Thursday, September 27, 2012

Herbert Lom, 1917 - 2012


Herbert Lom 

He was brilliant as Chief Inspector Dreyfus in Blake Edwards' Pink Panther series (watch him read a tribute to Inspector Clouseau, where people take his desperately smothered titters for barely repressed tears), and an imposing Captain Nemo in Cy Endfield's low budget but still impressive Mysterious Island, but I'll really remember him best as the soft-spoken yet frightening Kristos in Jules Dassin's masterpiece noir Night and the City. How frightening? He terrified the shit out of Richard Widmark.

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