Since the release of “The Fellowship of the Ring” more than two decades ago, the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy has been orphaned by many of its actors. Christopher Lee and Ian Holm, of course, but also a few others… Tribute.
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy recently turned two decades old. A cult saga, completed by that of the Hobbit, which, over the years, has lost several of its actors. Christopher Lee and Ian Holm, of course, but also a few lesser-known others… We pay tribute to them here.
Disappeared on June 19, 2020, the British actor Ian Holm, seen in the credits of Alien, Chariots of Fire and The Fifth Element, was a prominent figure in the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings. It was indeed he who embodied the illustrious character of Bilbo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King then in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Note that Ian Holm also lent his voice to… Frodo! It was in 1981, in the radio adaptation of the work of JRR Tolkien produced by the BBC.
New Zealand actor Noel Appleby, who died in 2007, played Odo Fierpied on screen. The Hobbit, cousin of Bilbo, has the particularity of having very large and very hairy feet. His participation in The Fellowship of the Ring is furtive: scolded by his wife for enjoying the spectacle of Gandalf’s fireworks (in a scene homage to the 70s animated film), he then appears in the famous scene of Bilbo’s feast.
We also see the character of Fierpied in The Return of the King. First watching Frodo and his friends return to the Shire and then, quickly, to the bustling Green Dragon Inn.
Disappeared in April 2020, the New Zealand comedian Bruce Allpress played the character of Aldor in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Archer of Rohan, he only appears in one scene of the feature film directed by Peter Jackson, but not just any scene since it is he who, during the great battle of Helm’s Deep, kills the first with an arrow Uruk-hai of Saruman’s army.
In addition to his stealthy but notable participation in The Lord of the Rings, Bruce Allpress, a big name in New Zealand entertainment, had also appeared in The Piano Lesson as well as in the Power Rangers series.
You haven’t seen Alan Howard in the movie trilogy. Lord of the Rings, but you heard it! It is indeed the British comedian, who died in February 2015, who lent his voice to Sauron and the One Ring in The Fellowship of the Ring and The king’s return. A member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company between 1966 and 1983, Alan Howard, a big name on the scene across the Channel, notably appeared on the big screen in the credits of Return of the Musketeers.
We no longer present Christopher Lee. The British actor, who died in June 2015, played the terrible Saruman in the film saga of Lord of the Rings as well as in that of Hobbit.
Before becoming a cult figure in the film adaptations of Tolkienhe had in particular, over the course of an impressive career, played the famous Dracula, a certain Sherlock Holmes, the villain of James Bond The Man with the Golden Gun or even Count Dooku in the Star Wars saga, while becoming a Tim Burton stalwart from the late 90s. A legend.
Passed away in 2009, Martyn Sanderson was considered the father of modern New Zealand theatre. Director, producer and poet, he was also an actor, with a good twenty films to his credit at the local level but also experiences abroad. In 2001, he appeared briefly in the credits of The Fellowship of the Ring in the role of Harry Goatleaf (Harry Chèvrefeuille in French version), guardian of the West Gate of Brie during the War of the Ring.
British actor Antony Sher, who died late last year, played the character of Thráin II, son of Thrór and father of Thorin II. We can see this character, imprisoned and tortured by Sauron, in the long version of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. A prolific actor on screen and on stage, Antony Sher notably played MacBeth on the boards, giving the reply to Richard Armitage for the occasion.