British actor Christopher Lee dies at 93

Christopher LeeSir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 at 08:30 a.m. on Sunday morning at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. For the last three weeks he had been hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure. The veteran actor made a mark in some of Hollywood’s biggest franchises as he prominently portrayed several villains, including the role of Dracula. He returned to play Dracula in more than 10 films, including Dracula, Horror of Dracula and Dracula: Prince of Darkness.

After bagging his most prominent role as Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man in 1973, Lee battled James Bond in The Man With the Golden Gun. He also graced the Star Wars franchise playing Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II and III. His other memorable credits include the wizard Saruman in Peter Jackson‘s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  He then reprised his Saruman character for Jackson’s latest trilogy, starting with 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 

Lee is survived by wife Birgit Kroencke Lee and daughter Christina Erika Lee.

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  1. Hugh • June 12, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

    A wonderful actor,God rest his soul. He could transform into any character, and so flawlessly. I’ve watched his portrayals for 50 years and you come away believing he is that person.He had such a variety of work. I’ll miss his power and presents.

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