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Bernard Hill, the esteemed British actor whose compelling performances graced some of the most iconic films of recent decades, including `Titanic` and `The Lord of the Rings` trilogy, has died at the age of 79.

Actor and singer Barbara Dickson confirmed the news on X by sharing a black and white picture of herself with the late actor and wrote, “It`s with great sadness that I note the death of Bernard Hill. We worked together in John Paul George Ringo and Bert, Willy Russell marvellous show 1974-1975. A really marvellous actor. It was a privilege to have crossed paths with him. RIP Benny x #bernardhill”.

Born in Manchester, England, Hill rose to prominence with his portrayal of Yosser Hughes in the acclaimed BBC TV drama `Boys from the Blackstuff.`

His depiction of Hughes, a proud yet desperate man grappling with unemployment in `Liverpool` during the early 1980s, earned him widespread recognition for his exceptional acting skills. However, it was Hill`s roles in two monumental blockbusters that solidified his status as a household name.

In James Cameron`s `Titanic` (1997), he portrayed Captain Edward Smith, the stoic yet tragic commander of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. His performance added depth to the historical figure, capturing both the nobility and the tragic oversight of the captain.

Similarly, in Peter Jackson`s `The Lord of the Rings` trilogy, Hill portrayed King Theoden of Rohan. His portrayal of the manipulated monarch`s transformation into a courageous leader resonated with audiences, particularly in memorable battle scenes like the Battle of Helm`s Deep.

Throughout his career, Hill displayed versatility across various genres and platforms, showcasing his dedication to the craft of acting.

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