Sad news to report this morning. Legendary film, stage, and television actor Christopher Lee has passed away at 93.
Lee’s amazing acting career started shortly after he served in the RAF during World War II, and he appeared in over 200 films. He was an accomplished singer, having recorded four albums and a handful of heavy metal singles. He also provided guest vocals and narration for several Rhapsody Of Fire recordings.
Perhaps his most famous role was that of Count Dracula in the Hammer produced horror films throughout the mid 20th-Century. Lee first donned the cape in 1958’s Horror Of Dracula, and reprised the role a half dozen times throughout the next several years.
He also appeared as Francisco Scaramanga, the title character in the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun. More recently, he entertained an entire new generation of fans as Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings films, and Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels. Coincidentally, his longtime friend and Hammer co-star Peter Cushing appeared in the original Star Wars as Grand Moff Tarkin.
We here at A1 and Geekville extend our condolences to the Lee family. You can see his impressive resume at his IMDB page.