I woke up to see reports this morning that we lost Sir Christopher Lee over the past weekend. According to the articles I’ve seen, he died on Sunday morning, June 7th, but his wife held off from releasing that information to the public until the members of their family could be notified.
Christopher Lee, Legendary Movie Villain and Horror Icon, Dies at 93
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
Lee’s acting career spanned more than sixty years, and he was arguably one of the most prolific actors of his generation, and perhaps all time, with nearly three hundred credits on film, television, and video games. Indeed, he has roles in two films which are still completing their production and will be released later this year or early next year.
He sang heavy metal in his 90s. That automatically makes him cooler than most of the rest of us.
Newer genre fans will recognize him as Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel trilogy or Saruman from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, but for me he’ll always be Dracula from the Hammer horror films of the 1960s. Along with other stalwarts like the great Peter Cushing, Lee was a staple of my Saturday afternoon movie viewing thanks to the Creature Feature program airing on the local UHF station when I was a kid in Tampa.
RIP, Sir Christopher.