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During his prolific job of nearly 70 years, British actor and singer Sir Christopher Lee founded himself in a number of roles, sometimes iconic, frequently villainous, and usually interesting. After an extraordinary military profession during World Battle II, Lee plied his trade in little background assignments for ten years before building himself within the horror genre, especially playing Count number Dracula in a variety of movies for London’s Hammer Studios. It had been close to the end of his horror film heyday that he produced his initial musical appearance, robustly performing Paul Giovanni’s folk melody “Tinker within the Rye” within the 1973 horror secret musical The Wicker Guy. His function as pagan spiritual head Lord Summerisle within the United kingdom cult traditional remained an individual preferred of his. A longtime enthusiast of occult and illusion literature, he afterwards sang a monitor over the 1977 United kingdom folk concept record The Ruler of Elfland’s Little girl predicated on Lord Dunsany’s traditional dream book. After relocating to Hollywood in the first 80’s, he performed the part of Mr. Midnight within the humor/rock and roll musical The Come back of Captain Invincible, performing the Richard O’Brien-penned “Name Your Poison.” A separate opera fanatic who possessed a deep, operatic bass tone of voice, Lee documented a edition of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Story in 1986 where he sang every part. Later within the middle-’90s, he released a assortment of musical and opera items known as Christopher Lee Sings Devils, Rogues & Additional Villains. In 2005, Lee’s like of both opera and dream would converge within an uncommon way. Classically qualified vocalist Fabio Lione of Italian power metallic group Rhapsody of Open fire contacted him to record a duet within the band’s third solitary “The Magic from the Wizard’s Fantasy.” At 83, it had been Lee’s 1st encounter with rock so when the veteran acting professional enjoyed a past due career renaissance because the wizard Saruman in Peter Jackson’s Lord from the Bands trilogy, he also released a new profession as a dream metal vocalist. He continuing to collaborate with Rhapsody of Open fire and also became a member of metallic kings Manowar on the monitor. On 2006’s Revelation, his second assortment of opera and musical items, he included a metallic version of “Toreador Music” through the opera Carmen offering the band Internal Terrestrials. His single metal debut found its way to 2010 with Charlemagne: From the Sword as well as the Mix, a symphonic idea album that earned him the “Nature of Metallic” award through the Metallic Hammer Golden Gods wedding ceremony later that yr. The award was shown to him by Dark Sabbath tale Tony Iommi. Displaying a playful love of life, he released the EP MUCH Steel Christmas in Dec 2012. Getting into full-on rock, he released his follow-up LP Charlemagne: The Omens of Loss of life the following calendar year that featured agreements by Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner. Another holiday EP, MUCH Steel Christmas Too, premiered by the end of 2013 using the one “Jingle Hell” achieving number 18 over the Billboard Sizzling hot 100 chart, producing the 91-year-old Lee the oldest living performer to ever enter the music graphs. His twilight steel career continuing in 2014, initial using the EP Steel Knight and with the vacation one “Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing,” which would end up being the last documenting before his loss of life in June 2015 at age 93.

