Sir Christopher Lee, The Lord of the Rings’ Saruman, the legendary actor, dies at 93

Sir Christopher Lee, The Lord of the Rings’ Saruman, the legendary actor, dies at 93

‘A Titan of Cinema’ Sir Christopher Lee passed away at the age of 93. He was the veteran of cinematography and just genius actor of our time.

‘A Titan of Cinema’ Sir Christopher Lee passed away at the age of 93. He was the veteran of cinematography and just genius actor of our time.

Born in England, Christopher Lee became famous after starring as a Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster in the Hammer horrors. Besides, during his magnificent career he appeared in more than 250 movies.

Christopher Lee as Dracula

Christopher Lee as Dracula

His most famous roles were villainous but actually they made his name so widely known. The whole world admire such performances of him as Scaramanga in James Bond and evil wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings. Besides, one of the top-films in his spectacular career was also Star Wars.

Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman

Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman

Sir Christopher Lee was hospitalized due to respiratory problems and heart failure. On Sunday, June 7, he died  at Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London.

 Christopher Lee as Star Wars Count Dooku

Christopher Lee as Star Wars Count Dooku

A lot of co-stars, films’ producers and directors, fellows and friends paid tribute to Sir Lee, who was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity. In 2011 got the Bafta fellowship award.

Christopher Lee as Frankenstein

Christopher Lee as Frankenstein

Roger Moor, was one of the first who paid tribute to Sir Lee. James Bond actor tweeted

Dominic Monaghan, who co-starred with Mr Lee in Lord of the Rings stated that Christopher was a fascinating person and he was really sorry to hear that he had passed away.

Besides, Sir Christopher also worked with Tim Burton on such films as Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and three other. Famous director said that Lee was “an enormous inspiration”.

Mark Gatiss and writer Neil Gaiman narrated about their feelings via Twitter.

We are deeply saddened to hear that Sir Christopher Lee has passed away

– stated the British Film Institute (BFI).

The screen career of Sir Christopher Lee, who was born in 1922 in London, graduated from public school and served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War, started after joining Rank Organisation in 1947. He has been training as an actor there in a so-called ‘charm school’.

His actor’s list of films was very rich and filled with a lot of the most famous movies, one of which was The Man With The Golden Gun in 1974 where he starred as Scaramanga.
From a commercial standpoint his the most  successful films of his career were The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Star Wars prequels, where he starred as the nefarious Count Dooku.

Besides, Sir Christopher’s was also a very talented musician and singer. His first album was Broadway tunes, including I Stole The Prince from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, and Epiphany from Sweeney Todd.

Heavy metal was also his passion and one of his albums called Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross won in 2010 a Spirit of Metal Award from Metal Hammer magazine.

He released his last album of heavy metal cover versions on his 92nd birthday.

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