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      Bernard Hill

      Bernard Hill

      Highest Rated: 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

      Lowest Rated: 15% Gothika (2003)

      Birthday: Dec 17, 1944

      Birthplace: Manchester, England, UK

      Having developed a reputation as a steady onscreen presence in his native England, actor Bernard Hill made a smooth and successful transition to Hollywood movies that culminated in a career-defining performance as Theoden, King of Rohan, in the second and third installments of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Prior to that, Hill earned a deal of celebrity with his noted performance in the acclaimed miniseries, "I, Claudius" (PBS, 1977), before he played the most popular character on the hit British series "Boys from the Blackstuff" (BBC2, 1980-82). Following a small, but career-boosting turn in the Oscar-winning "Gandhi" (1982), Hill amassed a number of films to his credit, including "The Bounty" (1984) and "Drowning by Numbers" (1988). He delivered a quality starring performance in the small drama, "Madagascar Skin" (1995), before appearing in major studio pictures like "The Ghost and the Darkness" (1996) and "Titanic" (1997). But it was his role in "The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003) that helped the actor gain a strong foothold in the United States. With subsequent roles in big Hollywood movies like "The Scorpion King" (2002) and "Valkyrie" (2008), Hill was well-established as a prominent supporting player capable of turning in quality performances that helped anchor numerous hit movies.

      Highest rated movies

      The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Titanic
      Drowning by Numbers
      The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse
      The Wind in the Willows
      The Bounty
      Shirley Valentine

      Photos

      DROWNING BY NUMBERS, Bernard Hill, 1988, © Prestige THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, John Noble, Viggo Mortensen, 2003, (c) New Line THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, Peter Jackson, Bernard Hill, 2003, (c) New Line DROWNING BY NUMBERS, Bernard Hill (with beard front right), 1988, © Prestige/courtesy Everett Colleection DROWNING BY NUMBERS, (aka CONSPIRACION DE MUJERES), Juliet Stevenson (beret), Joan Plowright (in blue), Bernard Hill (striped jacket), 1988, © Prestige DROWNING BY NUMBERS, (aka CONSPIRACION DE MUJERES), from left: Joan Ploweright, Juliet Stevenson, Joely Richardson, Bernard Hill, 1988, ©Prestige DROWNING BY NUMBERS, (aka CONSPIRACION DE MUJERES), Bernard Hill (in hammock), Joan Plowright (at table), front from left: Joely Richardson, Juliet Stevenson, 1988, © Prestige SHIRLEY VALENTINE, Pauline Collins, Bernard Hill, 1989, (c) Paramount DROWNING BY NUMBERS, (aka CONSPIRACION DE MUJERES), Bernard Hill (front left), rear from left: Juliet Stevenson, Joan Plowright, Joely Richardson, 1988, © Prestige DROWNING BY NUMBERS, (aka CONSPIRACION DE MUJERES), Bernard Hill (center), Joan Plowright (right), 1988, © Prestige GOTHIKA, Robert Downey Jr., Halle Berry, Bernard Hill, 2003, (c) Warner Brothers THE BOUNTY, Bernard Hill, Anthony Hopkins, 1984, (c) Orion DROWNING BY NUMBERS, Bernard Hill, Joan Plowright (center), Juliet Stevenson, Joely Richardson (front), 1988, © Prestige THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, Bernard Hill, 2003, (c) New Line THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS, Michael Douglas, Bernard Hill, 1996, (c)Paramount DROWNING BY NUMBERS, Joely Richardson, Juliet Stevenson, Joan Plowright, Bernard Hill, 1988, © Prestige FRANKLYN, Bernard Hill, 2009. ©Contender SCORPION KING, Bernard Hill, Grant Heslov, Sherri Howard, 2002 (c) Universal THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, Miranda Otto, Bernard Hill, 2003, (c) New Line THE KID, from left: William Finn Miller, Bernard Hill, 2010. ©Revolver Entertainment

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 97% Forever Young Oscar Smith (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 97% Titanic: 25th Anniversary Captain Edward John Smith (Character) - 2023
      29% 28% Golden Years Arthur (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Interlude City Richard (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sorrows Unknown (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Outpost 11 Cranleigh (Character) - 2012
      89% 72% ParaNorman The Judge (Voice) - 2012
      50% 63% The Kid Uncle David (Character) - 2010
      57% 43% Franklyn The Individual/Peter Esser (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 97% Wild China Unknown (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Exodus Pharoah Mann (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crumblegiant Narrator - 2007
      No Score Yet 58% The Heart of the Earth Mr. Crown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 49% Joy Division Dennis (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Go: The Free Derry Story Narrator - 2006
      83% 55% The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse King William III (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Very Social Secretary David Blunkett (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 36% Save Angel Hope Oscar Kurz (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 25% Midsummer Dream Theseus (Voice) - 2005
      61% 57% Wimbledon Edward Colt (Character) $16.8M 2004
      No Score Yet 100% The Grid Unknown (Character) - 2004
      48% 61% The Boys From County Clare John Joe (Character) $139.3K 2003
      94% 86% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King King Theoden of Rohan (Character) $377.8M 2003
      15% 45% Gothika Phil Parsons (Character) $59.6M 2003
      95% 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Théoden (Character) $342.6M 2002
      41% 38% The Scorpion King Philos (Character) $90.3M 2002
      64% 57% Eisenstein Stalin (Character) - 2001
      67% 40% A Question of Faith Frederick (Character) $15.0K 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blessed Art Thou Frederick (Character) - 2000
      33% 44% The Criminal Det. Insp. Walker (Character) - 2000
      67% 60% William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Egeus (Character) - 1999
      56% 49% True Crime Warden Luther Plunkitt (Character) $16.6M 1999
      No Score Yet 72% Great Expectations Abel Magwitch (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 26% The Mill on the Floss Edward Tulliver (Character) - 1997
      88% 69% Titanic Captain Edward John Smith (Character) $658.8M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shepherd on the Rock Tam Ferrier (Character) - 1996
      50% 75% The Ghost and the Darkness Dr. David Hawthorne (Character) $38.6M 1996
      75% 61% The Wind in the Willows Kierowca (Character) $72.8K 1996
      No Score Yet 74% Madagascar Skin Flint (Character) $10.0K 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Skallagrigg John (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 40% Double X: The Name of the Game Ignatious "Iggy" Smith (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Law Lord Martin Allport (Character) - 1992
      65% 77% Mountains of the Moon Dr. David Livingstone (Character) $1.4M 1990
      72% 86% Shirley Valentine Joe Bradshaw (Character) $4.7M 1989
      88% 88% Drowning by Numbers Madgett (Character) $22.1K 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All the Way Unknown (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 100% Bellman and True Hiller (Character) $19.1K 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New World Unknown (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boy Soldier Officer (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 83% No Surrender Bernard (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Burston Rebellion Tom Higdon (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Children's Rebellion Tom (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 75% The Chain Nick (Character) - 1984
      74% 72% The Bounty William Cole (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Squaring the Circle Lech Walesa (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dirty Knight's Work Freddie (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 68% Hard Labour Bernard Blincoe (Character) - 1973

      TV

      Credit
      91% 81% Unforgotten Father Robert Greaves (Character) 2015 2017-2018
      98% 85% Wolf Hall Duke of Norfolk (Character) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet From There to Here Samuel (Character) 2014
      78% 0% Five Days Gerard Hopkirk (Character) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild China Narrator 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Horizon Narrator 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Between the Lines Unknown (Guest Star) 1993