Herbert Lom Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary [now Czech Republic]
Died in London, England, UK
Birth NameHerbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich ze Schluderpacheru
Height 5' 7¾" (1.72 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Herbert Lom was born Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich Schluderpacheru on September 11, 1917. He made his film debut in the Czech film Woman Below the Cross (1937) and played supporting and, occasionally, lead roles. His career picked up in the 1940s and he played, among other roles, Napoleon Bonaparte in The Young Mr. Pitt (1942) (and, again, in War and Peace (1956)). In a rare starring role, Lom played twin trapeze artists in Dual Alibi (1947). He continued into the 1950s with roles opposite Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers in The Ladykillers (1955) and Robert Mitchum, Jack Lemmon and Rita Hayworth in Fire Down Below (1957). His career really took off in the 1960s and he got the title role in Hammer Films' production of The Phantom of the Opera (1962). He also played "Captain Nemo" in Mysterious Island (1961) and landed supporting parts in El Cid (1961) and an especially showy role in Spartacus (1960) as a pirate chieftain contracted to transport Spartacus' army away from Italy. The 1960s was also the decade in which Lom secured the role for which he will always be remembered: Clouseau/Peter Sellers' long-suffering boss, Commissioner Charles Dreyfus, in the "Pink Panther" films, in which he pulled off the not-inconsiderable feat of stealing almost every scene he and Sellers were in--a real accomplishment, considering what a veteran scene-stealer Sellers was. However, Lom did not concentrate solely on a film career. He had become a familiar face to British television viewers when he starred as Dr. Roger Corder in the series The Human Jungle (1963). He moved into horror films in the 1970s, with parts in Asylum (1972) and And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973). He played Prof. Abraham Van Helsing opposite Christopher Lee in Count Dracula (1970), matching wits against the sinister vampire himself.

Lom appeared as one of the ten victims in Ten Little Indians (1974), playing the drunken Dr. Edward Armstrong. His career continued into the 1980s, a standout role being that of Christopher Walken's sympathetic doctor in The Dead Zone (1983). He also played opposite Walter Matthau in Hopscotch (1980) and returned to the murder mystery Ten Little Indians (1989), this time playing The General. Lom has been taking it easy since then, though he returned to his familiar role of Commissioner Dreyfus in Son of the Pink Panther (1993). He was always a reliable and eminently watchable actor, and unfortunately did not receive the stardom he should have.

Herbert Lom died in his sleep at age 95 on September 27, 2012, in London, England.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com and Nick Johansen honassen@yahoo.com

Spouse (3)

Diana Scheu (10 January 1948 - 1971) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
? (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Eve Lack (? - 1990) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Rich authoritative voice
Intense staring eyes
Often played arrogant, menacing villains

Trivia (8)

He was the last surviving member of the cast of The Ladykillers (1955).
Had two sons with Diana Scheu: Alec and Nick.
Had a daughter with Brigitta Appleby.
Was on the possibles list for the role of Dr. Hans Fallada in the science fiction horror film Lifeforce (1985); Frank Finlay won the role.
He played Napoleon in both The Young Mr. Pitt (1942) and War and Peace (1956).
Both he and his Asylum (1972) and And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) co-star Peter Cushing played Professor Van Helsing in films starring Christopher Lee as Count Dracula: Cushing in Horror of Dracula (1958), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) and The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and Lom in Count Dracula (1970). Cushing also played the role in The Brides of Dracula (1960) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), in which Lee did not appear.
Lom became part of the retinue of director Jesús Franco, the uncle of noted Spanish writer Javier Marías, who placed them in his novel, "Thus Bad Begins," where Lom narrates a scandal involving a movie producer who employed Franco.
Lom was cremated. His ashes were sprinkled outside downtown London.

Personal Quotes (12)

Peter Sellers was always a mixed-up guy, a childish fellow. But if you're fond of children, you're also fond of childish men. He was always very helpful to me. After he was famous and when I was still in trouble with the US embassy, he wrote a letter in support of me which was magnificent. But it is true that he was very cruel to his children. He was so hurt by the way children treat you when you're their father. I have been hurt by my children. But he was not in possession of a proper brain when it came to these things.
Asylum (1972) was good exposure for me and it is still shown quite often on television. I remember the special effects people had fun making a little doll that looked like me - which is not so easy - and it had to move along the floor.
You know, I always do my best, no matter the quality of the film.
For one of my scenes, the Hammer people wanted me to smash my head against a stone pillar, because they said they couldn't afford one made of rubber. I refused to beat my head against stone, of course.
In English eyes, all foreigners are sinister.
[on Alexander Mackendrick] He had a charming habit of losing his temper very frequently, but exclusively with the bosses, never with his cast.
[on Alec Guinness] I remember Alec teaching me not to rehearse too much. Because I am a bit of a pedestrian, I like to rehearse until I know it all backwards. That was my school, but Alec taught me. He said, "If you know too much about it, it ceases to be fun."
America would not let me in. I was suspected of being a fellow traveller, a Communist sympathiser. Everybody had Communist leanings. But I was not a lover of Communist regimes. And I admired America greatly, yet for many years I was not allowed in.
I have spent my life learning other people's lines. Now I want to say some of my own. We are constantly told that our prime minister is a charlatan, a liar, a cheat, a poodle. Not once but 15 times a day. I have lived in Czechoslovakia, France and England and I have never known anything like it. You know, I am as scared of Clare Short as I am of Saddam Hussein. She can bring this government down, I think. As a woman I find her very attractive, but she is a pain in the arse. Tony Blair is a brilliant and brave prime minister. It must distress him that chopping off heads, which has become fashionable among those villains in the desert, is not considered as wicked as failing to find the so-called weapons of mass destruction.
I had a scene with Peter in my office. He said something like, 'Don't worry chief, I'll settle it,' and gave me an encouraging wink. So I started winking out of nervousness, and couldn't stop. It wasn't in the script but Blake Edwards loved it. But it became a problem. I made those films for 20 years, and after 10 years they ran out of good scripts. They used to say to me, 'Herbert, wink here, wink.' And I said, 'I'm not going to wink. You write a good scene and I won't have to wink.
It was a godsend when I was offered the part. But it did become a double-edged sword as people started to associate me with Dreyfus. I loved playing the part of a blabbering lunatic of a police inspector. I think people like to see the police in such trouble; they enjoy seeing the inspector reduced to an utter, twitching wreck.
I must say that "The Ladykillers" is one of the few films I'm not ashamed to be associated with. It's a perfect little movie. I was appearing on stage in "The King and I", in my second year, and was desperately looking for something to get away from playing the King eight times a week, so I accepted an offer from the producer Michael Balcon to do "The Ladykillers". I had my head shaved for "The King and I", which is why I wear a hat in "The Ladykillers". I wouldn't have liked to wear a wig. Anyway, I play the kind of character who could have easily had his head shaved from his last stint in prison.

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