Herbert Lom

An imposing character actor in American and European features since the 1940s, Herbert Lom played imperious, often villainous continental and ethnic types in "Night and the City" (1950), "The Ladykillers" (1955) and ... Read more »
Born: 09/11/1917 in Praha, hlavní mesto, CZ


Actor (69)

Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Marco Polo 2000 (Movie)


Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther 1993 (Movie)

Inspector Dreyfus (Actor)

Scoop 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Pope Must Diet 1991 (Movie)

Corelli (Actor)

The Sect 1991 (Movie)

Gran Vecchio (Actor)

The Masque of the Red Death 1990 (Movie)


River of Death 1989 (Movie)

Colonel Ricardo Diaz (Actor)

Ten Little Indians 1989 (Movie)

General Romensky (Actor)

Going Bananas 1988 (Movie)

Mackintosh (Actor)

Skeleton Coast 1988 (Movie)

Elia--Angolan Contact (Actor)

The Crystal Eye 1988 (Movie)


Whoops Apocalypse 1988 (Movie)

General Mosquera (Actor)

Memed My Hawk 1987 (Movie)

Ali Safa Bey (Actor)

King Solomon's Mines 1985 (Movie)

Colonel Bockner (Actor)

Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 (Movie)

Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Actor)

The Dead Zone 1983 (Movie)

Dr Sam Weizak (Actor)

Trail of the Pink Panther 1982 (Movie)

Dreyfus (Actor)

Hopscotch 1980 (Movie)

Mikhail Yaskov (Actor)

The Man With Bogart's Face 1979 (Movie)

Mr Zebra (Actor)

Revenge of the Pink Panther 1978 (Movie)

Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Actor)

The Lady Vanishes 1978 (Movie)

Dr Hartz (Actor)

Charleston 1977 (Movie)

Inspector Watkins (Actor)

And Then There Were None 1975 (Movie)

Dr Armstrong (Actor)

The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1975 (Movie)

Dreyfus (Actor)

The Return of the Pink Panther 1975 (Movie)

Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Actor)

And Now the Screaming Starts 1972 (Movie)

Henry Fengriffen (Actor)

Dark Places 1972 (Movie)

Prescott (Actor)

Asylum 1971 (Movie)

Byron (Actor)

Murders in the Rue Morgue 1971 (Movie)

Marot (Actor)

Brenn, Hexe, brenn 1969 (Movie)


Count Dracula 1969 (Movie)


Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray 1969 (Movie)


Assignment to Kill 1968 (Movie)

Matt Wilson (Actor)

Doppelganger 1968 (Movie)


Villa Rides 1968 (Movie)

General Huerta (Actor)

99 Women 1967 (Movie)

Governor (Actor)

Gambit 1967 (Movie)

Shahbandar (Actor)

Our Man in Marrakesh 1966 (Movie)

Narim Casimir (Actor)

The Karate Killers 1966 (Movie)

Randolph (Actor)

Return From the Ashes 1965 (Movie)

Dr Charles Bovard (Actor)

Whom the Gods Wish to Destroy 1965 (Movie)

Attila (Actor)

A Shot in the Dark 1964 (Movie)

Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Actor)

Schatz im Silbersee 1962 (Movie)


The Phantom of the Opera 1962 (Movie)

The Pantom (Actor)

Tiara Tahiti 1962 (Movie)

Chong Sing (Actor)

I Like Money 1961 (Movie)

Castel Benac (Actor)

I Aim at the Stars 1960 (Movie)

Anton Berger (Actor)

Mysterious Island 1960 (Movie)

Captain Nemo (Actor)

Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

Tigranes (Actor)

The Frightened City 1960 (Movie)

Waldo Zhernikov (Actor)

North West Frontier 1959 (Movie)

Van Leyden (Actor)

Third Man on the Mountain 1959 (Movie)

Emil Saxo (Actor)

Chase a Crooked Shadow 1958 (Movie)

Vargas (Actor)

I Accuse 1958 (Movie)

Major Du Paty De Clam (Actor)

No Trees in the Street 1958 (Movie)


The Big Fisherman 1958 (Movie)

Herod-Antipas (Actor)

The Roots of Heaven 1958 (Movie)

Orsini (Actor)

Fire Down Below 1957 (Movie)

Harbor Master (Actor)

Hell Drivers 1957 (Movie)

Gino (Actor)

Intent to Kill 1957 (Movie)

Juan Menda (Actor)

The Ladykillers 1955 (Movie)

Louis Harvey (Actor)

The Beautiful Stranger 1954 (Movie)

Emil Landosh (Actor)

State Secret 1949 (Movie)

Theodor (Actor)

The Seventh Veil 1945 (Movie)

Dr Larsen (Actor)

Secret Mission 1941 (Movie)


Lace (TV Show)


Mister Jerico (TV Show)


Peter and Paul (TV Show)



An imposing character actor in American and European features since the 1940s, Herbert Lom played imperious, often villainous continental and ethnic types in "Night and the City" (1950), "The Ladykillers" (1955) and "Spartacus" (1960) before displaying an unexpected gift for physical comedy in the "Pink Panther" films. Lom's trademark was a rich, plummy voice with only a hint of his Czech origins, which allowed him to play everything from a Muslim chieftain in "El Cid" (1961) to Captain Nemo in "The Mysterious Island" (1961) to Napoleon on two separate occasions. His turn as the apoplectic Chief Inspector Dreyfus, whose frustration with Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau literally drove him insane, gave him international fame, though Lom could be found more frequently in international productions than in Hollywood projects. His career wound down in the early 1990s, but the lasting appeal of the "Panther" franchise made him a favorite among film fans until his death in 2012. Herbert Lom's rich and varied career underscored his status as one of the most versatile character players of the late 20th century.








Dina Scheu

Married Jan. 10, 1948 Divorced 1971


Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Sadlers Wells Theatre School

University of Prague

organized Students' theater



Final onscreen acting appearance, "Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage" (ITV)


Returned as Dreyfus opposite Roberto Benigni in "Son of the Pink Panther"


Published the French Revolution novel <i>Dr. Guillotin: The Eccentric Exploits of an Early Scientist</i>


Landed minor role in comedy "The Pope Must Diet"


Appeared in critically panned remake of "King Solomon's Mines"


Played the neurologist to a telekinetic Christopher Walken in "The Dead Zone," directed by David Cronenberg and adapted from Stephen King's novel


First film as Dreyfus without Sellers, "Trail of the Pink Panther"


Reprised Dreyfus role in "The Return of the Pink Panther" and subsequent films until Seller's death in 1980


Wrote the historical novel <i>Enter a Spy: The Double Life of Christopher Marlowe</i>


Played Van Helsing opposite Christopher Lee's "Count Dracula"


Cast as the fed-up boss Chief Inspector Dreyfus opposite Peter Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau in "A Shot in the Dark"


Made series acting debut on British psychiatric drama "The Human Jungle"


Once again portrayed Napoleon in "War and Peace" opposite Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda


Made comedic turn in opposite Peter Sellers and Alec Guiness in "The Ladykillers"


Originated the role of the king in original London cast of the musical "The King and I"


Made West End stage debut in "The Seventh Veil"


Played a gangster in Jules Dassin's noir masterpiece "Night and the City"


Cast as a psychiatrist in "The Seventh Veil"


English language debut, portraying Napoleon in "The Young Mr. Pitt"


Moved to England


Feature acting debut, the Czech drama "Zena pod krízem"