Herbert Lom, 95, the durable Czech-born actor best known as Inspector Clouseau's long-suffering boss in the comic "Pink Panther" movies, died Thursday.
His son Alec Lom said that he died peacefully in his sleep at home in London.
Mr. Lom's handsomely lugubrious look and rich, resonant voice were suited to comedy, horror, and everything in between. It served him well over a six-decade career in which roles ranged from Napoleon Bonaparte - whom he played twice - to the Phantom of the Opera.
The London-based star appeared in more than 100 films, including Spartacus and El Cid, acted alongside film greats including Charlton Heston and Kirk Douglas, and worked for directors from Stanley Kubrick to David Cronenberg.