Michael Lonsdale

  • Born: May 24, 1931
  • Died: September 21, 2020
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Michael Lonsdale

Played Bond villain Hugo Drax in "Moonraker"

Michael Lonsdale was a French actor whose notable roles included Hugo Drax, the villain in the 1979 James Bond film "Moonraker." For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

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.

Posted by Gregg Merksamer - Warwick, NY   November 02, 2020

Prayers for the Lonsdale family, so very sorry for your loss.

Posted by A friend   October 04, 2020

My condolences.

Posted by A friend   September 25, 2020

Our condolences go out to the Lonsdale family. Michael will be missed by family and friends.

Posted by LeeT    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.

Posted by A friend   September 24, 2020

My condolences to the family. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during this difficult times.

Posted by A friend   September 24, 2020

Saddened for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences .

Posted by JE Sowell    September 24, 2020

To the family of Mr. Lonsdale. May the God of comfort strengthen you during this difficult time.

Posted by JE Sowell - Charlotte, NC   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.

Posted by Odette Wells    September 24, 2020

Rest in peace Commissioner lebel.

Posted by Ronald Coseteng - Manila   September 23, 2020


Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   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.

Posted by Mike Lehman    September 23, 2020


May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   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...

Posted by A friend   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.

Posted by Hyder Pirwany - Okehampton   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.

Posted by Philip Fowler - Coimbatore   September 22, 2020

My condolences go out to the Lonsdale family on the death of Michael. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Taylor    September 22, 2020


Godspeed Michael, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the wonderful and unforgettable film memories.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   September 22, 2020

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Michael Lonsdale