(Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images) He was well-liked among his fellow performers, who also saw him as a character. The actor was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity, and was awarded the Bafta fellowship in 2011. Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee CBE, CStJ (27 May 1922 – 7 June 2015) was an English actor.He was a direct descendent of Marie Carandini and Robert E. Lee.. Lee was best known for his many movie characters.For example, Dracula and Fu Manchu in many movies during the 1950s through the 1970s. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Lee’s most famous role for Hammer was playing Dracula, a role which became one of his most widely recognised, although the actor wasn’t pleased with how the character was treated. The actor never retired from acting and he still has one film yet to be released, the fantasy film Angels in Notting Hill, where he plays a godly figure who looks after the universe. He initially suggested himself for the part of Gandalf, but director Peter Jackson instead cast him as wizard Saruman. His concern over being typecast in horror films led him to Hollywood and roles in Airport ’77 and Steven Spielberg’s 1941. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? . Lee also became a regular collaborator with Tim Burton, who cast him in Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. The Armed Forces were sending veterans with an education in the Classics to teach at universities, but Lee felt his Latin was too rusty and didn't care for the strict curfews. ... Christopher Lee is survived by his wife Birgit, whom in married in 1961, and their daughter Christina. The actor - known as a horror star in the 1950s before finding fame again in later life - had been treated for heart failure and respiratory problems in hospital. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. But they can do what Hannibal Lecter does, if they’re so inclined, people like Jeffrey Dahmer and Dennis Nilsen, and for that reason, I think such films are dangerous.”. During lunch with his cousin Nicolò Carandini, now the Italian Ambassador to Britain, Lee was detailing his war wounds when Carandini said, "Why don't you be… His wife delayed the public announcement until 11 June, in order to break the news to their family Start your Independent Premium subscription today. He married Danish painter and ex model Birgit Kroencke in 1961 after being introduced by mutual friends. Lee passed away in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, on 7 Juine after being treated for respiratory problems. Returning to London in 1946, Lee was offered his old job back at Beecham's, with a significant raise, but he turned them down as "I couldn't think myself back into the office frame of mind." Jun 7, 2015 ( age 93 ) Popularity. In an interview in 2013, Lee spoke about his love of acting. He died of respiratory problems and heart failure on June 7, 2015, at the age of 93. It was well-received by the heavy metal community and won him the spirit of metal award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony. An extraordinary man and life lead, Sir Christopher Lee. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Lee also voiced Dooku in the film The Clone Wars. “Hammer was an important part of my life, and generally speaking, we all had a lot of fun,” he said in a 2001 interview. Barbara Shelley, an acclaimed British horror movie actress, has died at age 88 after contracting COVID-19. He was 95. Before finding fame as an actor, Lee fought during World War II, volunteering with the Finnish forces and later working with the SAS. Christopher Lee’s age at the time of his death was 93 years, as Christopher Lee was born on the 27th of May, 1922 in Belgravia, London and Christopher Lee died of heart failure on the 7th of June, 2015 in Chelsea, London. PM: Saddened to hear of Sir Christopher Lee's death, a titan of Golden Age of Cinema & distinguished WW2 veteran who'll be greatly missed, Really sad to hear about the death of Christopher Lee, one of the greatest British actors and a master of the macabre pic.twitter.com/q5UUhc7xId. We'll miss you. Most Popular #7983. Christopher Lee, the British actor known for his many film roles including Count Dracula in numerous movies and Saruman the White in The Lord of the Rings, has died at the age … Threw a bic pen into a tree in front of me. His first role with the studio was The Curse of Frankenstein and it was the first of 20 films that he made with Peter Cushing. “What we did was fantasy, fairy tales – no real person can copy what we did. Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee has died at age 93. The couple have one daughter together, Christina. “Christopher has been an enormous inspiration to me my entire life. Farewell. Christopher Lee, Horror Icon, Has Died at Age 93 From Dracula to Saruman to a heavy-metal career, he made a career of playing to the dark side. Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross is a symphonic metal concept album by actor and singer Christopher Lee.It was released on 15 March 2010. London , England. Sir Christopher Lee, known as the master of horror, has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure. Peter Cushing died at age 81 of prostate cancer on August 11, 1994. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. “There have been some absolutely ghastly films recently, physically repellent,” he said. #legend. Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93 | Film | The Guardian He will continue to inspire me and I’m sure countless others for generations to come.”