Thursday, September 27, 2012

In Memorium: Herbert Lom

Czech-born actor Herbert Lom passed away today at the age of ninety-five at his home in London. In a career lasting more than sixty years he largely appeared in character roles, usually portraying villains early in his career and professional men in later years. He was best known for his comedic role as "Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus" in the celebrated Pink Panther film series, but he was also a featured player in War and Peace, The Ladykillers, Spartacus, El Cid, The Dead Zone, and appeared as “Captain Nemo” in Mysterious Island. He received top billing in Hammer Films' 1962 remake of The Phantom of the Opera. Lom also appeared in two different screen versions of the Agatha Christie novel "And Then There Were None" (1975 and 1989). He also wrote two historical novels, one on the playwright Christopher Marlowe (Enter a Spy; 1971) and another on the French Revolution (Dr. Guillotin; 1992). The Catacombs extends its condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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