Bernard Hill

1944 - 2024

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Bernard Hill (17 December 1944 – 5 May 2024) was an English actor. He was known for his versatile roles in both television and film, and his career spanned over fifty years. Hill first gained prominence as the troubled hard man Yosser Hughes in Alan Bleasdale's Play for Today drama The Black Stuff (1980) and its sequel serial Boys from the Blackstuff (1982), the latter earning him a nomination for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bernard Hill has received more than 4,504,716 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Bernard Hill is the 618th most popular actor (up from 697th in 2019), the 760th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 861st in 2019) and the 93rd most popular British Actor.

Bernard Hill is most famous for his role as King Théoden in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Among actors, Bernard Hill ranks 618 out of 13,578Before him are James Gandolfini, Benicio del Toro, Jim Belushi, Stanley Tucci, Richard S. Castellano, and Hardy Krüger. After him are James Cagney, Cornel Wilde, Pierre Brice, Shelley Winters, Steve Reeves, and Gena Rowlands.

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Among people born in 1944, Bernard Hill ranks 86Before him are Günter Netzer, Thein Sein, Michelle Phillips, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Antonio Damasio, and Coluche. After him are Ian McDiarmid, Donna Haraway, Erwin Neher, Karin Schubert, Rolf M. Zinkernagel, and Mairead Maguire. Among people deceased in 2024, Bernard Hill ranks 36Before him are Maurizio Pollini, Roberto Cavalli, Marcello Gandini, David Soul, Ira von Fürstenberg, and Richard Serra. After him are Jerry West, Glynis Johns, Sandra Milo, Robert Badinter, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, and Nikolai Ryzhkov.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Bernard Hill ranks 760 out of 8,785Before him are Banksy (1970), William Holman Hunt (1827), H. Rider Haggard (1856), James Hadley Chase (1906), James Lovelock (1919), and Amy Winehouse (1983). After him are Margaret of York (1446), John Fowles (1926), Samuel Richardson (1689), Henry Fielding (1707), William Adelin (1103), and Charles Scott Sherrington (1952).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Bernard Hill ranks 93Before him are Oliver Reed (1938), Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765), Deborah Kerr (1921), Jude Law (1972), Alfred Molina (1953), and Margaret Rutherford (1892). After him are Rachel Weisz (1970), Ian McDiarmid (1944), Jean Simmons (1929), Richard Wilson (1936), Julie Walters (1950), and John Gielgud (1904).

Television and Movie Roles

Edward Smith
101-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story of her life aboard the Titanic, 84 years later. A young Rose boards the ship with her mother and fiancé. Meanwhile, Jack Dawson and Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets aboard the ship. Rose tells the whole story from Titanic's departure through to its death—on its first and last voyage—on April 15, 1912.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
King Théoden
Frodo Baggins and the other members of the Fellowship continue on their sacred quest to destroy the One Ring--but on separate paths. Their destinies lie at two towers--Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where the corrupt wizard Saruman awaits, and Sauron's fortress at Barad-dur, deep within the dark lands of Mordor. Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
King Théoden
As armies mass for a final battle that will decide the fate of the world--and powerful, ancient forces of Light and Dark compete to determine the outcome--one member of the Fellowship of the Ring is revealed as the noble heir to the throne of the Kings of Men. Yet, the sole hope for triumph over evil lies with a brave hobbit, Frodo, who, accompanied by his loyal friend Sam and the hideous, wretched Gollum, ventures deep into the very dark heart of Mordor on his seemingly impossible quest to destroy the Ring of Power.​