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Herbert Lom


Born - 11 September 1917, Prague, Czech Republic (then Bohemia)
Died - 27 September 2012

Slim, dark-haired, not-too-tall Czech actor with caressingly velvet voice who, after a couple of films in his native country in the late 1930s, fled to Britain ahead of the Nazi invasion and quickly established himself there as an all-round, dominant, slightly sinister continental menace. In post-war times, he found a better variety of roles - he played Napoleon twice, had a successful TV series, The Human Jungle, and discovered a sly talent for comedy, which began as one of The Ladykillers (1955), but really blossomed with his fondly-remembered portrait of the apoplectic Insp Dreyfus in the 'Pink Panther' films. After a UK debut in Mein Kampf - My Crimes (1940), Lom (born Herbert Schluderpacheru) was rarely, if ever, out of work: Secret Mission (1942), The Dark Tower (1943), Hotel Reserve (1944), The Seventh Veil (1945), Night Boat to Dublin (1945), Appointment with Crime (1946), Dual Alibi (1947), Snowbound (1947), Good Time Girl (1948), Golden Salamander (1949), Night and the City (1950), State Secret (1950), The Ringer (1952), Star of India (1953), War and Peace (1956), Hell Drivers (1957), Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958), No Trees in the Street (1959), Spartacus (1960), El Cid (1961), The Phantom of the Opera (1962), A Shot in the Dark (1964), Gambit (1966), Villa Rides! (1968), Count Dracula (1970), Asylum (1972), Return of the Pink Panther (1974) and many more. His last film was Son of the Pink Panther (1993), his occasional TV appearances culminating in Murder at the Vicarage in 2011. He died in his sleep.