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Actor Bernard Hill, known for his role as King Theoden in ‘The Lord of the Rings’, has died at the age of 80

Renowned British actor Bernard Hill, renowned for his portrayal of King Theoden in Peter Jackson’s epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy, died at the age of 80.

Born on December 17, 1944 in Manchester, England, Hill began his acting career on stage before transitioning to film and television. His versatility and talent allowed him to perform a wide range of roles including BBC series Boys from the Blackstuff and James Cameron’s Titanic. But it was his portrayal of the noble King Theoden that etched his name in film history.

In Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s beloved fantasy saga, Hill brought King Theoden to life with unparalleled gravitas. His portrayal captured the character’s journey from a troubled and manipulated ruler to a courageous and inspiring leader.

One of the most memorable moments in the trilogy took place during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields The return of the king, where Hill delivered a moving and iconic speech rallying the Rohirrim to oppose the forces of darkness that threatened Minas Tirith. Hill’s rendition of Theoden’s speech resonated with fans worldwide and became a defining moment in the film series.

In addition to his role in The Lord of the RingsHill’s career spanned decades and included appearances in films such as Gandhi, The Mind and the Darkness, The Scorpion King as well as TV series such as Wolf Hall.

He is survived by his wife Marianna Hill and their son Gabriel.

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