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Herbert Lom

Highest Rated:   100% The Ladykillers (1955)
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Birthplace:   Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic)
Born Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich ze Schluderpacheru, Herbert Lom enjoyed a successful acting career in his native Czechoslovakia, principally in theater. He made his screen debut in Zena Pod Krizem (1937) and made one more movie in Czechoslovakia before emigrating to England in 1938. He acted at The Old Vic in London, among other companies, before turning to British films, where his good looks, cultured accent and mannerisms, and intense eyes got him cast in such unusual roles as Napoleon Bonaparte (in The Young Mr. Pitt) in between slightly more anonymous parts. Lom's real breakthrough role was in Compton Bennett's 1946 psychological drama The Seventh Veil, as Dr. Larsen, the psychiatrist treating neuroses of the pianist portrayed by Ann Todd. Lom might have become a kind of Eastern (or Middle) European successor to Charles Boyer, but he was too good an actor to limit himself to romantic parts; instead, he was more like a Czech Jean Gabin. Lom often played highly motivated villains in the 1950s and '60s, most notably in Jules Dassin's Night and the City (1950), in which he brought surprising humanity to the role of a brutal, vengeful gangster, and Sidney Gilliat's State Secret (1950). He reprised the role of Napoleon in King Vidor's sprawling 1956 production of War and Peace, and was a memorably humane, well-spoken Captain Nemo in the Ray Harryhausen production of Mysterious Island (1961); he also played the title role in a 1962 production of The Phantom of the Opera, but Lom's best movie during this period -- despite having some of his shortest screen time -- was Anthony Mann's El Cid, in which he played the Muslim leader Ben Yussuf. He counter-balanced this work with a newly revealed flair for comedy, utilized in the Pink Panther movies, starting with A Shot in the Dark, where his long-suffering bureau chief Dreyfus was forever dreading Inspector Clouseau's latest blunder. He was also Simon Legree in the 1965 German musical production of Uncle Tom's Cabin (as Onkel Tom's Hütte). During the late '60s and '70s, he began appearing in horror films of various types, following a path similar to that blazed by his British-born contemporary Michael Gough. He has kept his hand in gentler and more complex roles, however, including that of the sardonically humorous Soviet bureau chief in Ronald Neame's Hopscotch (1980), and a sympathetic physician in David Cronenberg's The Dead Zone (1983). In 2012, Lom passed away in his sleep at the age of 95.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Die Nibelungen, Teil 2 - Kriemhilds Rache
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Las Increíbles Aventuras de Marco Polo en su Viaje
  • Actor
2000
6% Son of the Pink Panther
  • Dreyfus
1993
33% The Pope Must Die(t)
  • Corelli
1991
No Score Yet La Setta (The Devil's Daughter) (Demons 4) (The Sect)
  • Gran Vecchio
1991
No Score Yet The Masque of the Red Death
  • Ludwig
1991
No Score Yet Ten Little Indians
  • Gen. Brancko Romensky
1989
No Score Yet River of Death
  • Colonel Ricardo Diaz
1989
No Score Yet Going Bananas
  • Mackintosh
1988
No Score Yet Master of Dragonard Hill
  • Gastone Le Farge
1988
No Score Yet Whoops Apocalypse
  • General Mosquera
1988
No Score Yet Skeleton Coast
  • Elia
1988
No Score Yet Memed My Hawk
  • Ali Safa
1987
No Score Yet Scoop
  • Baldwin
1987
9% King Solomon's Mines
  • Bockner
1985
90% The Dead Zone
  • Weizak
1983
29% Curse of the Pink Panther
  • Chief Inspector Charles LaRousse Dreyfus
1983
25% Trail of the Pink Panther
  • Chief Insp. Dreyfus
1982
No Score Yet Peter and Paul
  • Barnabas
1981
No Score Yet The Man with Bogart's Face
  • Mr. Zebra
1980
75% Hopscotch
  • Yaskov
1980
20% The Lady Vanishes
  • Dr. Hartz
1979
82% The Revenge of the Pink Panther
  • Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus
1978
83% The Pink Panther Strikes Again
  • Former Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus
1976
89% The Return of the Pink Panther
  • Dreyfus
1975
No Score Yet Ein unbekannter rechnet ab (Ten Little Indians)(And Then There Were None)
  • Dr. Edward Armstrong
1974
60% And Now the Screaming Starts
  • Henry Fengriffen
1973
No Score Yet Dark Places
  • Prescott
1973
60% Asylum
  • Byron
1972
No Score Yet Asylum (House of Crazies)
  • Actor
1972
20% Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Marot
1971
No Score Yet Dorian Gray (Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray) (The Secret of Dorian Gray)
  • Henry Wotton
1970
No Score Yet Count Dracula
  • Prof. Van Helsing
1970
No Score Yet Mister Jerico
  • Rosso
1970
No Score Yet Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Cuadecuc, Vampir
  • Actor
1970
33% Mark of the Devil
  • Cumberland
1969
No Score Yet 99 Women (Der Heiße Tod)
  • Governor
1969
No Score Yet Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (Doppelganger)
  • Dr. Hassler
1969
No Score Yet Assignment to Kill
  • Matt Wilson
1968
No Score Yet Villa Rides
  • Gen. Huerta
1968
No Score Yet The Karate Killers
  • Randolph
1967
No Score Yet Die Nibelungen, Teil 1: Siegfried (Whom the Gods Wish to Destroy)
  • Koenig Etzel
1966
No Score Yet Gambit
  • Ahmad Shahbandar
1965
No Score Yet Return From The Ashes
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Actor
1965
93% A Shot in the Dark
  • Charles Dreyfus
1964
No Score Yet Horse Without a Head
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Der Schatz im Silbersee (Treasure of Silver Lake)
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet The Frightened City
  • Waldo Zhernikov
1962
No Score Yet The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Phantom
1962
No Score Yet Tiara Tahiti
  • Chong Sing
1962
92% El Cid
  • Ben Yussef
1961
83% Mysterious Island
  • Capt. Nemo
1961
96% Spartacus
  • Tigranes
1960
No Score Yet North West Frontier
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Hard Drivers
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Third Man on the Mountain
  • Emil Saxo
1959
No Score Yet The Big Fisherman
  • Herod Antipas
1959
No Score Yet No Trees in the Street
  • Wilkie
1959
No Score Yet Northwest Frontier
  • Van Leyden
1959
No Score Yet The Roots of Heaven
  • Orsini
1958
No Score Yet Chase a Crooked Shadow
  • Police Commissar Vargas
1958
No Score Yet Room 43
  • Nick
1958
No Score Yet Action of the Tiger
  • Trifon, Albania Bandit
1957
No Score Yet Fire Down Below
  • Harbour Master
1957
No Score Yet Hell Drivers
  • Gino
1957
33% War and Peace
  • Napoleon
1956
100% The Ladykillers
  • Louis Harvey
1955
No Score Yet Twist of Fate
  • Emil Landosh
1954
No Score Yet The Love Lottery
  • André Amico
1954
No Score Yet The Man Who Watched Trains Go By
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Shoot First
  • Peter Sandorski
1953
No Score Yet Rough Shoot
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Paris Express
  • Julius de Koster Jr.
1953
No Score Yet The Brass Monkey
  • Peter Hobart
1951
No Score Yet Hell Is Sold Out
  • Dominic Danges
1951
No Score Yet Lucky Mascot
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet Golden Salamander
  • Ranki
1950
No Score Yet The Black Rose
  • Anthemus
1950
79% Night and the City
  • Kristo
1950
No Score Yet Snowbound
  • Keramikos
1948
No Score Yet Seventh Veil
  • Actor
1947
No Score Yet Dual Alibi
  • Jules de Lisle Georges de Lisle
1947
No Score Yet Hotel Reserve
  • Monsieur Andre Roux
1946
No Score Yet The Seventh Veil
  • Dr. Larson
1945
No Score Yet Appointment with Crime
  • Gregory Lang
1945
No Score Yet The Dark Tower
  • Torg
1943
No Score Yet Secret Mission
  • Medical Officer
1942
No Score Yet After Mein Kampf?
  • Actor
1940

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • Actor

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