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Pink Panther's Inspector Dreyfus dies

Herbert Lom was 95.

Herbert Lom as Chief Inspector Dreyfus in The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Herbert Lom as Chief Inspector Dreyfus in The Pink Panther Strikes Again
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THE ACTOR HERBERT Lom has died. He was 95.

Best known for starring as Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the Pink Panther, Lom played the long suffering boss of Peter Sellers bungling Inspector Clouseau in the film series.

“It was a godsend when I was offered the part,” he said of the role. “But it did become a double-edged sword as people started to associate me with Dreyfus.”

He also appeared in The LadyKillers, Spartacus and as Napoleon Bonaparte in the 1956 on screen adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

Born Herbert Karel Angelo Kuchacevič ze Schluderpacheru in Prague in 1917, Lom escaped to Britain before the Nazi occupation of the then Czechoslovakia in 1939. He married three times and had three children.

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