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Steve Johnson

This morning, we were saddened to hear that Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee passed away at the age of 93.

A Look Back

Lee is prominently known for his roles in horror films like Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein among many others. More recently he has been seen in the Middle-Earth films in the role of Saruman, as well as Count Dooku in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy.

What some people may not know is the Christopher had a successful music career. You can see the music videos to one of his most popular songs here.

His Life

He was born on May 22nd, 1922 to Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano and Geoffrey Trollope Lee. At the extremely young age of 14, he attended Wellington College until the age of 17, when he began his military service.

Christopher served during World War II in the Royal Air Force.

After his brief time during service, he turned to acting, debuting in Corridor of Mirrors playing the role of Charles. Lee went on to participate in a great number of films until he landed major roles such as Frankenstein's Monster and Dracula, who are now very popular characters, permanently etched into pop culture. His career continued, appearing in films like The Man with the Golden Gun as Scaramanga, as well as small roles such as Dr. Wonka in the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Lee passed away at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital a few days ago on June 7th, 2015, only a few weeks after his Birthday. The cause of his passing was heart failure.

Rest well, Christopher.

As always, good night, good luck, and goodbye Christopher Lee.


I remember my first time watching Lord of the Rings and seeing the first fight scene between Saruman and Gandalf. I found his portrayal so menacing and intriguing. Even earlier in my childhood I have memories of being introduced to the prequel trilogy, which to be honest I loved when I was little, and I still enjoy them. I agree that they're not exactly cinematic masterpieces but they're somewhat good movies in my opinion, and Count Dooku was a big part of that for me at least. I'd like to say thank you to Christopher for being a small part of my childhood and introduction to some of the things I'm most fond of today. Though I may not be familiar with his entire filmography, I know he was a talented man. I'm trying my hardest not to sound cliche but he will be missed and like many others, my condolences to his loved ones.


To Christopher:


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