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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Remembering Christopher Lee 1922 - 2015

Sir Christopher Lee, who died Sunday at age 93, was best known for his role as Count Dracula in seven "Hammer Horror" films, including Horror of Dracula (1958), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Scars of Dracula (1970), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) and The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973). More recent roles include Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014) and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002 and 2005).

Lee made his film debut in the 1948 British drama, Corridor of Mirrors. Other credits include Moulin Rouge (1952), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), The Mummy (1959), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), Scream and Scream Again (1970), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), The Three Musketeers (1973), The Wicker Man (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Airport '77 (1977), Return from Witch Mountain (1978), 1941 (1979), Serial (1980), The Return of Captain Invincible (1983), Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994), Jinnah (1998), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Dark Shadows (2012).

The English actor was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity, and he is survived by his wife of 54 years, Birgit, and their daughter Christina. Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Mr. Lee's life and career.

Horror of Dracula (1958)

Dracula A.D. 1972

He was the honored guest on the British TV series, This Is Your Life, on April 3, 1974.

He played the evil Mr. Midnight opposite Alan Arkin's alcoholic Captain Invincible in the 1983 Australian musical comedy/superhero film, The Return of Captain Invincible.

He was the subject of the 1996 documentary, The Many Faces of Christopher Lee.

He was the guest host of NBC's Saturday Night Live on March 25, 1978.

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