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Full Name Christopher Lee
Died June 7, 2015, Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
Height 1.96 m
Profession Singer, Author, Voice Actor, Film producer, Military Officer
Education Wellington College, Berkshire
Nationality British
Spouse Birgit Kroencke
Children Christina Erika Lee
Parents Geoffrey Trollope Lee, Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano
Siblings Xandra Lee
Awards BAFTA Fellowship, Excellence Award, Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement
Music Songs The Bloody Verdict of Verden, Treebeard's Song, Ghostriders in the Sky, Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing, Massacre of the Saxons, Jingle Hell, Name Your Poison, Let Legend Mark Me as the King, Elven Hymn to Elbereth Gilthoniel, I, Don Quixote, The Old Walking Song, Galadriel's Song of Eldamar, Act III: The Bloody Verdict of Verden, The Portent, Act I: King of the Franks, Man of La Mancha, The Ultimate Sacrifice, Tom Bombadil's Song, A Walking Song, The Toreador March, Song of Nimrodel, A More Humane Mikado, Song of Gondor, Farewell Song of Merry and Pippin, Malbeth the Seer's Words, Act II: The Iron Crown of Lombardy, Ho! Tom Bombadil, The Siege, Charles the Great, Burial Song of Théoden, Éomer's Song, Song of Lebennin
Albums Metal Knight, Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, Revelation, Christopher Lee Sings Devils, Rogues & Other Villains, Ni?m Vui Giáng Sinh
Nominations MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, VGX Award for Best Performance by a Human Male
Movies Dracula, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Wicker Man, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Mummy, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Sleepy Hollow, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Dracula A.D. 1972, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, The Devil Rides Out, Scars of Dracula, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Horror Express, Alice in Wonderland, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Dark Shadows, Corpse Bride, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, 1941, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Hugo, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Airport '77, Corridor of Mirrors, The City of the Dead, The Gorgon, Count Dracula, To the Devil a Daughter, The Four Musketeers, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, The Face of Fu Manchu, Rasputin the Mad Monk, Dracula and Son, Hamlet, The Three Musketeers, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, The Resident, House of the Long Shadows, The House That Dripped Blood, I, Monster, Nothing but the Night, Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace
TV Shows Pope John Paul II, Gormenghast, The Odyssey, Soul Music, Ivanhoe, Shaka Zulu, The Colour of Magic, In the Beginning, The Far Pavilions, Wyrd Sisters, ARD-Mittagsmagazin, Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady, Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls, Rhythm of Life, The Peak, The Guest People


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1 The villain Tormack from the animated series Galtar and the Golden Lance (1985) was apparently based on him, right down to his voice actor, Brock Peters of To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) fame, utilizing a British accent in order to sound like Lee.
2 He was considered for Tom Baker's role in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973).
3 He turned down Leslie Nielsen's role in Airplane! (1980) as he had trouble understanding the script.
4 He was considered for the guest role of De Flores in the Doctor Who (1963) serial "Silver Nemesis". He was also considered for the Master and Borusa (before the character was dropped) in Doctor Who (1996).
5 He was regarded The Devil Rides Out (1968) as the best film he ever made for Hammer.
6 He was seriously considered to play Mr. Dark in Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).
7 He was originally going to play The Inquisitor in The Lost Continent (1968).
8 He was considered for the role of Dr. Hans Fallanda in Lifeforce (1985).
9 He turned down the role of The Man in Black in The Vampire Lovers (1970).
10 Of the nine Dracula films that Hammer made, he doesn't appear in two of them. Dracula is absent from The Brides of Dracula (1960) as Hammer worried that his salary would increase. He refused to appear in The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) after reading the script.
11 He was so ashamed of Howling II: ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985) that when he met Joe Dante on Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), he apologised for being in such a bad sequel to his film.
12 He turned down the role of The Specialist in Tommy (1975), as he was in Thailand filming The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
13 He was seriously considered to star as the title role in The Phantom of the Opera (1962).
14 He was considered to play Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
15 He was considered to play The High Priest of Kali in The Stranglers of Bombay (1959).
16 As a 17 year old, he was a spectator in the crowd attending the last public guillotining in France - that of Eugen Weidmann in 1939. At 6'5" tall, he'd have had a good view. (Because of the behavior of the spectators at the execution, all subsequent executions in France were done behind closed doors).
