R.I.P. Christopher Lee

Legendary British actor Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93. Lee passed away on Sunday in hospital, where he had been treated for respiratory problems and heart failure over the preceding three weeks. Lee’s agent in an emailed statement said his family “wishes to make no comment”.

Tall, pale, with stern features and a deep and resonating voice, it made him in high demand to play villains in numerous films – something he grew frustrated about, even though he admitted enjoying the roles as they often offered more range than limited heroic ones.

Lee was most famous for his work as Dracula in the Hammer Horror films of the 1970s, as the wizard Saruman the White in both “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, as the Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga in the Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun,” as Count Dooku in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy, as Fu Manchu in numerous films in the 1960s, and as Lord Summerisle in the original “The Wicker Man”.

Other iconic roles he took on include Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Rasputin, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, the Jabberwocky, Death; and three dalliances with Sherlock Holmes, including one as the detective himself, one as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft and one as Sir Henry Baskerville in an adaptation of “The Hound of the Baskervilles”.

Lee was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009, received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011 and received the BFI Fellowship in 2013. He also served in the Second World War and was part of Britain’s Special Forces in the groups that became the SAS.

Source: ABC