Michael Lonsdale

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Michael Lonsdale
Michael Lonsdale in 2013
Born(1931-05-24)24 May 1931
Died21 September 2020(2020-09-21) (aged 89)
Other namesMichel Lonsdale
Years active1956–2016

Michael Lonsdale (24 May 1931 – 21 September 2020), also billed sometimes as Michel Lonsdale, was a French actor. He has appeared in over 180 movies and television shows.

He was born in Paris and he was raised by a French mother and English father. He first appeared on stage as an actor at the age of 24.[1]

Lonsdale was probably best known in the English-speaking world for his portrayal of the villain Sir Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond movie, Moonraker, the French detective Lebel in The Day of the Jackal, and as M. Dupont d'Ivry in The Remains of the Day.

On 25 February 2011, Lonsdale won his first César Award as a best supporting actor for his portrayal of Luc in Of Gods and Men.[2]

Lonsdale died on 21 September 2020, aged 89 in Paris.[3]

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  1. Goodman, Lanie (3 December 2010). "A Gentle Screen Giant Subtly Shines". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
  2. "'Of Gods and Men' tops Cesar Awards". Variety. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
  3. "Michael Lonsdale, Bond Villain in 'Moonraker,' Dies at 89 | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. 21 September 2020.

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