The french actor Micheal Lonsdale , who was best known internationally for his role as Hugo Draz, a villain in one of James Bond’s 1979 film Moonraker, passed away at the age of 89. The news was confirmed by AFP by the actor’s agent on monday.
He was awarded as France’s Cesar for best supporting actor in 2011 for his role in Xavier Beauvois’ “Of Gods and Men.” He was conferred with a BAFTA nomination for his performance as the supporting actor in The Day of the Jackal.
The french actor’s debut film was It Happened in Aiden in 1956. He has achieved more than 200 credits and worked with some of the greats of the cinema.
His work includes Orson Welles’s The Trial in 1962, René Clément in Is Paris Burning? in 1964 and with François Truffaut in “The Bride Wore Black” and “Stolen Kisses” both in 1968. He also had roles in Jacques Rivette’s Out 1 and Louis Malle’s Murmur of the Heart both in 1971.
He had also worked in collaboration with John Frankenheimer on The Holcroft Covenant in 1985 and Ronin in 1998 and with Merchant Ivory on Remains of the Day in 1993 and Jefferson in Paris in 1995. He worked with Jean-Jacques Annaud on The Name of the Rose in 1986 and with Steven Spielberg in Munich in 2005.
The actor was twice nominated in the supporting actor category for Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud in 1995 and Heartbeat Detector in 2007. His last film was Sculpt in 2016.