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Christopher Lee: ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Star Dies At 93

Thu, June 11, 2015 9:40am EDT by 5 Comments
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We’ve lost a Hollywood legend. Christopher Lee, the actor who starred in everything from ‘Dracula’ to ‘The Hobbit’ passed away on June 11 at the age of 93.

Famed British Actor Christopher Lee made his undeniable mark on the film world by playing a bevy of horror monsters and devious villains, working well into his 90s. The prolific star had almost 300 acting credits to his name — many that you’ll likely recognize as classics. Christopher will be dearly missed.

There was no stopping Christopher from doing what he loved — even if he had reached his 80s and 90s by the time a project rolled around. For many, Christopher is recognizable for his contributions to the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings franchises. In the three Lord of the Rings films — and later, the three Hobbit films — Christopher played the villainous wizard Saruman.

In Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, he played Count Dooku, who transforms into Darth Tyranus. You’ll probably remember him as the lucky guy who gets to lightsaber duel with Yoda.

A Life Dedicated To Film

Born in 1922 in Belgravia, Westminster, England, Christopher Frank Carandini Lee served in WWII before making his film debut in the 1947 (yes, that long ago) gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors. How fitting for someone who would go on to become one of the most spectacular Count Draculas of our time. He first assumed the role in 1958’s Horror of Dracula, going on to star as the monster for a number of other films — now considered horror classics.

But it wasn’t all just monsters and mayhem. Already proving that he could play a mean nemesis, Christopher scored parts as assassin Francisco Scaramonga in the 1974 Bond flick The Man With the Golden Gun (an instant classic) and henchman Rochefort in The Three Musketeers. If there’s anything learned from this, it’s don’t cross him. Christopher, you’ll be sorely missed. Rest in peace.

HollywoodLifers, please help us celebrate Christopher’s remarkable life in the comments!

— Samantha Wilson