Sir Christopher Lee dies aged 93


Blackleaf
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Sir Christopher Lee, the screen legend whose career took him from Hammer horror to Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and a role as one of the great Bond villains, has died. He was 93.

The veteran actor died at 8.30am on Sunday at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, sources close to his family said.

He had been treated there for respiratory problems and heart failure over the preceding three weeks and turned 93 in hospital.


Lady Lee chose to delay the public announcement of Sir Christopher’s passing until she had informed close family members. The couple were married for more than 50 years.


WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Sir Christopher Lee dies at 93 - latest reaction and tributes


Screen legend famous for roles in Count Dracula, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars dies in hospital after suffering respiratory problems


Sir Christopher Lee died at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital




By Anita Singh (external - login to view), Arts and Entertainment Editor
11 Jun 2015
The Telegraph

Sir Christopher Lee, the screen legend whose career took him from Hammer horror to Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and a role as one of the great Bond villains, has died. He was 93.

The veteran actor died at 8.30am on Sunday at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, sources close to his family said.

He had been treated there for respiratory problems and heart failure over the preceding three weeks and turned 93 in hospital.


Christopher Lee in The Man with the Golden Gun, 1974 (Everett Collection/Rex)

Lady Lee chose to delay the public announcement of Sir Christopher’s passing until she had informed close family members. The couple were married for more than 50 years.

The actor first achieved fame as a Hammer Horror star in the 1950s, but the last 15 years of his career were among the most fruitful.

He was introduced to a new generation of fans as a star of some of the world’s biggest franchises: Count Dooku in the Star Wars films, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

There was also a sucessful partnership with Tim Burton in films including Alice in Wonderland and Sleepy Hollow.


Christopher Lee with Veronica Carlson in Dracula has Risen from the Grave, 1968 (Rex)

Sir Christopher’s career began in the 1940s, but it was the 1968 film Dracula Has Risen From The Grave that made him a star.

He played Count Dracula opposite Sir Peter Cushing as Van Helsing. He and Cushing remained the closest of friends until the latter’s death in 1994.

More Dracula films followed in 1960s for the Hammer studio, but the actor was keen to move on. In a 2011 interview with the Telegraph (external - login to view), he said: “Please don’t describe me as a ‘horror legend’. I moved on from that.”


Sir Christopher Lee was knighted in 2009

His memorable roles included Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man (1973) and Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974). He had a personal connection to James Bond: Ian Fleming, Bond’s creator, was his cousin.

Sir Christopher was knighted in 2009 and received a Bafta fellowship in 2011, and said he would never retire. “I hate being idle. As dear Boris [Karloff] used to say, when I die I want to die with my boots on.”

He recently signed up for a new film, The 11th, an ensemble drama co-starring Uma Thurman. Set in the hours leading up to the attack on the Twin Towers, it was due to start filming in November.

His one remaining ambition, he said in 2011, was to work with Clint Eastwood. The film of which he was most proud was Jinnah, in which he played the founder of Pakistan. “It is certainly the most important role I have ever played, because the responsibility on my shoulders was immense,” he explained.


Christopher Lee as Saruman in The Fellowship Of The Ring, 2001 (Rex)

Reluctant to think of himself as a star, the modest actor was also reticent about his Second World War record as a member of the Special Operations Executive.

“I was attached to the SAS from time to time but we are forbidden – former, present, future – to discuss any specific operations. Let’s just say I was in Special Forces and leave it at that.”

He married his wife, Birgit, known as Gitte, in 1961 and they had a daughter, Christina. Asked for the secret of a long-lived marriage, he replied: “Marry someone wonderful.”

Christopher Lee as Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, 2002


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Last edited by Blackleaf; Jun 11th, 2015 at 06:56 AM..
 
Locutus
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now there was a talented and varied man. RIP sir.

 
SLM
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Rest In Peace.
 
Blackleaf
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Best Dracula ever:

 
B00Mer
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Sir Christopher Lee dies at 93, Count Dracula, Lord of the Rings & Star Wars actor



Yes, he was the finest screen Dracula we've ever seen. But there was so much more to the late Christopher Lee than monsters, says Tim Robey, as he selects his 10 best roles.



Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has paid tribute to "one of the greatest British actors and a master of the macabre" with a, erm, humorous picture taken at City Hall.



source: Sir Christopher Lee dies at 93 - latest reaction and tributes - Telegraph (external - login to view)

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SLM
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Merged.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Merged.

Geez somebody was awake early.. LOL

6:00AM here still groggy..

 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Geez somebody was awake early.. LOL

6:00AM here still groggy..

Well I saw it, I figured better to do it now rather than wait for someone to ask me to do it later when I'm stuck on my iPhone with it's tiny screen trying merge threads. Doable, but not easy, lol.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Well I saw it, I figured better to do it now rather than wait for someone to ask me to do it later when I'm stuck on my iPhone with it's tiny screen trying merge threads. Doable, but not easy, lol.

Thank you...
 
Walter
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Always enjoyed his work. RIP
 
Sal
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an amazing talent
R.I.P.
 
spaminator
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coldstream
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RiP.. a very elegant vampire.. i remember him from all those gothic Hammer horror films in the late 50s and 60s. TCM has occasional festivals of the brand, usually around Halloween. Totally entertaining in a campy vein.
 
lone wolf
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A truly great actor in a role beyond life. Rest in Peace, Sir
 
WLDB
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Well, he had a good run.
 
gopher
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Dracula lives!


In my mind, second only to Bela Lugosi as the greatest Dracula ever.
 
Blackleaf
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You can tell that that lightsabre that Boris is holding isn't real.

The horrors that haunted Dracula: Deadly missions against the Nazis. Witnessing the last death by guillotine. The extraordinary past that turned Christopher Lee into cinema's seductive Prince of Darkness



For the late Sir Christopher Lee, horror was not just something he portrayed so memorably in the movies, it was something that he had repeatedly witnessed in real life from fighting the Nazis and witnessing executions, left. He played Dracula more than ten times, right, and for the younger film fan, he played Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, inset. The 93-year-old who died this week even spent time following the war as a specialist Nazi hunter, seeking war criminals for the international tribunal in Nuremberg.

Christopher Lee's extraordinary life revealed after his death this week | Daily Mail Online
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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I heard he was Dracula but have never seen it. But I have seen Man With the Golden Gun and he was a great villain. He played a good character in Star Wars II even though the rest of the movie was only adequate.
 

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