, Lee provided the off-camera voice of "U. N. Owen," the mysterious host who brings disparate characters together in Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians (1965).  Aside from a "tiny part" in a school play, he didn't act while at Wellington. Like Cushing, Lee also appeared in horror films for other companies during the 20-year period from 1957 to 1977. , In 2011, accompanied by his wife Birgit, and on the 164th anniversary of the birth of Bram Stoker, Lee was honoured with a tribute by University College Dublin, and described his honorary life membership of the UCD Law Society as "in some ways as special as the Oscars.  Hammer went on to make one more Dracula film without him: The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), with John Forbes-Robertson playing the Count and David de Keyser dubbing him. His appeals were fruitless, and he was left with nothing to do. He appeared in several films alongside Tim Burton, which catapulted him to fame. Lee's first contact with heavy metal music came by singing a duet with Fabio Lione, lead vocalist of the Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire on the single "The Magic of the Wizard's Dream" from their album Symphony of Enchanted Lands II – The Dark Secret, although he only performs backing vocals on the album version. , After "killing time" at RAF Kasfareet near the Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal Zone, he resumed intelligence work in the city of Ismaïlia. Lee portrayed Rasputin in Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966) and Sir Henry Baskerville (to Cushing's Sherlock Holmes) in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959).  He continued acting in school plays, though "the laurels deservedly went to Patrick Macnee. Always noted as an actor for his deep, strong voice, Lee was also known for his singing ability, recording various opera and musical pieces between 1986 and 1998, and the symphonic metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010, after having worked with several metal bands since 2005. Some film books incorrectly credit him with a role in the film, something he had to correct for the rest of his life.. " He was awarded the Bram Stoker Gold Medal by the Trinity College Philosophical Society, of which Stoker was president, and a copy of Collected Ghost Stories of MR James by Trinity College's School of English.  He released a second in December 2013, entitled A Heavy Metal Christmas Too. 1999: Ben Stiller vs. Lee went on record to state that he was virtually "blackmailed" by Hammer into starring in the subsequent films; unable or unwilling to pay him his going rate, they would resort to reminding him of how many people he would put out of work, if he did not take part. In 2011, he was presented with the ‘BAFTA Academy Fellowship’ by Tim Burton.  He disliked the parades and weapons training and would always "play dead" as soon as possible during mock battles. 2011: Robert Pattinson vs. Bryce Dallas Howard and Xavier Samuel Christopher Lee was born Christopher Frank Carandini Lee on 27 May 1922, in Belgravia, London, England, to British Army Officer Geoffrey Trollope Lee and his wife Contessa Estelle Marie (née Carandini di Sarzano).  Lee returned to work at United States Lines and found his work more satisfying, feeling that he was contributing. His step-father was not prepared to pay the higher fees that being an Oppidan Scholar meant, and so he did not attend. " He retired from the RAF in 1946 with the rank of flight lieutenant.. Lee wanted to break free of his image as Dracula and take on more interesting acting roles. He voiced many characters, including ‘King Haggard’ in ‘The Last Unicorn,’ and ‘Thor’ in the Danish film ‘Valhalla.’ He also provided his voice for the English dub of ‘Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday’ and in the animated versions of ‘Soul Music’ and ‘Wyrd Sisters.’, He provided his voice for many video games as well, including ‘Kingdom Hearts II,’ ‘Kingdom Hearts 352/2 Days,’ ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth’ and ‘Golden Eye: Rouge Agent.’, With his classically trained bass voice, he provided vocals to a song in ‘The Return of Captain Invincible.’ He also provided vocals to Kathy Joe Daylor's song ‘Little Witch.’, In 2013, he narrated a documentary titled ‘Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics.’, The following year, he was seen in an episode of ‘Timeshift’ called ‘How to Be Sherlock Holmes: The Many Faces of a Master Detective.’. I do not know how long I am going to be around, so every day is a celebration, and I want to share it with my fans. , Lee reported to RAF Uxbridge for training and was then posted to the Initial Training Wing at Paignton. He introduced Dennis Wheatley, an occult novelist, to Hammer, who made a movie based on his novel, starring Lee. Lee's own appearance as Frankenstein's monster led to his first appearance as the Transylvanian vampire Count Dracula in the film Dracula (1958, known as Horror of Dracula in the US). In 2007, Lee collaborated with Burton on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, playing the spirit of Sweeney Todd's victims, called the Gentleman Ghost, alongside Anthony Head, with both singing "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," its reprises and the Epilogue. 