The British actor who starred as Count Dracula and starred in Lord of the Rings and Star Wars passed away in London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Sunday after suffering respiratory problems.
The actor made his name in the 50s starring in over 250 Hammer Horror films most notably as Dracula and Frankenstein.
He was most known for his iconic roles as the villain in a number of blockbuster franchises including: Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014), and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002 and 2005).
He was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity.
Born in Belgravia, Westminster, London on 27 May 1922, Sir Christopher Lee was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Trollope Lee and Contessa Estelle Marie.
Sir Christopher Lee volunteered for service in World War II to help supply the Finnish forces in 1939 and then joined the RAF fighting in North Africa.
He began his acting career in 1947 when he joined the Rank Organisation and became a student at the ‘charm school’.
He quickly became a household name starring in the British Hammer films as Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy and Dracula in the late 1950s.
Lee also had an interest in singing and opera releasing an album of Broadway tunes in the 90s, including I Stole The Prince from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, and Epiphany from Sweeney Todd.
He also started an surprising heavy metal career in his later years releasing an album in 2010, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross.