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Entertainment Michael Lonsdale, Former Bond Villain and 'The Day of the Jackal' Star, Dies at 89

19:47  21 september  2020
19:47  21 september  2020 Source:   thewrap.com

Michael Lonsdale, James Bond Villain and Day of the Jackal Star, Dies at 89

  Michael Lonsdale, James Bond Villain and Day of the Jackal Star, Dies at 89 Michael Lonsdale played the villain Hugo Drax in 1979's Moonraker opposite Sir Roger Moore as James BondThe actor was perhaps best known around the world as Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond film, as well as detective Claude Lebel in the 1973 film The Day of the Jackal.

Michael Lonsdale , the British-French actor famous for playing one of James Bond 's most iconic villains , has died at 87. Lonsdale is also known for his roles in "Ronin," "Munich" and " The Day of the Jackal ." His last acting role was in the 2016 film "Sculpt," which starred Willem Dafoe.

Michael Lonsdale , the actor who played an iconic villain in 1979’s James Bond movie “Moonraker” and starred in 1973’s “ The Day of the Jackal The British-French actor was 89 at the time of his passing.“I must unfortunately confirm the passing of Michael Lonsdale , our dear talent for so many

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Michael Lonsdale, the actor who played an iconic villain in 1979's James Bond movie "Moonraker" and starred in 1973's "The Day of the Jackal," has died. The British-French actor was 89 at the time of his passing.

"I must unfortunately confirm the passing of Michael Lonsdale, our dear talent for so many years," Lonsdale's agent, Olivier Loiseau, said in a statement to TheWrap Monday.

In "Moonraker," which starred Roger Moore as 007, Lonsdale had the role of bad guy Hugo Drax, an industrialist with plans to poison all of humanity and then repopulate Earth from his space station.

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French actor Michael Lonsdale , who was known internationally for his roles as the villain Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond film "Moonraker" and detective Claude Lebel in " The Day of the Jackal ," has died . He was 89 . AFP confirmed news of the actor's death, via his agent, on Monday.

Michael Lonsdale , who starred as the mad villain Hugo Drax in the Bond film Moonraker and the dogged detective in the Fred Zinnemann-directed crime thriller The Day of the Jackal , has died . He was 89 . Lonsdale died Monday at his home in Paris, his agent, Olivier Loiseau, told the AFP.

For "Day of the Jackal," the British-French political thriller directed by Fred Zinnemann, Lonsdale played Deputy Commissioner Claude Lebel, starring opposite Edward Fox as "the Jackal." Lonsdale's performance in the film earned him a supporting actor BAFTA nomination.

Though "Moonraker" and "The Day of the Jackal" are the parts American audiences probably best remember Lonsdale for, they were far from his only roles. Lonsdale had a career that spanned six decades, with more than 200 film, TV and radio credits to his name at the time of his death, including Xavier Beauvois' "Of Gods and Men," for which he France's Cesar award. He also had parts in "Is Paris Burning?" (1964), "Out 1" (1971) and "Murmur of the Heart" (1971), among many other films.

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