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Actor Bernard Hill, Known for ‘Titanic’ and ‘Lord of the Rings,’ Dies at 79

Renowned actor Bernard Hill, famous for his roles in blockbuster hits like “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings,” passed away at the age of 79, announced his agent Lou Coulson on Sunday morning.

Hill’s portrayal of Théoden, King of Rohan, in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “The Two Towers” endeared him to audiences worldwide. His iconic rallying cry to his troops before a battle remains etched in cinematic memory. In “Titanic,” Hill played Captain Edward Smith, adding depth and poignancy to the tragic narrative. Hill began his acting career with the 1982 British TV miniseries “Boys From the Blackstuff,” earning critical acclaim for his role as Yosser Hughes.

Hill’s demise coincides with the scheduled airing of the second series of the BBC drama “The Responder,” in which he played Martin Freeman’s father. Lindsay Salt, BBC Drama Director, praised Hill’s illustrious career, calling it a testament to his remarkable talent and expressing condolences to his family and loved ones.

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