Mostly Credited As: Christopher Lee
Sometimes Credited As: Cristopher Lee
Birth Name: Christopher Frank Carandini Lee
Date Of Birth: May 27, 1922 (Age 93)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Belgravia, London, England
Date Of Death: June 07, 2015
Cause Of Death: respiratory failure
Height: 6' 5" (1.95 m)
To quote George Lucas - "Christopher Lee has defined the macabre for generations of horror film enthusiasts." Movie Credits
Which is in fact, the truth. His long film career began in 1947. In 1957, Lee appeared in his first Hammer Film Production, The Curse of Frankenstein, opposite Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: A New Hope). With the success of Frankenstein, Lee would go on to star in numerous Hammer films throughout the 60s and early 70s, often co-starring with Cushing.
Lee's most legendary role is that of Dracula, which he first portrayed in 1958's The Horror of Dracula. A spectacular hit, this film propelled Lee's career to stardom.
In the 1970s, Lee expanded beyond horror films to such work as The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, and The Man With the Golden Gun. In 1972 he founded Charlemagne Productions Limited. Lee's autobiography, Tall, Dark and Gruesome, was published in 1977 and updated in 1997.
His chiseled, handsome features and deep voice give his characters a captivating intelligence and class - whether as a ruthless villain like Dracula or as a noble hero like Sherlock Holmes.
Lee's lengthy filmography includes: The Face of Fu Manchu, Rasputin: The Mad Monk, Dracula: Prince of Darkness; Theatre of Death, The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, The Man With the Golden Gun; 1941 and most recently The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His 250 film and television credits have earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of Movie Facts and Feats for the international star with the most credits. He has also performed in a multitude of classical theatre productions from Shakespeare to Coward.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) - Dr. Wonka
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) - Count Dooku
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - Saruman
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) - Saruman the White
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) - Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - Saruman
Sleepy Hollow (1999) - Burgomaster
Jinnah (1998) - Mohammed Ali Jinnah
House of the Long Shadows (1983) - Corrigan/Roderick Grisbane
New Magic (1983) - Mr. Kellar
The Last Unicorn (1982) (voice) - King Haggard
Return from Witch Mountain (1978) - Dr. Victor Gannon
To the Devil a Daughter (1976) - Father Michael Rayner
The Four Musketeers (1974) - Rochefort
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) - Francisco Scaramanga
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1974) - Count Dracula
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) - Count Dracula
Count Dracula (1970) - Count Dracula
The Oblong Box (1969) - Dr. J. Neuhart
Circus of Fear (1966) - Gregor
Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) - Grigori Rasputin
... and many, many more.