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British actor '''Bernard Hill''' (born 1944) played [[Théoden]] in [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]].
 
British actor '''Bernard Hill''' (born 1944) played [[Théoden]] in [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]].
  
To date, he has appeared in three films that won the Oscar for Best Picture - Gandhi (1982), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
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==Biography==
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Hill was born in Manchester, where he attended the Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama. He made his screen debut in 1973, and gained some fame as unemployed [[wikipedia:Scouser|Scouser]] [[wikipedia:Yosser Hughes|Yosser Hughes]] in ''[[wikipedia:The Black Stuff|The Black Stuff]]'' and its sequel, ''Boys from the Black Stuff''. Before that, he had made minor appearances in [[BBC]] series, including ''[[wikipedia:I, Claudius (TV series)|I, Claudius]]'' (which boasts many great actors, including [[Brian Blessed]], [[Christopher Guard]], [[Norman Shelley]], [[John Hurt]], [[John Rhys-Davies]] and [[Derek Jacobi]] in the title role).
  
He has had supporting roles in two of the seven most successful films of all time: Titanic (1997) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). Both are the only two to make more than $1 billion worldwide; both won exactly 11 Oscars including Best Picture; both are over three hours long, and he dies in both.
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A steady carreer with few peaks followed. He had a minor role in ''[[wikipedia:Gandhi (film)|Gandhi]]'' and a remarkable bigger one as [[wikipedia:Edward Smith|Captain Smith]] in ''[[wikipedia:Titanic (1997 film)|Titanic]]'' in 1997.
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Hill has appeared in the only two movies that made US$1 billion worldwide: ''Titanic'' and ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]]''. The irony that he died in both led to some jokes about having to kill Bernard Hill in order to clear a billion.
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His birthday coincides with the premiere of ''The Return of the King''.
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==Roles==
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* [[2003]]: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]]'' - [[Théoden]]
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* [[2002]]: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]'' - Théoden
  
His birthday coincides with the premiere of The Return of the King.
 
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
 
{{quote|The ensemble qualities of this award go way beyond the cast I think. I think everyone here realizes that we sit atop a kind of pyramid of talent, we actors. Because we can’t do what we do without the whole structure beneath us, and I think we’re all very aware of that, and very appreciative of the producers, the writers, the directors, and the make-up people, and the people who arrange the trailers in a circle and keep them warm for us in the morning, and make sure that we’ve got coffee and tea and things that keep us going during the day, and all that kind of stuff.|Bernard Hill, acceptance speech for the [[February 22|SAG award for ensemble cast]].}}
 
{{quote|The ensemble qualities of this award go way beyond the cast I think. I think everyone here realizes that we sit atop a kind of pyramid of talent, we actors. Because we can’t do what we do without the whole structure beneath us, and I think we’re all very aware of that, and very appreciative of the producers, the writers, the directors, and the make-up people, and the people who arrange the trailers in a circle and keep them warm for us in the morning, and make sure that we’ve got coffee and tea and things that keep us going during the day, and all that kind of stuff.|Bernard Hill, acceptance speech for the [[February 22|SAG award for ensemble cast]].}}
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== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0384060/ IMDb entry]
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Bernard Hill.jpg
Bernard Hill
Lifetimeb. December 17, 1944
PortrayedThéoden
InPeter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings
IMDbimdb

British actor Bernard Hill (born 1944) played Théoden in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings.

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Biography

Hill was born in Manchester, where he attended the Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama. He made his screen debut in 1973, and gained some fame as unemployed Scouser Yosser Hughes in The Black Stuff and its sequel, Boys from the Black Stuff. Before that, he had made minor appearances in BBC series, including I, Claudius (which boasts many great actors, including Brian Blessed, Christopher Guard, Norman Shelley, John Hurt, John Rhys-Davies and Derek Jacobi in the title role).

A steady carreer with few peaks followed. He had a minor role in Gandhi and a remarkable bigger one as Captain Smith in Titanic in 1997.

Hill has appeared in the only two movies that made US$1 billion worldwide: Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The irony that he died in both led to some jokes about having to kill Bernard Hill in order to clear a billion.

His birthday coincides with the premiere of The Return of the King.

Roles

Quotes

"The ensemble qualities of this award go way beyond the cast I think. I think everyone here realizes that we sit atop a kind of pyramid of talent, we actors. Because we can’t do what we do without the whole structure beneath us, and I think we’re all very aware of that, and very appreciative of the producers, the writers, the directors, and the make-up people, and the people who arrange the trailers in a circle and keep them warm for us in the morning, and make sure that we’ve got coffee and tea and things that keep us going during the day, and all that kind of stuff."
― Bernard Hill, acceptance speech for the SAG award for ensemble cast.

Awards

External Links