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Bernard Hill Titanic and Lord of the Rings Star Dies at 79

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Renowned British actor Bernard Hill, celebrated for his memorable performances in "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, passed away on Sunday at the age of 79, as confirmed by his agent Lou Coulson to British media outlets.

Hill's portrayal of Captain Edward Smith in the Oscar-winning 1997 epic romance "Titanic" earned him widespread acclaim and recognition. He brought depth and gravitas to the role, leaving an indelible mark on audiences worldwide. Additionally, his portrayal of Theoden, King of Rohan, in Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy further solidified his status as a versatile and talented actor.

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Early in his career, Hill made a significant impact with his role in the BBC's acclaimed drama "Boys from the Blackstuff" in 1982. The series garnered critical acclaim and accolades, establishing Hill as a formidable talent in the industry. His portrayal in the series is still revered as a benchmark of excellence in British television drama.

Hill's versatility as an actor extended beyond the silver screen, as he was set to make a return to television screens in the upcoming series two of the contemporary BBC drama "The Responder." Starring alongside Martin Freeman, the series is poised to captivate audiences with its compelling narrative and stellar performances.

Bernard Hill's legacy as an actor will continue to inspire generations to come, with his remarkable body of work leaving an enduring impact on the world of cinema and television. His contributions to the arts will be remembered fondly, and his talent will be sorely missed by colleagues and fans alike.

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