. Tolkien, has died, the Tolkien Society reports. “They gave me nothing to do!” he told Total Film in 2005. His 2013 single Jingle Hell entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 22, which made him the oldest living artist ever to enter the charts. He was also set to star in 9/11 drama The 11th opposite Uma Thurman, which was due to begin filming in November. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Sir Christopher Lee, the veteran actor and star of many of the world's biggest film franchises, has died aged 93. Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after a lengthy career. After dabbling with music throughout much of his career, including a song on The Wicker Man soundtrack, Lee released his first full-length album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010. Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (May 27, 1922 — June 7, 2015) was an English actor, author, and singer who portrayed the wizard Saruman in Peter Jackson 's The Lord of the Rings (2001 - 2003) and The Hobbit (2012 - 2014) trilogies. “Wonderful film ... had a hell of a time getting it made,” he said. Christopher Tolkien, son of legendary “The Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93. A dedicated fantasy fan, Lee re-read the Lord of the Rings trilogy every year, and was the only member of the film cast to have met JRR Tolkien. He was reintroduced to a new generation in 2001 with a role as the evil wizard Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and then as Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Born in 1922 #5. Lee was best known for his work in horror films produced by Hammer Studios. It's terribly when you lose an old friend, and Christopher Lee was one of my oldest. The veteran actor was best known for roles including Dracula and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings franchise, First published on Thu 11 Jun 2015 07.35 EDT. Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was an British actor, singer and author. Lee leaves behind a body of work as varied as it is impressive, with an IMDB acting filmography that … And I loved him for it. Occasionally, I sneaked one in. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Christopher Lee, in full Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, (born May 27, 1922, Belgravia, London, England—died June 7, 2015, London), English actor known for his film portrayals of villains ranging from Dracula to J.R.R. The couple had been married for more than 50 years and had one daughter, Christina. Shelley’s agent, Thomas Bowington, … “He was the last of his kind - a true legend - who I’m fortunate to have called a friend. “Its power lies in the fact that you never expect what eventually happens, because everyone is so nice.” He went on to play Bond villain Scaramanga in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun and turned down a role in Halloween, which he later said was one of biggest career regrets. By Gary Susma n June 11, 2015 The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. The actor made his name playing Dracula in the Hammer Horror films, as well as Scaramanga in … The film legend passed away at a London hospital as a result of reported heart failure and respiratory difficulties. Tim Burton, the director who worked with Lee on five films, described him as “a true legend”. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Tolkien ’s wizard Saruman. Lee - who stood at 6ft 5in - worried he was "too tall" to be an actor, but found fame with first film The Curse of Frankenstein. Born in Belgravia, London, in 1922 to a military father and an aristocratic mother, Lee’s film career started in 1947 with a role in the gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors. “I pleaded with Hammer to let me use some of the lines that Bram Stoker had written. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. First Name Christopher #6. Burton went on to award him with a Bafta fellowship. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Christopher Lee's passing at the age of 93 on Sunday, June 7, 2015 has been publicly announced by Pilar Funeral Home in Garland, TX .Legacy invites you to offer condolences and share memories of Chris Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in... Born: May 27, 1922 Died: June 7, 2015 (age 93) People can read into that what they like.". A Titan of Cinema and a huge part of my youth. He was a fascinating person. Subscribe to Independent Premium to bookmark this article. That's the end of our rolling coverage of tributes to Sir Christopher Lee, after he died at 93. Scared the living daylights out of me for years. “I have some interests outside of acting – I sing and I’ve written books, for instance – but acting is what keeps me going, it’s what I do, it gives life purpose.”, Christopher Lee: an actor of muscular intelligence with a staggering career | Peter Bradshaw, The blossoming career of Christopher Lee: from the archive, 11 March 1972, Merry metal Christmas: Christopher Lee's 2014 festive musical offering, Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure, The trailer of the 1958 film The Horror of Dracula starring Sir Christopher Lee, Sir Christopher Lee explains how he almost became an opera singer, Peter Bradshaw’s appreciation: ‘An actor of muscular intelligence’. I had the honour and pleasure to work with him on five films (Sleepy Hollow, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Alice In Wonderland and Dark Shadows),” he said. The actor will be remembered for his incredible performances and love of heavy metal, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. So so sorry to hear that #christopherlee has passed away. He died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Sunday morning, the Telegraph reported. