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Lom, Herbert


LOM, HERBERT (1917– ), actor. Born in Prague, Lom was trained in London and made his first British picture in 1940, Mein KampfMy Crimes. He became known for his earthy characterizations and made his first West End appearance in 1951 in The Seventh Veil. His most notable success was as the king in The King and I (1953). Lom had a long career as a Hollywood supporting actor, in such films as War and Peace (1956), Spartacus (1960), El Cid (1961), The Lady Vanishes (1979), Ten Little Indians (1989), and The Pope Must Die (1991). Probably his most famous role was as the long-suffering Superintendent Dreyfus in the Pink Panther films. He also starred in successful television series.

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