Star of ‘Titanic’ Dead

( – Bernard Hill, the distinguished English actor celebrated for his vivid portrayals of Théoden, King of Rohan, in the acclaimed “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and Captain Edward Smith in the blockbuster “Titanic” (1997), has passed away.

Hill died on Sunday morning at the age of 79.

The news of Hill’s death was confirmed by his agent, though the specifics regarding the cause of his death remain undisclosed.

Hill’s ascent to prominence in the acting world began with his compelling performance in the 1982 BBC2 television program “The Black Stuff.”

In this series, he portrayed Yosser Hughes, a working-class individual besieged by a myriad of challenges, notably the loss of his job.

His character’s phrase, “Gizza’ job!” (“Give us a job”), became emblematic of the era, often echoed by those opposing the conservative policies of Margaret Thatcher during a period marked by significant unemployment.

While Hill’s career included a multitude of roles across both film and television, his initial breakout role in cinema was in “The Ghost and the Darkness” (1996), which featured stars Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer.

His trajectory in the cinematic world continued to ascend with his role in “Titanic” the following year.

His career continued to flourish with another significant role as Philos in “The Scorpion King,” where he starred alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

His acclaim further solidified with his performances in the second and third installments of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

More recently, Hill graced the small screen in several episodes of the BBC series “The Responder.”

At the time of his death, he was involved in a film project that was in the pre-production phase, as indicated by his IMDb profile.

Reflecting on his illustrious career and the profound impact he had on the film and television industries, Lindsay Salt, the director of BBC Drama, paid homage to Hill.

“Bernard Hill blazed a trail across the screen, and his long-lasting career filled with iconic and remarkable roles is a testament to his incredible talent,” Salt said.

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