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R.I.P. Herbert Lom, 95


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Yes, this is sad news...

 

Obit below from BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19743817):

 

h1. Obituary: Herbert Lom

_63147685_lomforobit_pa.jpgHerbert Lom appeared in most of the Pink Panther movies

 

 

Herbert Lom was a familiar face on the big screen for more than 60 years, playing a variety of exotic characters, most notably Chief Inspector Dreyfus, long-suffering boss of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films.

 

 

He was born Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich ze Schluderpacheru, in Prague in 1917, of aristocratic parents.

 

 

He grew up in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and was educated at the city's university.

 

 

Lom began acting on stage and screen in what had by now become Czechoslovakia. He left his homeland for England at the start of World War II where he undertook additional training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

 

 

His English language debut came in the 1940 feature, film Mein Kampf - My Crimes, with barely a hint of a Czech accent.

 

 

He was offered a seven-year contract with Twentieth Century Fox and began securing leading roles including Napoleon Bonaparte in The Young Mr Pitt (1942) and the same character again in War and Peace in 1956.

 

 

In a rare starring role he played twin trapeze artists in Dual Alibi (1946).

 

 

By the 1950s Lom was considered a British counterpart to the screen idol Charles Boyer, whom he resembled.

 

 

He did not get the same number of starring roles as Boyer, though he developed a growing reputation as a character actor.

 

 

He played opposite Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers in Ealing comedy The Ladykillers (1955), and opposite Robert Mitchum, Jack Lemmon and Rita Hayworth in Fire Down Below (1957).

 

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Later he became a familiar face on British TV in the 1960s when he starred as Dr Roger Corder in the series The Human Jungle.

 

 

More notable cinema roles came as Captain Nemo in Mysterious Island in 1961, a pirate in Spartacus (1960) and Ben Yusuf in El Cid (1961).

 

 

In 1962 he was the Phantom in the Hammer Films production of The Phantom of the Opera.

 

_63151599_lom5_ladykillersgetty.jpgLom (second from left) first appeared with Peter Sellers (left) in The Ladykillers

 

Lom's exotic features and manic eyes made him ideally suited for horror movies and saw him play doctors, vampire hunters, witchfinders, murderers and all manner of obsessive characters.

 

 

One controversial film - Mark of the Devil, in which he starred - was acclaimed both as a work of genius and denounced for its inclusion of a litany of medieval torture techniques.

 

 

Sick bags were given out to members of the audience during the film's opening run.

 

 

When asked about his various roles in low-budget movies, he said he felt it was better to be miscast than not be cast at all.

 

 

It was Lom's depiction of various madmen that persuaded director Blake Edwards to give him his most famous role, as Inspector Clouseau's boss Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the Pink Panther movies.

 

 

Although he was not in the 1963 original, he appeared in all the subsequent Pink Panther movies up to Son of the Pink Panther in 1993.

 

 

Lom's manic depiction of the man frustrated and literally driven mad by Clouseau's incompetence, resulting in the familiar nervous twitch, became one of the highlights of the Panther movies.

 

 

"It was a godsend when I was offered the part", he once said. "But it did become a double-edged sword as people started to associate me with Dreyfus and I lost a number of dramatic parts as a result of it."

 

 

In 1983 Lom worked with director David Cronenberg in The Dead Zone opposite Christopher Walken in one of the more successful adaptations of a Stephen King novel.

 

 

Lom was married to Dina Schea in 1948 and divorced in 1971. In the meantime he had a long relationship with the celebrated potter, Brigitte Appleby, with whom he had a daughter, Josephine.

 

 

As well as acting, Lom wrote two novels Enter A Spy (1971) and Dr Guillotine (1993).

 

 

The actor once grumbled at directors who asked him to give it his best. "It's my job to give my best," he said. "I can't give anything else."

 

 

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Just yesterday TCM aired one of his earliest films THE DARK TOWER. Once again I was reminded that the young Lom very much resembled Charles Boyer and ironically, or perhaps naturally, both men had played Napoleon.

 

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I love his Inspector Dreyfus charactor role in the Pink Panther movies. He finally wound up in a straight jacket. :^0

 

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His charactor is so ingrained in my memory, its the reason I have a hard time accepting him as Napoleon but some in mental institutions do claim they are 'Napoleon".

 

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I'm going to miss him. RIP.

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> {quote:title=hamradio wrote:}{quote}I love his Inspector Dreyfus charactor role in the Pink Panther movies. He finally wound up in a straight jacket. :^0

...and in *The Pink Panther Strikes Again* , he escapes from the asylum and plots to kill Clouseau. Lom gets to do a spoof on his Hammer version of *The Phantom of the Opera* in this one...he even sits playing an organ in his hideout.

 

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In this older Bug Bunny cartoon *Napoleon Bunny-Part* , Napoleon coincidentally looks a lot like Lom in his role.

 

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That's CHIEF Inspector Dreyfus. ---- Mr Lom could play a very nasty villain as in *Night In The City* or in one of the Man From UNCLE 2 part episodes (The Five Daughters Affair) and yet be a very funny fellow as Dreyfus in the Pink Panther films. As others have said, his work as Dreyfus often outshines Sellers' role as Clouseau. And his "Phantom Of The Opera" compares well with the other versions. Herbert Lom was definitely a talented actor . RIP Chief Inspector

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