Herbert Lom

Czech-born film and television actor (1917-2012)

Herbert Lom (Herbert Karel Angelo Kuchačevič ze Schluderpacheru, September 11, 1917 – September 27, 2012) was a Czech-English movie, stage, and television actor who was based London, England in the United Kingdom since 1939 until his retirement in 2009.

Herbert Lom
Herbert Karel Angelo Kuchačevič ze Schluderpacheru

(1917-09-11)September 11, 1917
DiedSeptember 27, 2012(2012-09-27) (aged 95)
Cause of deathNatural causes
Years active1937 – 2009
Known forCharles Dreyfuss in the Pink Panther Movie Series
Dina Shea
(m. 1948⁠–⁠1971)
2 other marriages

In a career lasting more than 60 years he appeared in character roles, usually playing villains early in his career and professional men in later years. He is best known for his role as (former) Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther movie series. Lom retired in 2009.

Lom was born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic) on September 11, 1917 to Karl ze Schluderpacheru and to Olga (née Gottlieb).[1][2] He was raised in London, England. Lom was married three times. He was married to Dina Shea from 1948 until they divorced in 1971. Lom had three children. Lom was friends with actor Peter Sellers.

Lom died on September 27, 2012 in his sleep in his London, England home from natural causes, aged 95.[3] Lom died just 16 days later from his 95th birthday.


  1. "Flixster.com". Flixster.com. Archived from the original on 30 November 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  2. FilmReference Biography
  3. "Herbert Lom, Pink Panther star, dies aged 95". BBC News. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.

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