2009: Robert Pattinson vs. Cam Gigandet , When Lee was nine, he was sent to Summer Fields School, a preparatory school in Oxford whose pupils often later attended Eton. Lee relocated to Los Angeles in the 1970s after becoming disillusioned with film roles he was being offered in Britain at the time and stated that in Hollywood "I was no longer a horror star. "" Lee played a leading role in the German film The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (1962), speaking German, which he had learned during his education in Switzerland. , Lee was also known for his imposing height: he was 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall. 20th Century Film & Theater Personalities, 21st Century Film & Theater Personalities, 20th Century British Film & Theater Personalities, 21st Century British Film & Theater Personalities.  Lee was devastated, and the death of a fellow trainee from Summer Fields only made him more despondent. Lee reprised his role as Saruman in the video game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth along with the other actors of the films. 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. The family moved to Fulham, living next door to the actor Eric Maturin. Lee's friend Dennis Wheatley, a noted author, was responsible for bringing the occult to him. In brief: Christopher Lee 'most bankable' star. Starring the lovely Veronica Carlson, Dracula is resurrected from his watery grave near his Castle high in the mountains.  They were engaged soon after, and married on 17 March 1961.  Lee recorded his final words for film at his Redwood Studios in Soho, London on 17 May 2015 just 3 weeks before his death on 7 June 2015. However, the second film, To the Devil a Daughter (1976), was fraught with production difficulties and was disowned by its author.  Also in 2011, Lee appeared in the critically acclaimed Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese. In all, Lee played Dracula ten times: seven films for Hammer Productions, once for Jesse Franco's Count Dracula (1970), uncredited in Jerry Lewis's One More Time (1970) and Édouard Molinaro's Dracula and Son (1976). Born Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, his father was a military figure, his mother was of Italian descent, he was educated at Wellington College and served with the Royal Air Force during World War II. 2012: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig The medical officer hesitantly diagnosed a failure of his optic nerve, and he was told he would never be allowed to fly again. , In 2010, Lee marked his fourth collaboration with Tim Burton by voicing the Jabberwock in Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic book Alice in Wonderland, alongside Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. There were lots of people behind me.  Lee's appearance in the final film in the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, was cut from the theatrical release, but the scene was reinstated in the extended edition. In addition to more than a dozen feature films together for Hammer Films, Amicus Productions, and other companies, Lee and Peter Cushing both appeared in Hamlet (1948) and Moulin Rouge (1952), albeit in separate scenes; and in separate instalments of the Star Wars films: Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in the original film and Lee decades later as Count Dooku. Although financially successful, it was Hammer's last horror film, and marked the end of Lee's long association with the studio that had a major impact on his career. , Lee's parents separated when he was four and divorced two years later. Prior to his acting career, Lee served in the Royal Air Force, where he was attached to the No. Years later, Lee met Carpenter, and told him that the biggest regret of his career was not taking the role of Dr. Loomis. BBC 1977", "Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement". Who claimed to be involved with black magic." In 2012, Lee marked his fifth and final collaboration with Tim Burton, by appearing in Burton's film adaptation of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, in the small role of a New England fishing captain. 2007: Gerard Butler vs. Robert Maillet, 2008: Sean Faris vs. Cam Gigandet In late November 2009, Lee narrated the Science Fiction Festival in Trieste, Italy. Lee returned to the role of Dracula in Hammer's Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1965). He did many television roles, including the role of ‘Flay’ in the BBC mini-series ‘Gormenghast’ (2000). He was sent to see Josef Somlo for a contract, who immediately announced that he was "much too tall to be an actor." Tolkien’s novel.  