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Michael Lonsdale, the British-French actor famous for playing one of James Bond’s most iconic villains, has died at 87.

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Lonsdale passed away on Monday at 7 a.m. ET, his agent confirmed to CNN. The cause of his death is unknown.[contfnewc]
Lonsdale starred opposite Roger Moore in the 1979 film “Moonraker” as the villain Hugo Drax, an industrialist who was plotting to commit global genocide.[contfnewc]
“We are very sad to learn of the passing of Michael Lonsdale, who played Hugo Drax in Moonraker,” longtime 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a tweet. “He was an extraordinarily talented actor and a very dear friend. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”[contfnewc]
The family-run twitter account for Sir Roger Moore, who died in 2017, described Lonsdale as “a smooth-tongued and cultured adversary to 007.”[contfnewc]

“Michael Lonsdale, a legend who will be missed but not forgotten!” actor Jean-Claude Van Damne wrote on Twitter. “My thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this sad time.”[contfnewc]
Lonsdale is also known for his roles in “Ronin,” “Munich” and “The Day of the Jackal.”[contfnewc]
His last acting role was in the 2016 film “Sculpt,” which starred Willem Dafoe.[contfnewc]
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Read from source: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/21/entertainment/michael-lonsdale-obituary-trnd/index.html[contfnewc]

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