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Michael Lonsdale, actor who played Bond villain Hugo Drax, dies at 89

Michael Lonsdale, actor who played Bond villain Hugo Drax, dies at 89
Posted at 10:07 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 12:07:09-04

PARIS (AP) — Michael Lonsdale, a giant of the silver screen and theater in France who worked with some of the world’s top directors in an acting career that spanned 60 years, has died at 89.

From his role as the villain Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond film “Moonraker” to that of a French monk in Algeria in the 2011 movie “Of Gods and Men,” Lonsdale acted, often in brilliant supporting roles.

He worked under top directors including Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, Francois Truffaut and Louis Malle.

Lonsdale died peacefully at his Paris home on Monday, his agent told The Associated Press.

His performance in “Of Gods and Men” earned Lonsdale a Cesar, France’s equivalent of an Oscar, for best supporting role.