In 2014, he appeared in an episode of the BBC documentary series Timeshift called How to Be Sherlock Holmes: The Many Faces of a Master Detective.  Lee appeared uncredited in the American epic Quo Vadis (also 1951), which was shot in Rome, playing a chariot driver and was injured when he was thrown from it at one point during the shoot..  One night, he was introduced to Prince Yusupov and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, the assassins of Grigori Rasputin, whom Lee was to play many years later. While he only had two lines, Burton said that he felt Lee to be a good match for the iconic character, because of Lee himself being "an iconic guy.". Also Known As: Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, Born in: Belgravia, Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom, mother: Contessa Estelle Marie, Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano, place of death: Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom, education: Wellington College, Eton, Summer Fields School, The Company of Youth, Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was a famous English actor and singer.  His most notable musical work on film, however, appears in the superhero comedy/rock musical The Return of Captain Invincible (1983), in which Lee performs a song and dance number called "Name Your Poison," written by Richard O'Brien.  In a later interview, Lee stated that he knew how to shoot but not how to ski and that he probably would not be alive if he had been allowed to go to the front line. "No, you have to do it!" 260 Squadron RAF as an intelligence officer where he was a liaison officer for the Special Operations Executive, although he was unlikely to have been behind enemy lines.  Sixty years later, Lee played the part of James for the BBC. His roles in the films Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969), and Scars of Dracula (1970) all gave the Count very little to do. In 1984, he won ‘International Fantasy Film Award’ for his contribution to the fantasy film genre. In 2007, he collaborated with Burton for ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.’ 2010 marked his fourth collaboration with Burton as they worked in the film adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic book ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ 2012 saw his fifth collaboration with Burton as they worked in ‘Dark Shadows,’ which was an adaptation of a Gothic soap opera.  He considered his best performance to be that of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998), and his best film to be the British cult film The Wicker Man (1973).  He also narrated an advertising campaign for Age UK, reading a poem by Roger McGough. Initially, I was told I was too tall to be an actor.  Lee was frequently beaten at school, including once at Wellington for "being beaten too often," though he accepted them as "logical and therefore acceptable" punishments for knowingly breaking the rules. In 2005, Lee played Willy Wonka's strict dentist father, Dr. Wilbur Wonka, in Burton's reimagining of the Roald Dahl tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and voiced the character of Pastor Galswells in Corpse Bride, co-directed by Burton and Mike Johnson. They gave me nothing to do! Lee starred in two further Dracula films for Hammer in the early 1970s, both of which attempted to bring the character into the modern-day era. 2006: Angelina Jolie vs. Brad Pitt Some thirty years after playing Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun, Lee provided the voice of Scaramanga in the video game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent.  Lee and his wife Birgit were listed among the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the Guardian in March 2013. Lee was one of the favourite actors of Tim Burton, and became a regular in many of Burton's films, working for the director five times, starting in 1999, where he had a small role as the Burgomaster in the film Sleepy Hollow. When he returned, the squadron was restless, frustrated with a lack of news about the Eastern Front and the Soviet Union in general, and with no mail from home or alcohol. British actor Sir Christopher Lee has passed away aged 93. Die Körpergröße von Christopher Lee ist 196 cm. In those days that was where the mackintosh brigade watched their films. "The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead." The latter film was tentatively titled Dracula Is Dead... and Well and Living in London, a parody of the stage and film musical revue Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, but Lee was not amused.  As the North African Campaign progressed, the squadron "leapfrogged" between Egyptian airstrips, from RAF El Daba to Maaten Bagush and on to Mersa Matruh. 