Sir Christopher Lee, famous for his portrayal of some of the most memorable movie villains in Hollywood history has passed away on Sunday at age 93 at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London after being treated for respiratory problems.
Lee, whose portrayal of Dracula in the Hammer Horror film series cemented his popularity among horror fans held an incredible career - spanning the Wicker Man to a string of memorable villains - including Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, the wizard Saruman in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as well as the evil villain Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel universe.
His long string of hits meant that Lee was one of the most successful actors of his time, with his films grossing over eight billion dollars world-wide over his career. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2001 for his services to drama and was Knighted several years later.
Sir Christopher Lee is also remembered for his entertaining forays into music, producing a number of critically acclaimed heavy metal albums after his discovery of the genre in 2005, including an album of metal cover songs released in 2014 in celebration of his 92nd birthday and a number of heavy metal Christmas albums.
As well as an accomplished actor, he is remembered for his charity work and philanthropy - being a longtime advocate for protecting children's rights, summed up by the great man himself:
"Children are our future and what a disgrace it is that children are dying from poverty and hunger."
His final film, a romantic fantasy Angels in Notting Hill is yet to be released.
Vale, Sir Christopher Lee.
You will be missed greatly.