In a tribute on social media, Dominic Monaghan, Bernard Hill’s co-star from “Lord of the Rings,” expressed his condolences, likening Hill’s passing to a journey to the unknown.

Hill, recognized for his roles in “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings,” passed away at 79, as confirmed by his agent Lou Coulson to the BBC.

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Survived by his fiancée Alison and son Gabriel, Hill’s extensive career included notable performances such as Captain Edward Smith in “Titanic” and King Théoden of Rohan in “The Lord of the Rings.”

His versatility shone in projects like the BBC drama “Boys from the Blackstuff” and “The Responder.” Lindsay Salt, director of BBC Drama, praised Hill’s enduring talent and expressed condolences to his family.

The movie "Titanic", written and directed by James Cameron. Seen here, Bernard Hill as Captain Edward James Smith

Hill’s contributions were honored with numerous awards, including a Screen Actors Guild Award for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

Despite his scheduled appearance at Liverpool Comic Con, Hill withdrew due to his partner’s illness, hinting at his eventual passing. Barbara Dickson, who collaborated with Hill in the musical “John, Paul, George, Ringo … and Bert,” remembered him warmly as a remarkable actor. Hill’s legacy will continue to resonate in the hearts of his colleagues and fans.

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