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‘Pink Panther’s Herbert Lom Passes Away

Submitted by on September 27, 2012 – 11:47 am Comments

Anyone who is a fan of the Pink Panther films, or to be more precise the original Pink Panther films starring Peter Sellers, surely knows who Herbert Lom is. Although, it is really unfair that this great actor is known more for essaying the role of Inspector Clouseau’s boss than, for any of the other great roles that he essayed throughout his career.

This great actor is unfortunately no more. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, as was reported by his son. He was 95. Lom had a career spanning nearly six decades, in which he played a wide range of roles, never restricting himself to one particular genre. His roles ranged from Napoleon Bonaparte — whom he played twice — to the Phantom of the Opera. In fact, he was suited for everything from comedy to horror, and also everything in-between.

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 The London-based star appeared in more than 100 films, including Spartacus and El Cid, and acted alongside film greats including Charlton Heston and Kirk Douglas. Therefore as mentioned earlier, one might deem it unfortunate that this great actor with such body of work should mainly be known for playing one particular part. But, if Lom’s son is to be believed, Lom loved acting in the Pink Panther series and therefore played Charles Dreyfus, boss to Peter Sellers’ befuddled Clouseau in the popular Pink Panther series, from A Shot in the Dark in 1964 to Son of the Pink Panther in 1993. “It was a delight to him later in his career to be cast by Pink Panther producer and director Blake Edwards in a comedy role opposite Peter Sellers, and he hugely enjoyed that move,” Herbet Lom’s son Alec Lom revealed.

“He had many funny stories about the antics that he and Peter Sellers got up to on the set. It was a nightmare working with Peter because he was a terrible giggler and, between my father and Peter’s laughter, they ruined dozens and dozens of takes” Alec added. This basically reveals the fact that, Herbert Lom had a fun side to him, despite being such a veteran actor. He probably also loved the recognition he received thanks to this role. It has to be mentioned that, in the 1950s, Lom also had success on the London stage playing the King of Siam in the original London production of the The King And I at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, opposite Valerie Hobson.

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