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Herbert Lom Has Died
The Pink Panther actor was 95

27 September 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: BBC News

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Herbert Lom

Herbert Lom, best known as put-upon police chief Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther franchise, has died. The Czech-born actor was 95. 

The domiciled Londoner cut his teeth playing villains, with turns in classics like Jules Dassin's Night And The City and as The Ladykillers' homicidal European, Louis Harvey, alongside Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers. He then shifted gears with turns in historical epics Spartacus (1960) and El Cid (1961).

Lom, who joined the European diaspora when the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939, was cast twice as a different kind of European dictator. He played Napoleon in 1942's The Young Mr. Pitt and again in the 1956 adaptation of War And Peace.

The best-known and most beloved role of his 60-year acting career, though, came later in a franchise that reunited him with Sellers to often hilarious effect. Tormented chief Dreyfus debuted in 1964's A Shot In The Dark, with Lom's depiction of a frustrated man gradually bidding au revoir to his marbles a regular highlight of the Pink Panther films.

Lom died peacefully in his sleep in London.

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Rest in Peace
His performances in the Pink Panther movies were pure comic genius, easily matching Sellers', which says a lot. More

Posted by Irons at 12:36 on 28 September 2012 | Report This Post

There was a great-great deal more to him than a twitch, but if the magnificent opening sequence of The Pink Pather Strikes Again (Sellers visits an apparently recouperated Lom at the asylum, only to send his boss into a berserk relapse) leaves you cold, then you have absolutely no humour at-all................................. More

Posted by Frank Comiskey at 17:15 on 27 September 2012 | Report This Post

The last surviving cast member of The Ladykillers? Brilliant, brilliant film, and a great performance from Lom in it. RIP. More

Posted by Schnorbitz at 14:13 on 27 September 2012 | Report This Post

Nothing but fond memories of Herbert from the Pink Panther movies. I watched them as a kid and loved them. Thankyou Herb. You will be missed. Bless you. More

Posted by coomi77 at 13:48 on 27 September 2012 | Report This Post

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