1997Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 1996BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1985BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 1981Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1981Cannes Film Festival-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1969BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner

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