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All Star Wars fans and fans of his other films might have heard the news that Sir Christopher Lee (Count Dooku from STAR WARS and Saruman from Lord of the Rings) has passed away due to respiratory problems and heart failure. This happened SHORTLY after celebrating his 93rd and final birthday in Chelsa, London, England. Lee was born in Belgravia, Westminster, London on 27 May 1922, the son of Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Lee and Contessa Estelle Marie. Lee served in WW2. His acting career started in 1948 and ended in 2015.

Lee appearing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Lee appearing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Lee spoke fluent English, Italian, French, Spanish and German, and was moderately proficient in Swedish, Russian and Greek. Lee stated in an interview that he was "conversationally fluent" in Mandarin Chinese. He was the original voice of Thor in the German dubs in the Danish 1986 animated film Valhalla, and of King Haggard in both the English and German dubs of the 1982 animated adaptation of The Last Unicorn. In 2005, Lee provided the voice of the Pastor Galswells in The Corpse Bride co-directed by Tim Burton and Mike Johnson. He served as the narrator on The Nightmare Before Christmas's poem written by Tim Burton as well. Lee reprised his role as Count Dooku in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 animated film but Corey Burton took his place for the character in the TV series. In 2010, he collaborated again with Tim Burton, this time by voicing the Jabberwocky in Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic book Alice in Wonderland.

Lee voicing Dooku in the 2008 SWTCW Film
Lee voicing Dooku in the 2008 SWTCW Film

Contrary to popular belief, Lee did not have a vast library of occult books. When giving a speech at the University College Dublin on 8 November 2011, he said: "Somebody wrote I have 20,000 books. I'd have to live in a bath! I have maybe four or five [occult books]." He further admonished the students against baneful occult practices, warning them that he had met "people who claimed to be Satanists. Who claimed to be involved with black magic. Who claimed that they not only knew a lot about it," however he himself had certainly never been involved: "I warn all of you: never, never, never. You will not only lose your mind, you'll lose your soul". 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 there. His wife delayed the public announcement until 11 June, in order to break the news to their family.

He was one of the most brilliant Jedi I've ever had the privilege of knowing...

What Christopher Lee performance is your favorite? Comment with your favorite then type at the end: R.I.P 1922-2015


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