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Herbert Lom, R.I.P.
American Spectator ^ | 9.27.12 | AARON GOLDSTEIN

Posted on 09/27/2012 2:20:16 PM PDT by kingattax

Character actor Herbert Lom has passed away of natural causes at the age of 95.

The Czech born Lom fled to Britain to escape Nazi occupation. He soon started a film career and was generally cast as the villain. Lom appeared in films such as the original version of The Ladykillers, Spartacus and El Cid. In 1953, Lom also starred as the King of Siam in the London version of The King & I.

But Lom is best known for his portrayal of the beleaguered Inspector Dreyfus in half a dozen Pink Panther films over a period of thirty years. Most of these films were, of course, with his Ladykillers co-star Peter Sellers who shot to international stardom as Inspector Clouseau.

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1 posted on 09/27/2012 2:20:21 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax
This guy's style of delivery - expression & nuance - was priceless.

But I had no idea he was still alive...

2 posted on 09/27/2012 2:24:54 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: kingattax

95 is a heck of a run.

As a kid, I hated the Pink Panther movies (simply because I like the cartoons and wanted to see THAT). As an adult, though, I have a real appreciation for the absurd, slightly demented humor of them. Sellers was truly a gifted actor, and Lom was good in his part.


3 posted on 09/27/2012 2:25:44 PM PDT by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: DemforBush

Is he the guy who shot the tip of his nose off in one of the Pink Panthers?


4 posted on 09/27/2012 2:26:58 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Yep. I think the set up was he got a pistol-shaped cigarette lighter mixed up with his actual sidearm or some such thing.


5 posted on 09/27/2012 2:29:30 PM PDT by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: kingattax

6 posted on 09/27/2012 2:29:59 PM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: EEGator

And shot poor assistant Francios in the arm too. Great stuff. RIP Herbert Lom.


7 posted on 09/27/2012 2:31:35 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: DemforBush

That’s right. I haven’t seen those movies since I was little kid. I might have to see them again.


8 posted on 09/27/2012 2:32:51 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: DemforBush
I have a real appreciation for the absurd, slightly demented humor of them.

Blake Edwards at his best.

"Only one man would pull the wrong tooth..."

9 posted on 09/27/2012 2:42:32 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: kingattax; mickie; flaglady47
Herbert Lom was born Count Herbert Karel Angelo Kuchacevic ze Schluderpacheru in Prague. His father was a Count, the family title dating back to 1601.

He played in numerous movies in the 1940's, usually in the role of a villain. He was also a player in many horror films.

He authored two historical novels.

He died in his sleep today at the age of 95.

I loved him in all those splendidly sinister roles he played.

Rest in peace, sir.

10 posted on 09/27/2012 2:47:15 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Charles Martel

Wonderful actor, wonderful movies. I would wait every year for the new Pink Panther movie to come out. Then Peter Sellers died...

Herbert Lom is lots of fun in “The Ladykillers,” which also stars Peter Sellers.


11 posted on 09/27/2012 2:49:37 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: MinuteGal

According to various obits, he shed 40 letters to get his name down to Herbert Lom. He was also a wonderful comic actor.


12 posted on 09/27/2012 2:51:19 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: skeeter

Check out his performane in Night and the City, with Richard Widmark. They did a remake w/R.DeNiro,,but the original is better.


13 posted on 09/27/2012 3:10:42 PM PDT by LeavingNewYork (We are at war with Oceania; we have always been at war with Oceania.)
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To: kingattax

In the epic film ED CID, Lom (Bin Yusiff) never shows his face except in one scene in which he had a beard and heavy dark makeup.

He also was the Phantom in the 1962 version of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.


14 posted on 09/27/2012 3:55:10 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: kingattax

RIP, Mr. Lom. Thank you for all the laughs.


15 posted on 09/27/2012 3:59:44 PM PDT by hawaiianninja (Palm note to self: Work for a successful 2012! +Throw the liberal garbage out!)
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To: kingattax

Sad to hear of this.He was great in the PP movies.RIP sir.


16 posted on 09/27/2012 4:14:04 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: kingattax

My supervisor’s face twitches whenever I tell her something she doesn’t want to hear. I have to force myself to not smile each time it happens. RIP, Mr. Lom.


17 posted on 09/27/2012 4:19:20 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: kingattax

RIP Sir.


18 posted on 09/27/2012 4:31:57 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: DemforBush

“Look, Francois, I’ve got Africa all over my hand!”


19 posted on 09/27/2012 6:16:17 PM PDT by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the party of Amnesty, Abortion, and Adolescence)
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To: kingattax

Herbert Lom as Chief Inspector Dreyfus - Part 1/2- Scenes from Pink Panther Movies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEcsgbwBFRs


20 posted on 09/27/2012 6:48:25 PM PDT by massmike (The choice is clear in November: Romney or Caligula!)
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To: kingattax

Has anyone said “I thought he was dead” yet?


21 posted on 09/27/2012 6:50:54 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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