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Also Known As: Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich Ze Schluderpacheru Died: September 27, 2012
Born: September 11, 1917 Cause of Death: Undetermined
Birth Place: Praha, hlavní mesto, CZ Profession: actor

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An imposing character actor in American and European features since the 1940s, Herbert Lom played imperious, often villainous continental and ethnic types in "Night and the City" (1950), "The Ladykillers" (1955) and "Spartacus" (1960) before displaying an unexpected gift for physical comedy in the "Pink Panther" films. Lom's trademark was a rich, plummy voice with only a hint of his Czech origins, which allowed him to play everything from a Muslim chieftain in "El Cid" (1961) to Captain Nemo in "The Mysterious Island" (1961) to Napoleon on two separate occasions. His turn as the apoplectic Chief Inspector Dreyfus, whose frustration with Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau literally drove him insane, gave him international fame, though Lom could be found more frequently in international productions than in Hollywood projects. His career wound down in the early 1990s, but the lasting appeal of the "Panther" franchise made him a favorite among film fans until his death in 2012. Herbert Lom's rich and varied career underscored his status as one of the most versatile character players of the late 20th century.

An imposing character actor in American and European features since the 1940s, Herbert Lom played imperious, often villainous continental and ethnic types in "Night and the City" (1950), "The Ladykillers" (1955) and "Spartacus" (1960) before displaying an unexpected gift for physical comedy in the "Pink Panther" films. Lom's trademark was a rich, plummy voice with only a hint of his Czech origins, which allowed him to play everything from a Muslim chieftain in "El Cid" (1961) to Captain Nemo in "The Mysterious Island" (1961) to Napoleon on two separate occasions. His turn as the apoplectic Chief Inspector Dreyfus, whose frustration with Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau literally drove him insane, gave him international fame, though Lom could be found more frequently in international productions than in Hollywood projects. His career wound down in the early 1990s, but the lasting appeal of the "Panther" franchise made him a favorite among film fans until his death in 2012. Herbert Lom's rich and varied career underscored his status as one of the most versatile character players of the late 20th century.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Marco Polo (2000)
2.
 Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther (1993) Inspector Dreyfus
3.
 Pope Must Diet, The (1991) Corelli
4.
 Sect, The (1991) Gran Vecchio
6.
 River Of Death (1990) Colonel Ricardo Diaz
7.
 Ten Little Indians (1989) General Romensky
8.
 Crystal Eye, The (1989)
9.
 Skeleton Coast (1988) Elia--Angolan Contact
10.
 Memed My Hawk (1987) Ali Safa Bey
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1937:
Feature acting debut, the Czech drama "Zena pod krízem"
1939:
Moved to England
1942:
English language debut, portraying Napoleon in "The Young Mr. Pitt"
1945:
Cast as a psychiatrist in "The Seventh Veil"
1950:
Played a gangster in Jules Dassin¿s noir masterpiece "Night and the City"
1951:
Made West End stage debut in "The Seventh Veil"
1955:
Made comedic turn in opposite Peter Sellers and Alec Guiness in "The Ladykillers"
1955:
Originated the role of the king in original London cast of the musical "The King and I"
1956:
Once again portrayed Napoleon in "War and Peace" opposite Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda
1963:
Made series acting debut on British psychiatric drama "The Human Jungle"
1964:
Cast as the fed-up boss Chief Inspector Dreyfus opposite Peter Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau in "A Shot in the Dark"
1970:
Played Van Helsing opposite Christopher Lee's "Count Dracula"
1971:
Wrote the historical novel <i>Enter a Spy: The Double Life of Christopher Marlowe</i>
1975:
Reprised Dreyfus role in "The Return of the Pink Panther" and subsequent films until Seller's death in 1980
1982:
First film as Dreyfus without Sellers, "Trail of the Pink Panther"
1983:
Played the neurologist to a telekinetic Christopher Walken in "The Dead Zone," directed by David Cronenberg and adapted from Stephen King's novel
1985:
Appeared in critically panned remake of "King Solomon's Mines"
1991:
Landed minor role in comedy "The Pope Must Diet"
1992:
Published the French Revolution novel <i>Dr. Guillotin: The Eccentric Exploits of an Early Scientist</i>
1993:
Returned as Dreyfus opposite Roberto Benigni in "Son of the Pink Panther"
2004:
Final onscreen acting appearance, "Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage" (ITV)
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Education

University of Prague: -
Sadlers Wells Theatre School: -
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: -

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