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Pink Panther star Herbert Lom passes away at 95

  • Actor Herbert Lom, best known as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther comedies, has died at the age of 95, according to British media reports.

    His agent did not immediately able to confirm reports that Lom died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday.

    Lom was born Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich ze Schluderpacheru in Prague, Czech Republic in 1917.

    He appeared in several local films before emigrating to Britain prior to the start of World War Two.

    The London-based actor went on to act in over 100 films, developing a speciality in portraying villains.

    He played Napoleon Bonaparte twice, including in War and Peace in 1956 and the King of Siam in the first London stage production of the musical The King and I in 1953.

    Two years later, he worked with Peter Sellers in the dark comedy The Ladykillers. The pair collaborated again in the 1960s and 1970s on the Pink Panther series.