"Herbert Lom, 95, who played the twitching, exasperated Parisian police inspector driven to the edge of madness and beyond by Peter Sellers’ Jacques Clouseau in the ‘Pink Panther’ movie franchise, has died," Bloomberg reports.
The story continues, "He died today in his sleep, the Associated Press reported, citing his son, Alec. The Czech-born Lom lived in London, where he moved from Prague on the eve of World War II."
Lom was also a familiar face on many TV shows, ranging from "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." to the original "Hawaii Five-0."
Alec Lom told the AP, "It was a delight to [my father] later in his career to be cast by ‘Pink Panther’ producer and director Blake Edwards in a comedy role opposite Peter Sellers, and he hugely enjoyed that move. He had many funny stories about the antics that he and Peter Sellers got up to on the set. It was a nightmare working with Peter because he was a terrible giggler and, between my father and Peter’s laughter, they ruined dozens and dozens of takes.’ "
The AP story adds that Herbert Lom’s "first major movie role was as Napoleon in 1942’s ‘The Young Mr. Pitt.’ The career that followed saw him cast often as a villain. In ‘The Ladykillers,’ one of the best-loved British films of the 1950s, Lom played a member of a ruthless crime gang fatally outsmarted by a mild-mannered old lady.
"Horror roles included the title character in Hammer Studios’ ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in 1962, and Van Helsing in 1970’s ‘Count Dracula,’ opposite Christopher Lee."
Herbert Lom driven to twitching by Inspector Clouseau