17 Coincidently, the veteran horror actor appeared in the only two Best Picture winners to feature ghosts, Hamlet (1948) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
18 His roles were cut from the films My Brother's Keeper (1948) and Saraband (1948).
19 Both he and his niece Harriet Walter appeared in "Star Wars" films: Lee played Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and Walter played Dr. Kalonia in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
20 He played three characters from the Sherlock Holmes stories: Sherlock himself, his brother Mycroft, and Sir Henry Baskerville. He subsequently worked with several actors who appeared in more recent Holmes stories. In Dark Shadows (2012), he appeared with Jonny Lee Miller, who played Sherlock on Elementary (2012). He also worked with Miller's grandfather, Bernard Lee, in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). In Hugo (2011), he worked with Ben Kingsley and Jude Law, who have both played Doctor Watson. In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), he appeared - though never at the same time - with Stephen Fry, who played Mycroft in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011); Ian McKellen, who plays Sherlock in Mr. Holmes (2015); and Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who play Holmes and Watson on Sherlock (2010). Also appearing in Lee's five Fu Manchu movies was Howard Marion-Crawford, who was television's first Dr. Watson on Sherlock Holmes (1954). Lee also provided the introduction for that series' 2005 DVD release.
21 He died only one day after his Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951), Julius Caesar (1970) and Treasure Island (1990) co-star Richard Johnson.
22 His date of death, June 7, is also the birthday of Liam Neeson, who played his apprentice Qui-Gon Jinn in the Star Wars films.
23 With his death on June 7, 2015, Patrick Macnee became the last surviving cast member of Hamlet (1948). Macnee himself died only 18 days later.
24 As he played a Bond villain, he has worked with the most fellow Bond villain actors in films: Robert Shaw, Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas, Charles Gray, Curd Jürgens, Michael Lonsdale, Julian Glover, Sean Bean, Christopher Walken, etc.
25 According to the Multimedia Encyclopedia "Cinemania 95", he died on March 31, 1993. But he was alive in that time.
26 He appeared in six films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Hamlet (1948), Moulin Rouge (1952), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and Hugo (2011). Of those, Hamlet (1948) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) are winners in the category.
27 He has two roles in common with his Tales of the Haunted (1981) co-star Jack Palance: (1) Lee played Count Dracula in ten films from Horror of Dracula (1958) to Dracula and Son (1976) while Palance played him in Dracula (1974) and (2) Palance played Dr. Edward Hyde / Mr. Henry Jekyll in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968) while Lee played renamed versions of the character(s), Dr. Charles Marlowe and Mr. Edward Blake, in I, Monster (1971).
28 He played Frankenstein's Monster in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) while his niece Harriet Walter played Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother of "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley, in Frankenstein: Birth of a Monster (2003).
29 He has two roles in common with his Corpse Bride (2005) co-star Richard E. Grant: (1) Lee played Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991) and Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (1992) while Grant played him in The Other Side (1992) and (2) Lee played Holmes' brother Mycroft Holmes in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) while Grant played him in Sherlock (2002).
30 He made ten films with Michael Gough: Saraband (1948), Night Ambush (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), The Skull (1965), The Crimson Cult (1968), Julius Caesar (1970), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005) and Alice in Wonderland (2010).
31 He was offered the role of Justinian in The Viking Queen (1967), which he turned down. Don Murray was eventually cast.
32 He was killed by Francis Matthews in both Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) and Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966).
33 His voice in the Italian versions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) was dubbed by Omero Antonutti.
34 He made cameo appearances in the final instalments of two prequel trilogies: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
35 He made six films with Desmond Llewelyn: Hamlet (1948), They Were Not Divided (1950), Corridors of Blood (1958), The Pirates of Blood River (1962) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
36 He has two roles in common with Tom Baker: (1) Lee played Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991) and Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (1992) while Baker played him in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982) and (2) Lee played Grigory Rasputin in Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) while Baker played him in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971).
37 He made six films with Michael Goodliffe: Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951), Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956), She Played with Fire (1957), The Gorgon (1964), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and To the Devil a Daughter (1976).
38 He made four films with Charlton Heston: Julius Caesar (1970), The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) and Treasure Island (1990).
39 Before he was persuaded to return as Count Dracula in Scars of Dracula (1970), John Forbes-Robertson was considered for the role. Forbes-Robertson later played the character in The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), making him the only actor other than Lee to play Dracula in the Hammer "Dracula" film series.
