Veteran film actor Herbert Lom dies at the age of 95

Veteran actor Herbert Lom has died at the age of 95, it has been reported.

The Czech-born actor, probably best known for his portrayal of Inspector Clouseau’s boss, Charles Dreyfus, in the Pink Panther films, also had numerous genre credits to his name. His striking features, penetrating stare, and foreign accent often saw him cast as the villain.

In 1962 he played the Phantom in the Hammer Films production of The Phantom of the Opera. He also starred in the controversial 1970 film Mark of the Devil. His other genre credits include: Mysterious Island (1961) (picture shown above); Doppelgänger (1969); Jess Franco’s Count Dracula (1970), in which he played van Helsing opposite Christopher Lee as Dracula; Dorian Grey (1970); Asylum (1971), one of Amicus’ portmanteau films; Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971); And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973); and the 1989 remake of Masque of the Red Death.

In 1983 Lom worked with director David Cronenberg in The Dead Zone opposite Christopher Walken, in an adaptation of the Stephen King novel.

Read the BBC’s obituary HERE and the Guardian obituary HERE