Herbert Charles Angelo Kucha?evi? ze Schluderpacheru
11 September 1917 Died 27 September 2012 (aged 95) London
, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor Years active 1937–2002
Children 3 Herbert Lom ( Czech pronunciation: ; 11 September 1917 - 27 September 2012) was a [rb?rt lom] Czech-born British 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, often portraying criminals or villains early in his career and professional men in later years.
Lom was noted for his precise, elegant enunciation of English.
He is best known for his roles in  , The Ladykillers film series, The Pink Panther and the television series War and Peace .
The Human Jungle
Life and career
Lom was born Herbert Charles Angelo Kucha?evi? ze Schluderpacheru in
Prague to Karl Kucha?evi? ze Schluderpacheru, and Olga Gottlieb, who was of Jewish ancestry. Lom claimed that his family had been ennobled and that the family title dated from 1601.   
His film debut was in the
Czech film ?ena pod k?í?em ("A Woman Under Cross", 1937) followed by the Bo?í mlýny ("Mills of God", 1938). His early film appearances were mainly supporting roles, with the occasional top billing. At this time he also changed his surname to Lom ("breakage" or "quarry" in Czech), because it was the shortest he found in a local telephone directory.
Due to German hostilities and the possibility of an invasion of Czechoslovakia, Lom moved to Britain in January 1939. He made numerous appearances in British films throughout the 1940s, usually in villainous roles, although he later appeared in comedies as well. He managed to escape being typecast as a European heavy by securing a diverse range of casting, including as
Napoleon Bonaparte in (1942), and again in the The Young Mr Pitt King Vidor version of (1956). He secured a seven-picture War and Peace Hollywood contract after World War II, but was unable to obtain an American visa for "political reasons". In a rare starring role, Lom played twin trapeze artists in  (1946).
Lom starred as the King of Siam in the original
London production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, Opening at the The King and I. Drury Lane Theatre on 8October 1953, it ran for 926 performances. Lom can be heard on the cast recording.
A few years later, he appeared opposite
Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers in (1955), and with The Ladykillers Robert Mitchum, Jack Lemmon and Rita Hayworth in (1957). He went on to more film success during the 1960s with a wide range of parts, starting with Fire Down Below (1960). Subsequent films in this period included Spartacus (1961), El Cid (also 1961), playing Captain Nemo, and Mysterious Island Hammer Films' remake of (1962). Again in the leading role, the phantom's mask in this version was full-face. "It was wonderful to play such a part, but I was disappointed with the picture", Lom later said. "This version of the famous The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux story dragged. The Phantom wasn't given enough to do, but at least I wasn't the villain, for a change. Michael Gough was the villain."
During this period, Lom starred in his only regular TV series, the British drama
(1963-64), playing a The Human Jungle Harley Street psychiatrist for two seasons. Another low-budget horror film starring Lom was the witch-hunting film ( Mark of the Devil Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält, 1970), which depicted unusually graphic torture scenes. Cinemas reportedly handed out sick bags to patrons at screenings of the film. He appeared in other horror films made in both the US and UK, including  , Asylum , And Now the Screaming Starts! , and Murders in the Rue Morgue .
The Dead Zone
Lom was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Chief Inspector
Charles Dreyfus, Inspector Clouseau's long-suffering superior in several of Blake Edwards' films, beginning with the second movie in the series, Pink Panther (1964). He also appeared in two screen versions of the A Shot in the Dark Agatha Christie novel . In the 1975 version, he played Dr. Armstrong, and later appeared in the 1989 version as General Romensky.
And Then There Were None
Lom wrote two historical novels, one on the playwright
Christopher Marlowe ( Enter a Spy: The Double Life of Christopher Marlowe, 1978) and the other on the French Revolution ( Dr Guillotine: 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.
Lom married Dina Schea in 1948, having two children together before they divorced in 1971. He had a child from a relationship with Brigitta Appleby. He later married Eve Lacik, divorcing in 1990.
Lom died in his sleep on 27 September 2012 at the age of 95.
