Unfortunately, Hollywood lost a lot of stars in 2020. Some of those beloved celebrities included Neil Peart, Rocky Johnson, Jean Kennedy Smith and Ian Holm, who is known for playing Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Holm died “peacefully in hospital, with his wife Sophie, family and his carer, Emmanuel” from a “Parkinson’s related” illness on Friday, June 19, his rep confirmed to Closer Weekly. “He was a genius of stage and screen, winning multiple awards and loved by directors, audiences and his colleagues alike. His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”
In January 2020, Ian was wheelchair-bound when he went to the London premiere of Tolkien. Fans increasingly became worried about his health once he skipped the virtual reunion of Lord of the Rings in early June.
“I am sorry to not see you in person,” he said at the time. “I miss you all and hope your adventures have taken you to many places, I am in lockdown in my hobbit home, or holm.”
Weeks before his passing, Hollywood lost another legend — Jerry Stiller. He passed away on May 11 and spent his final days with his family. “My sister and I were able to be with him. And, just due to the fact that he didn’t have a coronavirus-related illness, and he had been ailing for a while, we were able to be with him, which I’m very, very grateful for,” his son, Ben Stiller, told The New Yorker on May 19.
During his final hours, Jerry kept his keen sense of humor. “He was just funny,” Ben said. “And so he was always himself. He was almost 93, and I think his body was kind of at that point where it was time.” If one thing is for sure, it’s that Hollywood won’t be the same without him.
Before 2020 came to an end, fans had to say goodbye to another lovable star with the passing of longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who died on November 8.
Scroll through our gallery below to see all the stars we lost in 2020!