Pink Panther star Herbert Lom dies aged 95

Czech-born actor appeared in over 100 films including The Ladykillers, El Cid and Spartacus

The actor Herbert Lom, famous for his appearances in the Pink Panther films, has died at the age of 95. His family said that the Czech-born screen star passed away peacefully in his sleep.


Born in 1917, Lom appeared in over 100 films during an acting career that spanned almost 70 years, including The Ladykillers, El Cid and Spartacus.

Though possibly his most famous on-screen role was as Peter Sellers’ irritable boss Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther movies.

He made his first appearance as the police chief in 1964’s A Shot in the Dark and continued to appear in Pink Panther films even following Sellers’ death, his last appearance as Dreyfus coming in 1993’s Son of the Pink Panther.

Lom’s final on-screen role came in 2004, when he played the character Professor Dufosse in the TV movie Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage.


Watch a selection of Lom’s Pink Panther performances below: