Celebrity deaths in 2012 - In Memoriam

Slideshow posted in Photos | Friday, January 20, 2012

20 of 186: Herbert Lom, who portrayed the deranged Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus in 'Pink Panther' star, has died at age 95. The Czech-born actor died peacefully in his sleep at his home in London on Thursday, September 27, his son Alec told the Associated Press. Lom is best known for portraying Charles Dreyfus, the boss to Peter Sellar's Clouseau in the 'Pink Panther' franchise, which ran from 'A Shot in the Dark' in 1964 to the 1993 film, 'Son of the Pink Panther.' Lom appeared in more than 100 films, including 'Spartacus,' 'El Cid,' 'The Dead Zone' and 'The Ladykillers.' His first major role was in the 1942 film, 'The Young Mr. Pitt.' He also portrayed the title character in 'The Phantom of the Opera' in 1962 and Van Helsing in the 1970 film, 'Count Dracula.' (Pictured: Herbert Lom appears in a still from the 1983 film, 'The Curse of the Pink Panther.') (MGM)