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Character Actor Herbert Lom (one of my favorites) dies at 95…


Anyone who has ever seen any of “The Pink Panther” films or “Spartacus” or “The Lady Killers” has seen the wonderful work of Herbert Lom. The Czech-born character actor died Thursday at his home in London at the age of 95. Lom is perhaps best known for his appearances in Blake Edwards’ “Pink Panther” series as the perennially agitated boss of Peter Sellers’ bumbling Inspector Clouseau. But he moved between dramaand comedy with ease.

Lom appeared in more than 100 films, playing a wide variety of roles that covered horror, historical dramas and comedies. He appeared with Sellers in 1955’s “The Ladykillers” ahead of their work together on the “Pink Panther” films. He also did Television character parts in shows like Hawaii Five-0, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Detectives, among others.

Lom also wrote two novels, “Enter a Spy:  The Double Life of Christopher Marlowe” and “Dr. Guillotin: The Eccentric Exploits of an Early Scientist.”


Blake Edwards dies at Age 88…

The great film director, writer, creator of the Pink Panther and husband of Julie Andrews died with his wife and children at his side.

From Yahoo:

Edwards, 88, died from complications of pneumonia Wednesday evening at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., after being hospitalized for about two weeks. He had knee problems, had undergone unsuccessful procedures and was “pretty much confined to a wheelchair for the last year-and-a-half or two,” said publicist Gene Schwam, who knew him for 40 years.

At the time of his death, Edwards was working on two Broadway musicals, one based on the “Pink Panther” movies. The other, “Big Rosemary,” was to be an original comedy set during Prohibition, Schwam said.

The list of films he created, wrote and/or directed was an amazing collection of contemporary classics, including:
* My Sister Eileen (1955)
* Operation Petticoat (1959)
* Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
* Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
* The Pink Panther (1963)
* A Shot in the Dark (1964)
* The Great Race (1965)
* Darling Lili (1969)
* The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
* The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
* Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
* 10 (1979)
* S.O.B. (1981)
* Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
* Victor Victoria (1982)
* Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
* A Fine Mess (1986)
* Son of the Pink Panther (1993)
… and many, many more.