Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus with Beret
Herbert Lom (full name Herbert Karel Angelo Kuchačevič ze Schluderpacheru, 1917 – 2012) was a Czech-born film and television actor who moved to the United Kingdom in 1939. In a career lasting more than 60 years he appeared in character roles, usually portraying villains early in his career and professional men in later years.Lom's English was noted for a precise, elegant delivery. Lom was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus, Inspector Clouseau's long-suffering superior in several of Blake Edwards's Pink Panther films.
Lom wrote two historical novels, one on the playwright Christopher Marlowe (Enter a Spy: The Double Life of Christopher Marlowe, 1971) and another on the French Revolution (Dr. Guillotin: The Eccentric Exploits of an Early Scientist, 1992). The film rights to the latter have been purchased but to date no film has been produced.
He died in his sleep on 27 September 2012 at the age of 95.