Michael Lonsdale
1931 - 2020
May 24, 1931
September 21, 2020
Michael Lonsdale was a French actor whose notable roles included Hugo Drax, the villain in the 1979 James Bond film “Moonraker.”

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Published by The News & Advance on Sep. 22, 2020.
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As 1973's THE DAY OF THE JACKAL is one of my all-time favorite films I'm most eager to express condolences to close family and friends who knew Michael Lonsdale as more than a superlative actor. That said his performance as Deputy Chief Inspector Claude Lebel is perhaps my all-time favorite portrayal of a policeman in a movie, fascinatingly analogous to a dog pursuing a cat (Edward Fox's titular Jackal) who's pursuing a mouse (Charles De Gaulle). How fitting John Frankenheimer cast him as the retired French intelligence operative and meticulous diorama maker who gave refuge to Robert DeNiro and Jean Reno in the 1998 film RONIN - what a memorable way to give context to the tenuous employment situation the movie's other characters found themselves in after the Cold War ended! After that scene it hardly mattered what was in the case. While Hugo Drax was one of James Bond's great adversaries I trust Michael has had a most amicable reunion with the equally-missed Roger Moore.
Gregg Merksamer
November 2, 2020
Prayers for the Lonsdale family, so very sorry for your loss.
October 4, 2020
My condolences.
September 25, 2020
Our condolences go out to the Lonsdale family. Michael will be missed by family and friends.
September 25, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to the Lonsdale family, truly sorry for your loss, may God comfort and strengthen as you go through this most difficult time of your loss.
September 24, 2020
My condolences to the family. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during this difficult times.
September 24, 2020
Saddened for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences .
JE Sowell
September 24, 2020
To the family of Mr. Lonsdale. May the God of comfort strengthen you during this difficult time.
JE Sowell
September 24, 2020
My condolences to the family. May your loving creator provide the support you need. Michael left many wonderful memories in each movie his presence graced. Something time will not take away.
Odette Wells
September 24, 2020
Rest in peace Commissioner lebel.
Ronald Coseteng
September 23, 2020
Scott Chamberland
September 23, 2020
He will live in my memory as Inspector Lebel, the relentless policeman in Fred Zinneman's Day Of The Jackal, one of the greatest thrillers ever, and one of Michael Lonsdale's best roles.
Mike Lehman
September 23, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Matthew McGuire
September 23, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's and friends...
September 23, 2020
Very saddened to learn of Michael’s death. He was a great actor and most impressive in “The Day of the Jackal.” RIP.
Hyder Pirwany
September 23, 2020
The end of a great era in acting.Michael Lonsdale's roles spanned the horizon from dawn to dusk,every role played in inimitable style. He became the characters he played with such consumate ease ,slipping into them effortlessly like into a well-tailored suit. He reached the pinnacle of his art and remained there for decades.Few have done so.
Philip Fowler
September 22, 2020
My condolences go out to the Lonsdale family on the death of Michael. So sorry for your loss.
September 22, 2020
Godspeed Michael, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the wonderful and unforgettable film memories.
Harry Simpson
September 22, 2020