c lee2Film legend Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93.

 

I remember the actor in the Horror films of the 1950s and 1960s before he became well known to a new generation through his role in fantasy blockbusters such as Star Wars, The Man With The Golden Gun, Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit.

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He died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Sunday morning after three weeks of treatment, for heart failure and respiratory problems.  His widow decided to withhold the news so family and friends could be informed.

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When I was very young Christopher Lee with his piercing cold eyes, frightening strong voice and chilling presence frighten me and millions of others people over the decades playing Dracula.

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His menacing charisma established him early on as one of the film industry’s world-class villains and he went on to star in more than 260 movies before his death at 93.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GREAT ACTOR’S 200 FILM ROLES OVER 60 YEARS

1957:The creature in The Curse of Frankenstein

1958: Count Dracula in Dracula

1959: Sir Henry Baskerville in The Hound of the Baskervilles

1959: Kharis, the Mummy in The Mummy

1962: Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace

1965: Dr Fu Manchu, right, in The Face of Fu Manchu

1966: Count Dracula in Dracula: Prince of Darkness

1966: Rasputin in Rasputin, the Mad Monk

1973: Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man

1974: Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun

1977: Martin Wallace in Airport ’77

1979: Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt in 1941

1990: Dr Catheter in Gremlins 2: The New Batch

1994: Cmndt. Alexandrei Nikolaivich Rakov in Police Academy: Mission to Moscow

1998: Mohammed Ali Jinnah in Jinnah

1999: Burgomaster in Sleepy Hollow

2001: Saruman in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2002: Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

2002: Saruman, below, in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


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