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? DEATH DATE. Polymath Lee didn't just stick to the world of drama, however, and recorded songs with heavy metal musicians. Charlemagne: The Omens of Death is the fourth and final album by actor and heavy metal singer Christopher Lee.It was released on 27 May 2013. Film legend Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93, it was reported today. Let’s just say I was in Special Forces and leave it at that. Sir Christopher Lee, a veteran actor, musician, and author whose career spans decades, died Sunday morning in London. Donna Dickens Facebook Twitter. Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after a lengthy career. Lee died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on 7 June 2015 at 8:30 am after being admitted for respiratory problems and heart failure, shortly after celebrating his 93rd birthday there. Sir Christopher Lee, known as the master of horror, has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure. Born on May 27 #24. Christopher Lee portrays Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. All hell broke loose.”. The great, always criminally underrated Sir Christopher Lee has left us. Christopher Lee, the English actor who emerged as a British horror movie icon in the 1950s with his memorable portrayal of Count Dracula and later appeared in … You were an icon, and a towering human being with stories for days. He died on May 1, 2005 at 17 years of age. Lee was being … Legendary star of stage and screen Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93. We first met in 1948. Actor Christopher Lee died Sunday at age 93. Lee refused to discuss his time with the special forces, even in his later life, saying: "I was attached to the SAS from time to time but we are forbidden – former, present, or future – to discuss any specific operations. This was Lee's first full-length album, having previously worked with such bands as Rhapsody of Fire and Manowar.The album won the "Spirit of Hammer" award from the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards ceremony. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. The veteran actor, immortalised in films from Dracula to The Wicker Man, and via James Bond villainy to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, died at 8.30am on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93. In the 70s, Lee continued to gain fame in the horror genre with a role in The Wicker Man, a film which he considered to be his best. Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ (May 27, 1922 June 7, 2015) was the actor who played Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, and performed the same character's voice in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film. It is a sequel to his album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross (2010). Christopher Lee Kaschner was born on December 22, 1987. Corey Burton voices Dooku in The Clone Wars the animated series, while Jeff Bennett has provided the voice in video games. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Dubbed the "real life James Bond" because of his work with the SAS, Lee was also a cousin of Bond author Ian Fleming. Sir Christopher Lee is to release a heavy metal album on his 91st birthday, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, 2001, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Christopher Lee obituary: Actor dies at the age of 93 after an illustrious and diverse career, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. The actor made his name playing Dracula in the Hammer Horror films, as well as Scaramanga in Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun. Sir Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93. However, it wasn’t until the late 50s, when Lee worked with Hammer, that he started gaining fame. His wife, the former Danish model Birgit Kroencke, decided to hold back the information for four days until all family members and friends were informed. Lee was born on May 27, 1922.Lee died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on 7 June 2015 at 8:30 am. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Leading the tributes online were his Lord of the Rings co-stars Dominic Monaghan and Elijah Wood, as well as Sir Roger Moore, who played 007 opposite Lee in The Man With The Golden Gun. The actor died on Sunday, according to sources close to his family. News of his death prompted an outpouring of grief from actors, musicians, and even the prime minister; all paid tribute to Lee’s great talent. Lee has a net worth of $25 million. Sir Christopher Lee has died, according to sources close to his family. Stuntman Kyle Rowling served as the body double for most of Dooku’s combat scenes. He shared the same birth date as Christopher Lee and Vincent Price. He was 93. In 2011, he returned to Hammer with a role in the Hilary Swank thriller The Resident, although he generally tried to avoid the horror genre in later years. He released fourth album Charlemagne: The Omens of Death on his 91st birthday, and was a singer on the albums. Sir Christopher Lee, who played Dracula nine times (pictured) left a real-life mystery over his finances when he died aged 93 in June – he failed to leave a penny in his will covering his UK assets. In his career, he also turned down a role in Airplane!, something he also regretted. The actor, who is best known for his work in the Hammer Horror films … RIP Christopher Lee pic.twitter.com/i2sKDXAMhU. He was 93. “Making films has never just been a job to me, it is my life,” he said. His other many notable works included a part in Seventies British horror classic The Wicker Man as the eccentric and evil Lord Summerisle, and, more recently, Lord of the Rings. He is married to Birgit Kroncke. 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