40 He has two roles in common with Frank Langella, Richard Roxburgh and Anthony D.P. Mann: (1) Lee played Count Dracula in ten films from Horror of Dracula (1958) to Dracula and Son (1976), Langella played him in Dracula (1979), Roxburgh played him in Van Helsing (2004) and Mann played him in Canucula! (Dracula in Canada) (2008) and Terror of Dracula (2012) and (2) Lee played Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991) and Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (1992), Langella played him in Standing Room Only: Sherlock Holmes (1981), Roxburgh played him in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002) and Mann played him in Sherlock Holmes and the Shadow Watchers (2011).
41 He has appeared in three films with Lee Pace: The Resident (2011), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
42 He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Hamlet (1948) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). He is the only actor to appear in two films which were released more than 50 years apart and both won Best Picture.
43 He has three roles in common with Lon Chaney Jr.: (1) Chaney played Frankenstein's Monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) while Lee played him in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), (2) Chaney played Kharis the Mummy in The Mummy's Tomb (1942), The Mummy's Ghost (1944) and The Mummy's Curse (1944) while Lee played him in The Mummy (1959) and (3) Chaney played Count Dracula in Son of Dracula (1943) while Lee played him in ten films from Horror of Dracula (1958) to Dracula and Son (1976).
44 He has two roles in common with Bela Lugosi: (1) Lugosi played Count Dracula in Dracula (1931) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) while Lee played him in ten films from Horror of Dracula (1958) to Dracula and Son (1976) and (2) Lugosi played Frankenstein's Monster in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) while Lee played him in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957).
45 He starred in two Hammer adaptations of novels by Dennis Wheatley: The Devil Rides Out (1968) and To the Devil a Daughter (1976).
46 He worked with Klaus Kinski in The Devil's Daffodil (1961), Secret of the Red Orchid (1962), Psycho-Circus (1966), Five Golden Dragons (1967) and Count Dracula (1970) and his daughter Nastassja Kinski in To the Devil a Daughter (1976).
47 He played Count Dracula in ten films: Horror of Dracula (1958), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Count Dracula (1970), One More Time (1970), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Scars of Dracula (1970), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and Dracula and Son (1976).
48 He made four films with Patrick Troughton: Hamlet (1948), The Gorgon (1964), Scars of Dracula (1970), and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974). Coincidentally, Peter Cushing appeared in all of them except Scars of Dracula (1970).
49 He made four films with Helena Bonham Carter: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Dark Shadows (2012).
50 He made four films with Marton Csokas: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and Alice in Wonderland (2010).
51 He made six films with Johnny Depp: Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Hugo (2011) and Dark Shadows (2012).
52 He appeared in a total of 24 films with his close friend Peter Cushing: Hamlet (1948), Moulin Rouge (1952), Alexander the Great (1956), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), The Mummy (1959), The Devil's Agent (1962), The Gorgon (1964), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), She (1965), The Skull (1965), Island of the Burning Damned (1967), Scream and Scream Again (1970), One More Time (1970), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), I, Monster (1971), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), Horror Express (1972), Nothing But the Night (1973), The Creeping Flesh (1973), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973), Arabian Adventure (1979) and House of the Long Shadows (1983).
53 He has two roles in common with Marc Warren: (1) Lee played Count Dracula in ten films from Horror of Dracula (1958) to Dracula and Son (1976) while Warren played him in Dracula (2006) and (2) Lee played the Comte de Rochfort in The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) and The Return of the Musketeers (1989) while Warren played him in The Musketeers (2014).
54 He has four roles in common with his Corridors of Blood (1958) and The Crimson Cult (1968) co-star Boris Karloff: (1) Karloff played Frankenstein's Monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939) while Lee played him in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), (2) Karloff played the Mummy in The Mummy (1932) while Lee played him in The Mummy (1959), (3) Karloff played Dr. Fu Manchu in The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) while Lee played him in The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967), The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) and Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969) and (4) Karloff played Grigori Rasputin in Suspense: The Black Prophet (1953) while Lee played him in Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966).
