Michael Lonsdale Dies: ‘Moonraker’, ‘The Day Of The Jackal’ & ‘Munich’ Actor Was 89

Michael Lonsdale Dies: ‘Moonraker’, ‘The Day Of The Jackal’ & ‘Munich’ Actor Was 89

British-French actor Michael Lonsdale, known for his roles in Bond movie Moonraker and thriller The Day Of The Jackal, has died aged 89 in Paris, his agent has confirmed to us.

Lonsdale appeared in more than 200 film and TV projects, working both in English and French.

Among his other most high-profile English-language films were drama Remains Of The Day, crime pic Ronin and historical-thriller Munich.

Born in Paris and raised on the island of Guernsey and then London, Lonsdale returned to Paris to study painting in 1947. He first appeared on stage at the age of 24 and would go on to score roles in 1950s French genre movies.

In the 1970s he worked with acclaimed directors including Louis Malle, Marcel Carné, Joseph Losey, Alan Resnais, Jacques Bral and Marguerite Duras.

The versatile actor is probably best known for playing the villain opposite Roger Moore in 1979 Bond pic Moonraker. In the film, he played Hugo Drax, an industrialist planning to poison all humans on Earth then repopulate the planet from his space station.

Lonsdale was also the author of ten books.