Sunday, September 30, 2012

Herbert Lom 1917-2012

   Actor Herbert Lom passed away at the age of 95 on Sept. 27. Although best known to most people as  Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the Pink Panther movies,he had a long and varied career in films almost exclusively as a second lead or character actor.  His portrayals of Captain Nemo in 1961's Mysterious Island and title role in Hammer's 1962 Phantom of the Opera are both vivid childhood memories for me. He is also wonderful in 1955's The Ladykillers and one of my favorites Hell Drivers from 1957 with Stanley Baker. 
    He was born Herbert Karel Angelo Kuchačevič ze Schluderpacheru in Prague and fled to England in 1939 to escape the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia.  He will be missed.



  1. Lady Killers is one of my all time favorites.

  2. He's great in that (and a wonderful movie). Most people just think of The Pink Panther when they hear his name, but he was superb in so many others.