Christopher Lee Has Died; The ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Star Will Be Sorely Missed.
Today, beloved 93-year-old British actor and horror revolutionary Christopher Lee passed away from respiratory and heart complications.
Throughout his long and compelling life, Lee appeared in over 250 movies and countless TV shows. He was most remembered by fans for his more menacing roles, including the 1958 Dracula, and the original Man With the Golden Gun. Younger generations today are familiar with Lee's work as well: He played the sinister wizard Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
Lee was known for his ability to command the entirety of the screen with his brooding presence and piercing eyes, though everyone who knew him in real life says he was a gentle, kind man. Check out some stills from his most famous roles, as well as a highlight reel of his best scenes, below.
Born in 1922, Lee had an acting career that spanned for over 70 years.
He is probably most remembered by older generations for his role in the 1958 film, Dracula. Lee was the first to portray the Translyvanian vampire as a handsome, dark man, instead of a monster-like ghoul. In fact, Lee's portrayal of Dracula is what made the villain so threatening.
Lee was also amazing in the Bond film, Man With the Golden Gun. In this movie, he played opposite Roger Moore, who remained a life-long friend.
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Most recently, Lee portrayed the evil wizard Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. His portrayal of the character was haunting and terrifying.
RIP Christopher Lee.