2019: Brie Larson vs. Gemma Chan, For other people named Christopher Lee, see. Sir Christopher Lee Obituary - Actor dies aged 93 - YouTube  It was arranged that he should stay on in Menton after his sister had returned home, but with Europe on the brink of war, he returned to London instead. Later he appeared as a narrator and backing vocalist on the band's four albums Symphony of Enchanted Lands II – The Dark Secret, Triumph or Agony, The Frozen Tears of Angels, and From Chaos to Eternity, as well as on the EP The Cold Embrace of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony, portraying the Wizard King. He and his wife were blessed with a daughter whom they named Christina Erika Carandini Lee. 22, thus becoming the second oldest living performer to ever enter the music charts, at 91 years and 6 months. ", 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. Directed by Freddie Francis.  Lee had originally said that he would have liked to have shown Saruman's corruption by Sauron, but that he wouldn't be comfortable flying to New Zealand at his age. In 1961, he married a Danish model named Birgit ‘Gitte’ Lee.  In 2013, Lee voiced The Earl of Earl's Court in the BBC Radio 4 radio play Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. He recalled that his breakthrough came in 1952, when Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. began making films at the British National Studios. Lee, "broadly speaking, was expected to know everything.  Instead, Lee attended Wellington College, where he won scholarships in the classics, studying Ancient Greek and Latin.  Lee's father fought in the Boer War and First World War, and his mother was an Edwardian beauty who was painted by Sir John Lavery, Oswald Birley, and Olive Snell, and sculpted by Clare Sheridan; her lineage can be traced to Charlemagne.  His poor maths skills meant that he placed eleventh, and thus missed out on being a King's Scholar by one place. Christopher Lee war ein britischer Schauspieler. Lee had a single line, "a satirical shaft meant to qualify the lead's bravura.". 1997: Fairuza Balk vs. Robin Tunney These films were ‘Corpse Bride’ (2005) and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ (2005).  After the war ended, Lee was invited to go hunting near Vienna and was then billeted in Pörtschach am Wörthersee. He's hypnotic, physically powerful, well-spoken, but Lee also understood – crucially – that an important layer from Bram Stoker's novel had been missing from Lugosi's performance: sexuality. When giving a speech at the University College Dublin on 8 November 2011, he said: "Somebody wrote I have 20,000 books. In 2009, he appeared in Stephen Poliakoff’s British war thriller film ‘Glorious 39,’ drama film ‘Triage,’ and Duncan Ward’s comedy film ‘Boogie Woogie.’. He said in 2006, "I was cast in various roles in 16 of them and even appeared with Buster Keaton and it proved an excellent training ground. He was wounded in his left knee during filming, an injury he still felt many years later. There was a huge row. Shaffer and Lee paid Pinner £15,000 for the rights to the novel, and Schaffer set to work on the screenplay. " The film magazine Empire ranked Lee's portrayal as Dracula the 7th Greatest Horror Movie Character of All Time. Christopher Lee dons the Dracula cape for the third chapter "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave".  In 1997, he was appointed a Commander of the Venerable Order of Saint John. 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In 1978, Lee surprised many people with his willingness to go along with a joke, by appearing as guest host on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Lee's appearance was completely cut from the film, but Head still had an uncredited one-line cameo.  With the song "Jingle Hell," Lee entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. He also provided all the voices for the English dub of Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953).. People can read in to that what they like. He met with screenwriter Anthony Shaffer, and they agreed to work together. A friend said: 'Do you know you are in a film in Old Compton Street?'  He finally made his film début in Terence Young's Gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors (1947). Als Sohn von Vater Geoffrey Trollope Lee und Mutter Contessa Estelle Marie erlangte er im Jahr 2020 als Schauspieler Berühmtheit zum Beispiel für Symphony of Enchanted Lands II – The Dark Secret, Battle Hymns MMXI, Lord of the Rings.  In 2010, he was identified as the IMDb member with the most impressive closeness centrality.  As a result of his appearance on SNL, Steven Spielberg, who was in the audience, cast him in 1941 (1979). Lee reprised his role as Count Dooku in the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), but Corey Burton took his place for the character in the TV series. I don't want to do another one." Film director Robin Hardy and British Lion head Peter Snell became involved in the project. In 1995, he won Bram Stoker’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’, https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/christopher-lee-3395.php, Celebrities Who Look Beautiful Even Without Makeup.
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