How did Bernard Hill Die? Titanic Fame is No More

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His representative announced that Bernard Hill, who appeared in Lord of the Rings and Titanic, died at 79.

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How did Bernard Hill Die?

Bernard Hill, an actor most remembered for his roles in Titanic, died at 79. He portrayed Captain Edward Smith in the 1997 Oscar-winning picture and King Théoden in The Lord of the Rings. His breakthrough part was in the 1982 BBC TV drama Boys from the Blackstuff, in which he played Yosser Hughes, a character who fought – and frequently failed – to deal with unemployment in Liverpool. His agent, Lou Coulson, confirmed that he died early Sunday morning. At the time, he was accompanied by his fiancee Alison and son Gabriel.

Tributes Flooded to Bernard Hill:

Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, and Billy Boyd, who played Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, paid tribute to their co-star at Comic-Con in Liverpool. Astin began by stating, “We love him. He was courageous, humorous, rough, moody, and gorgeous.” Boyd recalled seeing the trilogy with Monaghan, saying, “I don’t think anyone spoke Tolkien’s words as well as Bernard.” He’d break my heart. He will be genuinely missed.” Hill’s death was a “great loss and also a great surprise” for Alan Bleasdale, who penned Boys from the Blackstuff.

Who is Bernard Hill?

Hill was born in Blackley, Manchester, in 1944 and earned a certificate in theatre in 1970. He was married to fellow actor Marianna Hill, with whom he has a son. His agent, Lou Coulson, confirmed his death in the early hours of Sunday. His management company said, “Bernard was a client of Optimism Entertainment for many years and was a wonderful gentleman and incredibly gifted performer. “He was an incredible man, and we are devastated to learn of his death. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family. We will miss him dearly.” Hill will return to television on Sunday night, starring in the second season of Martin Freeman’s BBC thriller, The Responder.

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