It is a sad day in the movie world as it has been reported that acting legend Christopher Lee has died. The British actor was apparently hospitalized this week and died due to heart failure. Christopher Lee was 93 when he passed. The name Christopher Lee may not stand out as other legends, but the actor was certainly one to remember. The man was a part of the business since the 1947 when he made an appearance in the movie Corridor of Mirrors. Since then, Lee has made a name for himself in the world of horror, fantasy and sci-fi.
While many know Christopher Lee for his work as the Dracula, my earliest memories of Christopher Lee came from his more obscure roles. In fact, if memory serves me, the first time I saw Christopher Lee was in Gremlins 2. After that, I saw the actor in The Man with the Golden Gun and then in minor role in Sleepy Hollow; but at the time I did not know who he was. I did not get fully acquainted with the actor until 2001 when he played Saruman the White in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. After that I saw Lee playing the role of Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode IiI: Revenge of the Sith; and the rest is history.
Christopher Lee may not have been an actor who was known for playing various roles, but he was one who knew how to play to his strength. While his distinctive voice had a role in it, Lee always knew how to stand out in his performances .Whether it was in a major blockbuster or a animated film, Christopher Lee knew how to make a presence and he was always notable. Christopher Lee's career span to 68 years and that (to me) showed commitment to the word of film.
Lee had one last film in the works called Angels in Notting Hill, but whether or not the film will come is unknown. Nevertheless, it is sad to know that it we have seen the last of the legendary actor on the silver screen. Whether he was controlling the children of the night, using the Palantir of Isengard or fighting Yoda in a lightsaber duel, Christopher Lee had an unforgettable career. When it comes down to it, all I can really then take my hat off to Christopher Lee, thank him for his great career in film and wish Mr.Lee a very fond farewell.
Godspeed Christopher Lee!