Herbert Lom (Czech pronunciation: [ɦɛrbɛrd lom]; born 11 September 1917) is an internationally known Czech film actor, best-known for his role as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther movie series.
Born as Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich von Schluderbacheru in Prague to upper-class parents. Lom’s film debut was in the Czech film Žena pod křížem. His early film appearances were mainly supporting roles, with the occasional top billing.
He moved to England in January 1939. Although there were Jewish antecedents on his mother’s side, his parents survived the War and he later brought them to England. Lom made many appearances in British films throughout the 1940s, usually in villainous roles, although he later appeared in comedies as well. He managed to escape being typecast as a European heavy by securing a diverse range of castings, including as Napoleon Bonaparte in The Young Mr. Pitt (1942, and again in the 1956 version of War and Peace… read more