Christopher Lee, who brought dramatic gravitas and aristocratic bearing to screen villains from Dracula to the wicked wizard Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, passed away. He was ninety three.
The Royal Borough Of Kensington And Chelsea in London today, Thursday (June 11, 2015) issued a statement confirming that Christopher Lee passed away on June 07, 2015. His agent stated that his family declined to comment or provide more details.
For many, he will forever be known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of gory, gothic British Hammer Horror thrillers out in the 1950’s and 1960’s that were hugely popular around the world.
Apart of this, he has been a part of more than twi hundred and fifty films, taking on memorable roles such as the James Bond enemy Scaramanga and the evil Count Dooku in two Star Wars prequels.
He railed against the typecasting and with the sheer number and range of his roles, which include Sherlock Holmes and the founder of Pakistan, secured his place in the film history.
Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was born in London on May 27, 1922. His father was a British army officer who had served in the Boer War and his mother was Contessa Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano.
His parents separated when he was young, and his mother later re-married Harcourt Rose, the uncle of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
He attended Wellington College, an elite boarding school, and joined the Royal Air Force during World War II.
Poor eyesight prevented him from becoming a pilot, and he served as an intelligence officer in North Africa and Italy.He launched his career in 1948 with Corridor Of Mirrors but it was in the hear 1957, that he rose to fame with The Curse Of Frankenstein.
In 1958, he made his first appearance as the famous vampire in Dracula, opposite Cushing’s Van Helsing.
Film critic Matthew Sweet has stated that Christopher Lee brought a sensuality to the role that fit with the newly permissive times.
He then went on to play the Transylvanian vampire in sequels including Dracula: Prince Of Darkness, Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, Taste the Blood Of Dracula, Scars Of Dracula and Dracula A.D. 1972.
Though he was wary of being typecast, the studio practically blackmailed him into appearing in all the vampire sequels.
Reluctant to think of himself as a star, the modest actor married his wife, Birgit, known as Gitte, in 1961 and they had a daughter, Christina.
Sir you will be missed!!
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