It’s hard to believe, but 15 years have passed since Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy landed in theaters. And the three-part fantasy not only sent fans Tolkien-mad between 2001 and 2003 and made stars of its ensemble cast, but it earned multiple Oscars and grossed almost $3 billion worldwide. But though some of its actors are sadly no longer with us – including Saruman’s Christopher Lee – the series’ remaining stars have gone on to do some incredible and interesting things…
20. John Noble (Denethor)
John Noble was first introduced in The Return of the King, and he left a moving impression as Denethor, Gondor’s besieged warden. Indeed, the part left its mark on the Australian thespian himself, too; as he admitted on the film’s official website, the role required “every skill an actor can have.” Since his days in Middle Earth, meanwhile, Noble has portrayed Walter Bishop in Fringe and Morland Holmes in Elementary.
19. David Wenham (Faramir)
He’s been working in show business since 1987, but David Wenham was still unfamiliar to film fans before the new millennium. However, his role as Faramir in The Two Towers changed all that, and he subsequently gained roles in the high-profile likes of 300 and Van Helsing. In 2017, moreover, he will even appear alongside LotR co-star Orlando Bloom in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film.