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Legendary English Actor Christopher Lee Has Passed Away at Age 93

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June 11, 2015
Source: NY Times

Christopher Lee

"I have always tried to be unconventional." The great Christopher Lee has passed away. The legendary English actor was 93 years old, and had been appearing in movies & television for over 70 years, taking on iconic roles like Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein, and eventually Scaramanga, Count Dooku, and Saruman. He was probably best known for his height, standing at 6' 5" tall, towering over most other actors on set. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force during World War II and took up trying to work in acting after the war. His big breakout was playing the monster in the Hammer film The Curse of Frankenstein from 1957.

While he earned the most notoriety for his work on the Hammer Films in the 50s and 60s, Christopher Lee had his career revived in the last decade thanks to filmmakers who loved his early work. Peter Jackson cast him as Saurman in the Lord of the Rings series, which then lead to his role as Count Dooku in George Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy. Of course, Tim Burton, also a fan of his work, cast him in everything from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Sweeney Todd, plus Alice in Wonderland. Aside from appearing in The Hobbit trilogy, Lee was also in a few more small films at the end of his career, including The Girl from Nagasaki. In 2009, he was knighted by the Queen for his services to drama and charity. We've lost a legend.

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  • TheOct8pus
    Such a great actor and incredibly smart man. The guy spoke like 9 languages including Mandarin and German....AND he put out a couple of heavy metal albums on the side. RIP evil wizard.
    • son_et_lumiere
      yes, an all around outstanding individual. highly intelligent, suave, a fine actor, an inspiration for pursuing the things that interest you, and continuing to do so as long as you want to. he'd made dozens of films before he made it big, too. plus that amazing stentorian voice! hopefully he's up there now having a nice reunited chat with Peter Cushing. RIP, Sir, you will be missed and will never be matched.
  • ari smulders
    RIP great guy who was responsible for my biggest nightmares as dracula!
  • Xerxexx
    Rest easy good man.
  • Edward Curtis
    A quote from Sir Christopher regarding The Lord of the Rings, via the Tolkien Society's obituary: " I always thought the books would make a wonderful film, but I also felt it would probably never happen, because of the enormous amount it would cost to make. But if they ever were made, I dreamed that I would be in them. It just goes to show you, that sometimes dreams do come true."
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Unparallelled acting skills. RIP sir.
  • Bill
    Truly legendary...
  • OfficialJab
    Knew him from plenty before and after, but I'll always remember him as Ansem the Wise. Enjoy your sea-salt ice cream buddy.
  • DAVIDPD
    This is a terrific loss for cinema. Christopher Lee had one of the longest filmographys of any actor and had a voice that commanded the stage. His works will live on in the memories of people young and old.
  • Rob
    This sucks on an epic scale. That man was a fantastic actor and bona fide BAD-ASS.
  • grimjob
    This man has a presence like no other. Will be sorely missed.
  • Absolute legend. One of the greats.
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