May 27, 2024, Monday
Nepal 1:37:26 pm

Titanic actor dies at 79

The Nepal Weekly
May 7, 2024

Uk actor Bernard Hill, best known for his supporting roles in “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has passed away, according to his family sources.

“It is with the greatest sadness that we must announce that Bernard Hill, renowned actor known for his roles in ‘Titanic’ and ‘Lord of the Rings,’ passed away in the early hours of this morning at the age of 79,” his family said in a statement. “He was with his fiancée Alison and his son Gabriel.”

Hill rose to fame in his home country starring in 1982’s “Boys from the Blackstuff,” a gritty drama about unemployed men that become symbolic of the Thatcher era.

But it was in smaller roles, lending quiet dignity to some of the most successful films in cinema history, that he will be most familiar to audiences.

In James Cameron’s 1997 multi-Oscar winning “Titanic”, Hill plays the ship’s Captain Edward Smith as a man haunted by his role in the tragedy and ultimately resigned to his fate.

He was last seen alone, still clutching the ship’s helm, before the rising water bursts in through the windows.