?ena pod k?í?em (1937) as Gustav, Hodan's son
Bo?í mlýny (1938) as Chasník
(1942) as The Young Mr Pitt Napoleon
(1942) as Medical Officer Secret Mission
(1943) as Kurtz Tomorrow We Live
(1943) as Stephen Torg The Dark Tower
(1944) as Andre Roux Hotel Reserve
(1945) as Dr. Larsen The Seventh Veil
(1946) as Keitel Night Boat to Dublin
(1946) as Gregory Lang Appointment with Crime
(1947) as Jules de Lisle / Georges de Lisle Dual Alibi
(1948) as Keramikos Snowbound
(1948) as Max Vine Good-Time Girl
(1948) as Peter Hobart The Brass Monkey
(1948) as Fritz Kottler Hendlmann Portrait from Life
(1949) as Guest (uncredited) The Lost People
(1950) as Rankl Golden Salamander
(1950) as Kristo Night and the City
(1950) as Karl Theodor State Secret
(1950) as Anthemus The Black Rose
(1950) as Rahman Cage of Gold
(1951) as Dominic Danges Hell Is Sold Out
(1951) as Ford Two on the Tiles
(1952) as Mados Mr. Denning Drives North
(1952) as Roger Ford Whispering Smith Hits London
(1952) as Maurice Meister The Ringer
(1952) as Julius de Koster, Jr. The Man Who Watched Trains Go By
(1953) as Dr. Alex Leon The Net
(1953) as Sandorski Rough Shoot
(1954) as André Amico The Love Lottery
(1954) as Vicomte de Narbonne Star of India
(1954) as Emile Landosh Beautiful Stranger
(1955) as Louis The Ladykillers
(1956) as War and Peace Napoleon
(1957) as Harbour Master Fire Down Below
(1957) as Gino Rossi Hell Drivers
(1957) as Trifon Action of the Tiger
(1958) as Police Commissar Vargas Chase a Crooked Shadow
(1958) as I Accuse! Major du Paty de Clam
(1958) as Juan Menda Intent to Kill
(1958) as Orsini The Roots of Heaven
(1958) as Nick Biaggi Passport to Shame
(1959) as Wilkie No Trees in the Street
(1959) as The Big Fisherman Herod Antipas
(1959) (aka Flame Over India) as Peter van Leyden North West Frontier
(1959) as Emil Saxo Third Man on the Mountain
(1960) as Anton Reger I Aim at the Stars
(1960) as Tigranes Levantus (pirate envoy) Spartacus
(1961) as Castel Benac Mr. Topaze
(1961) as Mysterious Island Captain Nemo
(1961) as Waldo Zhernikov The Frightened City
(1961) as El Cid Ben Yusuf
(1962) as The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom
(1962) as Chong Sing Tiara Tahiti
(1962) as Colonel Brinkley Treasure of the Silver Lake
(1963, TV film) as Schiapa The Horse Without a Head
(1963-1964, TV series, 26 episodes) as Dr. Roger Corder The Human Jungle
(1964) as A Shot in the Dark Police Commissioner Charles Dreyfus
(1965) as Uncle Tom's Cabin Simon Legree
(1965) as Dr. Charles Bovard Return from the Ashes
(1966) as Mr. Casimir Our Man in Marrakesh
(1966) as Ahmad Shahbandar Gambit
(1967) as Randolph The Karate Killers
(1967) as King Etzel ( Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge Attila)
(1968) as Villa Rides General Huerta
(1968) as Diego Eve
(1968) as Matt Wilson Assignment to Kill
(1969) as Governor Santos 99 Women
(1969) as Dr Kurt Hassler Doppelgänger
(1970) as Lord Cumberland Mark of the Devil
(1970, TV film) as Rosso Mister Jerico
(1970) as Count Dracula Van Helsing
(1970) as Dorian Gray Henry Wotton
(1971) as René Marot Murders in the Rue Morgue
("Highest Castle, Deepest Grave", 1971, TV) as Mondrago Hawaii Five-O
(1972) as Dr. Byron (segment: "Mannikins of Horror") Asylum
(1972) as Prescott Dark Places
(1973) as Sir Henry Fengriffin And Now the Screaming Starts!
(1974) as And Then There Were None Dr. Edward Armstrong
(1975) as The Return of the Pink Panther Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus
(1976) as The Pink Panther Strikes Again Former Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus
(1977) as Inspector Watkins Charleston
(1978) as Revenge of the Pink Panther Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus
(1979) as Dr. Hartz The Lady Vanishes
(1980) as Mr. Zebra The Man with Bogart's Face
(1980) as Yaskov Hopscotch
(1981) as Peter and Paul Barnabas
(1982) as Trail of the Pink Panther Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus
(1983) as Curse of the Pink Panther Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus
(1983) as Dr. Sam Weizak The Dead Zone
(1984, TV miniseries) as Monsieur Chardin Lace
(1984) as Ali Safa Bey Memed, My Hawk
(1985) as Colonel Bockner King Solomon's Mines
(TV film, 1987) as Mr. Baldwin Scoop
(1987) as Le Farge Master of Dragonard Hill
(1987) as Captain Mackintosh Going Bananas
(1988) as Elia Skeleton Coast
(1988) as General Mosquera Whoops Apocalypse
(1989) as Colonel Ricardo Diaz River of Death
(1989) as General Romensky Ten Little Indians
(1991) as Moebius Kelly The Devil's Daughter
(US: The Pope Must Die The Pope Must Diet!, 1991) as Vittorio Corelli
(1993) as Son of the Pink Panther Police Commissioner Charles Dreyfus , episode "Murder at the Vicarage" (2002), as Augustin Dufosse Agatha Christie's Marple
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