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London, September 28: Herbert Lom, the veteran actor who gained fame for his role Inspector Clouseau's crazed superior in the 'Pink Panther' films, passed away on Thursday morning. He was 95.

According to his family, the London-based star died peacefully in his sleep, the Daily Express reported.

Lom appeared in more than 100 films, including classics like 'Spartacus', 'El Cid' and 'The Ladykillers', in a career which spanned half a century.

The Czech-born actor, whose real name was Herbert Karel Angelo Kuchacevic ze Schluderpacheru, moved to Britain before the Second World War and worked as a newscaster with BBC's overseas service until his acting career took off.

His first major screen role was as Napoleon in the 1942 film 'The Young Mr Pitt'.

Lom's other film credits included the title role in 'The Phantom Of The Opera' in 1962 and as Van Helsing in the 1970 horror movie 'Count Dracula'. (ANI)

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