Intimidatingly versatile British actor Ian Holm was trained at RADA, then made his stage debut as a spear carrier in a Shakespeare Memorial Theatre production of Othello. Holm spent several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company, numbering among his favorite roles--Gremio in Taming of the Shrew, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (a character he memorably essayed in a 1968 RSC TV production) and Richard III. His character range tended to obscure his slight stature and the "normalcy" of his appearance: he would never be a matinee idol in the Olivier mold, but neither would he ever lack for work. Holm won a 1967 Tony award for his Broadway portrayal of Lenny in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, and the following year earned a British Film Academy Award for his second film appearance in The Bofors Gun. He earned both an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for his performance as Olympic trainer Sam Mastubrini in Chariots of Fire (1981). Other screen roles of note include King John in Robin and Marian (1976), Ash the android in Alien (1979), Napoleon in Time Bandits (1980), Rev. Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) in Dreamchild (1986) and Polonius in Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990). In addition to his regular roles in such television series as The Borrowers, Bells, Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill, We the Accused and Game Set and Match, Ian Holm has been seen as Himmelstoss in the 1978 TV movie remake of All Quiet on the Western Front, Heinrich Himmler in the miniseries Holocast (1978) and Joseph Goebbels in the multipart Inside the Third Reich (1982).
Date of Birth : 12 September 1931
Place of Birth : Goodmayes, London, England