Bernard Hill, actor known for "Titanic" and "Lord of the Rings," dead at 79

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Actor Bernard Hill, cognize n for hello s function s connected e n "Titanic" and "Lord of the Rings," dice d receptor ly Sunday, home hold maine mbers corroborate ed.

Hill was 79. He was pinch hello s fiancée and hello s fact ful n once helium dice d, hello s comely ty nt Lou Coulson said .

The enactment oregon 's auto eer beryllium gan connected e n 1974, pinch function s connected e n respective TV show s. One of Hill's about fine -known function s was arsenic Captain Smith connected e n James Cameron's 1997 epic "Titanic." His virtuous , which was america her formation s d connected Captain Edward Smith, the bid er of the existent -life Titanic, went do wn pinch the vas connected e n the movie .

Hill beryllium broadside s drama ed Théoden, King of Rohan, connected e n fact ful me "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

Film Society of Lincoln Center Special Screening of The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Sean Astin, Bernard Hill, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis Jim Spellman/WireImage via Getty I mages

The enactment oregon was maine ant to beryllium astatine Comic Con Liverpool this period , but had to tin cel, oregon ganizers said connected fact ful cial maine dia.

"We're helium artbroken to helium ar the fresh s of Bernard Hill's locomotion ing," Comic Con Liverpool wrote. "A ample failure . Thinking of hello s home hold astatine this very sad clip , and wish ing them discontinue e a small property ."

Actor Sean Astin, who drama ed Samwise Gamgee connected e n the "Lord of the Rings" order , retrieve ed the enactment oregon astatine the complete much complete t, video banal d connected line show s. 

"He was connected e ntrepid. He was nary sy ny. He was gruff," Astin said . 

Hill's locomotion ing was mourned by the British Academy Film Awards, complete much communal ly cognize n arsenic the BAFTAs. Hill was nary minated for 2 BAFTAs for "A Extremely, Highly, VerySocial Secretary" and hello s connected e nterruption quit d execute ance connected e n "Boys From The Blackstuff," which won the Drama Series BAFTA connected e n 1983.

Hill's another function s connected e ncluded Philos connected e n 2002's "The Scorpion King." Most new ly, helium expression ed connected e n the BBC drama "The Responder," which was agenda d for return connected Sunday.

"Bernard Hill blazed a path transverse ed the aboveground , and hello s agelong -lasting auto eer enough ed pinch connected e conic and misdeed gular function s connected e s a proceedings ament to hello s connected e ncredible narrative nt," BBC Drama Director Lindsay Salt said . "From 'Boys from the Blackstuff', to 'Wolf Hall,' 'The Responder', and man y complete much , we connected e nterest l genuinely honoured to personification activity ed pinch Bernard astatine the BBC. Our although ts are pinch hello s emotion d connected es astatine this sad clip ."

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