"Pink Panther" Star Herbert Lom Dies at 95

Actor played Charles Dreyfus and worked on over 100 films throughout his career.

By Rebecca Macatee
|  Thursday, Sep 27, 2012  |  Updated 11:36 AM CDT
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Czech-born actor Herbert Lom (1917 - 2012) as Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the film 'Trail of the Pink Panther', 1982.

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Sad news in Tinseltown.

Actor Herbert Lom, best known for playing Clarles Dreyfus, the exasperated police commissioner and boss of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau in the "Pink Panther" films, died Thursday at age 95, per the BBC. His family said he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

Throughout his career, the Czech-born thespian appeared in more than 100 films, portraying Napoleon in 1942's "A Young Mr. Pitt" and again in 1956's "War and Peace." He also notably starred in "The Seventh Veil" with James Mason in 1945, and alongside Alec Guinness and a pre-Clouseau Sellers in the 1955 comedy "The Ladykillers."

His most recent role was that of a professor in the 2004 TV movie "Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage."

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