Pink Panther and The Ladykillers actor Herbert Lom has died aged 95.
Czech-born UK film, TV and stage actor Herbert Lom died yesterday [Sept 27] aged 95.
Lom, who moved to the UK in 1939, was most famous for his roles as Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther franchise and Mr. Harvey in The Ladykillers.
Across his 60-year career, Lom played in a number of major US pictures including Fire Down Below, El Cid, Spartacus and Mysterious Island. He was known as a versatile actor, who was able to avoid being typecast merely as ‘the villain’, proving himself to be both a strong character actor and a respected leading man.
He was Napoleon Bonaparte twice, once in The Young Mr. Pitt (1942) and again in the 1956 version of War and Peace, and he also enjoyed notable stage success, including a starring role in the original London production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, The King and I, which ran for 926 performances.
Lom was married and divorced three times. He is survived by sons Alec and Nick and daughter Josephine.