Ian Holm's robotic head in Alien

Ian Holm (1931 - )

Film Deaths

  • Frankenstein (1968) [Dr. Frankenstein/Frankenstein's Monster]: As Dr. Frankenstein, he is presumably killed by his creation (also played by Ian). (I haven't seen this movie myself, so I don't know for certain whether either Frankenstein or the monster, or both, die in this version.)
  • Hamlet (1990) [Polonius]: Stabbed to death through a curtain by Mel Gibson, who had mistaken him for Alan Bates.
  • Kafka (1991) [Dr. Murnau]: Crushed by the gears of a pulley after one of his escaped human research subjects impales him onto the pulley chain.
  • Frankenstein (1994) [Baron Frankenstein]: Killed (method unclear) by Robert De Niro.
  • Existenz (1999) [Kiri Vinokur]: Machine-gunned across the torso by Jennifer Jason Leigh outdoors at night. (This later turns out to be part of a virtual-reality game, and not an actual death.)
  • The Day After Tomorrow (2004) [Terry Rapson]: Frozen to death (off-screen) due to the massive climactic changes; we last see him when he tells Dennis Quaid that it's too late for Dennis (or anyone else) to save him. (Thanks to Mathew)
  • Lord of War (2005) [Simeon Weisz]: Shot in the head by Nicolas Cage, when Nicolas is forced to shoot him by Eamonn Walker, by holding his arm making him pull the trigger (he later appears as a ghost to Cage, presumably a drug induced hallucination). (Thanks to Gary)

TV Deaths

  • The Lost Boys (1978 TV series) [J. M. Barrie]: Died of pneumonia.
  • Holocaust (1978 miniseries) [Heinrich Himmler]: Commits suicide by cyanide poisoning.
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1979 TV) [Himmelstoss]: Presumably shot to death by French troops on the battlefield. (I haven't seen this version, but I have seen John Wray's death in the 1930 version.)
  • Inside the Third Reich (1982 TV) [Dr. Joseph Goebbels]: Shot to death (along with Elke Sommer) by a German soldier, on Ian's own orders. (I haven't seen this, but its timeframe does cover the postwar period after Goebbels' death.) (Thanks to PortsGuy)
  • King Lear (1998 TV) [Lear]: Dies of old age, compounded by heartbreak over the death of his daughter (Victoria Hamilton). (I haven't seen this version, but I'm familiar with the story.)


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