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‘Titanic’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ actor Bernard Hill passes away

British actor Bernard Hill, known for his roles in James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, died on Sunday.

Actor and singer Barbara Dickson confirmed the news on X by sharing a black and white picture of herself with the late actor.

Born in Manchester, England, Hill rose to prominence with his portrayal of Yosser Hughes in the acclaimed BBC TV drama ‘Boys from the Blackstuff.’ His depiction of Hughes, a proud yet desperate man grappling with unemployment in Liverpool during the early 1980s, earned him widespread recognition for his exceptional acting skills.

However, it was Hill’s roles in two monumental blockbusters that made him a household name. In James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’ (1997), he portrayed Captain Edward Smith, the stoic yet tragic commander of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. His performance added depth to the historical figure, capturing both the nobility and the tragic oversight of the captain.

Similarly, in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, Hill played King Theoden of Rohan. His portrayal of the manipulated monarch’s transformation into a courageous leader resonated with audiences, particularly in memorable battle scenes like the Battle of Helms Deep.

Throughout his career, Hill displayed versatility across various genres and platforms, showcasing his dedication to the craft of acting.

(Inputs: ANI)

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