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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 11 September 1917Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary [now Czech Republic]
Date of Death 27 September 2012London, England, UK
Birth NameHerbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich ze Schluderpacheru
Height 5' 9¼" (1.76 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Born September 11, 1917, Herbert Lom made his film debut in the Czech film Zena pod krízem (1937) and played supporting and, occasionally, lead roles. His career picked up in the 1940s and he played, among other roles, Napoleon Bonaparte in The Young Mr. Pitt (1942) (and, again, in War and Peace (1956)). In a rare starring role, Lom played twin trapeze artists in Dual Alibi (1948). He continued into the 1950s with roles opposite Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers in The Ladykillers (1955) and Robert Mitchum, Jack Lemmon and Rita Hayworth in Fire Down Below (1957). His career really took off in the 1960s and he got the title role in Hammer Films' production of The Phantom of the Opera (1962). He also played "Captain Nemo" in Mysterious Island (1961) and landed supporting parts in El Cid (1961) and an especially showy role in Spartacus (1960) as a pirate chieftain contracted to transport Spartacus' army away from Italy. The 1960s was also the decade in which Lom secured the role for which he will always be remembered: Peter Sellers' long-suffering boss, Commissioner Charles Dreyfus, in the "Pink Panther" films, in which he pulled off the not-inconsiderable feat of stealing almost every scene he and Sellers were in--a real accomplishment, considering what a veteran scene-stealer Sellers was. However, Lom did not concentrate solely on a film career. He had become a familiar face to British television viewers when he starred as Dr. Roger Corder in the series The Human Jungle (1963). He moved into horror films in the 1970s, with parts in Asylum (1972) and -- And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973). He played Prof. Abraham Van Helsing opposite Christopher Lee in Count Dracula (1970), matching wits against the sinister vampire himself.

Lom appeared as one of the ten victims in Ten Little Indians (1974), playing the drunken Dr. Edward Armstrong. His career continued into the 1980s, a standout role being that of Christopher Walken's sympathetic doctor in The Dead Zone (1983). He also played opposite Walter Matthau in Hopscotch (1980) and returned to the murder mystery Ten Little Indians (1989), this time playing The General. Lom has been taking it easy since then, though he returned to his familiar role of Commissioner Dreyfus in Son of the Pink Panther (1993). He has always been a reliable and eminently watchable actor, unfortunately not receiving the stardom he probably should have.

Herbert Lom died in his sleep at age 95 on September 27, 2012, in London, England.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Herbert Lom was born Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich Schluderpacheru on September 11, 1917. He has had an interesting film career, playing "Napoleon Bonaparte" in The Young Mr. Pitt (1942), "The Phantom" (Professor L. Petrie) in The Phantom of the Opera (1962), "Professor Abraham Van Helsing" in Count Dracula (1970) and even "Captain Nemo in Mysterious Island (1961). He will probably be best-remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Clouseau's long-suffering boss, "Commissioner Charles Dreyfus", in the "Pink Panther" films. He also played opposite Walter Matthau in Hopscotch (1980), and as Christopher Walken's sympathetic doctor in The Dead Zone (1983). Herbert Lom died in his sleep at age 95 on September 27, 2012 in London, England.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nick Johansen honassen@yahoo.com

Spouse (3)

Diana Scheu (10 January 1948 - 1971) (divorced) (2 children)
? (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
Eve Lack (? - 1990) (divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Rich authoritative voice
Intense staring eyes
Often played arrogant, menacing villains

Trivia (4)

He was the last surviving member of the cast of The Ladykillers (1955).
Had two sons with Diana Scheu: Alec and Nick.
Had a daughter with Brigitta Appleby.
Was on the possibles list for the role of Dr. Hans Fallada in the science fiction horror film Lifeforce (1985); Frank Finlay won the role.

Personal Quotes (7)

Peter Sellers was always a mixed-up guy, a childish fellow. But if you're fond of children, you're also fond of childish men. He was always very helpful to me. After he was famous and when I was still in trouble with the US embassy, he wrote a letter in support of me which was magnificent. But it is true that he was very cruel to his children. He was so hurt by the way children treat you when you're their father. I have been hurt by my children. But he was not in possession of a proper brain when it came to these things.
Asylum (1972) was good exposure for me and it is still shown quite often on television. I remember the special effects people had fun making a little doll that looked like me - which is not so easy - and it had to move along the floor.
You know, I always do my best, no matter the quality of the film.
For one of my scenes, the Hammer people wanted me to smash my head against a stone pillar, because they said they couldn't afford one made of rubber. I refused to beat my head against stone, of course.
In English eyes, all foreigners are sinister.
[on Alexander Mackendrick] He had a charming habit of losing his temper very frequently, but exclusively with the bosses, never with his cast.
[on Alec Guinness] I remember Alec teaching me not to rehearse too much. Because I am a bit of a pedestrian, I like to rehearse until I know it all backwards. That was my school, but Alec taught me. He said, "If you know too much about it, it ceases to be fun."

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