55 In both The Pirates of Blood River (1962) and The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964), he played the captain of a pirate crew which included Michael Ripper and Michael Peake.
56 He appeared in three films with Suzan Farmer: The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) and Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966).
57 He was the last surviving cast member of Scott of the Antarctic (1948).
58 He starred in two adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde": The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) and I, Monster (1971).
59 He made five films with Miles Malleson: One Night with You (1948), Saraband (1948), Private's Progress (1956), Horror of Dracula (1958) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959).
60 He made seven films with Francis De Wolff: The Gay Lady (1949), Moulin Rouge (1952), Corridors of Blood (1958), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959), The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) and The Three Musketeers (1973).
61 He made seven films with Oliver Reed: The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), Wild for Kicks (1960), The Pirates of Blood River (1962), The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974), The Return of the Musketeers (1989) and Treasure Island (1990).
62 He appeared in 12 films directed by Terence Fisher: A Song for Tomorrow (1948), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), The Mummy (1959), The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959), The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), The Gorgon (1964), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Island of the Burning Damned (1967) and The Devil Rides Out (1968).
63 He made nine films with Michael Ripper: The Mummy (1959), The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959), The Pirates of Blood River (1962), The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964), Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966), Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Scars of Dracula (1970) and The Creeping Flesh (1973).
64 His character seduced Barbara Shelley in both Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) and Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966).
65 He had no lines in Hamlet (1948), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) or Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966).
66 He worked with Bernard Lee in Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and his grandson Jonny Lee Miller in Dark Shadows (2012).
67 In his autobiography, he relates his first meeting with Peter Cushing during production of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), in which he played the monster. Lee stormed into a dressing room where Cushing was sitting and angrily shouted "I haven't got any lines!". Cushing replied, "You're lucky; I've read the script.".
68 He considers Billy Wilder to be the greatest director he worked for.
69 He was married to his wife Gitte just before production on The Devil's Daffodil (1961) began. They had no time for a full honeymoon as they only had a weekend before filming began on Mondy. They spent it in Brighton and resolved to have a serial honeymoon spread out over the next year between picture commitments. Unfortunately, it rained most of the weekend.
70 Did not start acting until he was 25 years old.
71 Lee got along well with Eddie Powell, his longtime stunt double at Hammer Film Productions. Powell married Hammer wardrobe mistress Rosemary Burrows, who jokingly referred to Lee as "Nasty" and sometimes "Green Mould".
72 After preparatory school, he passed the entrance exam for Eton but his parents could not afford the fees. He went to Wellington, but had to be taken out when their financial situation worsened. He took a job as an office boy in a shipping company in the City at £1 a week.
73 His godfather was Prince Alexander of Battenberg, a grandson of Queen Victoria, who later adopted the title of Lord Carisbrooke.
74 He got started in films when his cousin Count Nicolò Carandini, Italy's first post war ambassador to Britain introduced him to Filipo Del Guidice of Two Cities Film.
75 His mother was a contessa of the Italian Carandini family related through marriage across the centuries to the Borgias.
76 Around 1988, Lee agreed to play a vampire once more in an unproduced Dutch/Belgian comedy that was to be called "Blooper". The script, written by 'Frank van Laecke', was commissioned because of the physical resemblance between Lee and Dutch opera singer Marco Bakker, as noted by Bakker's wife, actress Willeke van Ammelrooy. Lee, a great lover of opera, got along well with both of them. The story concerned an opera singer called Billy Blooper (Bakker) who learns his father (Lee) is a vampire who's teeth had gone rotten after eating too many sweets. Now whenever he bites anyone, instead of turning into a vampire, they became half-human, half-chicken.
77 Has also done a few small roles that only require his voice, such as the priest in Corpse Bride (2005), and the Jabberwocky in Alice in Wonderland (2010).
78 Early in his career, Lee dubbed foreign films into English and other languages including Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953). Sometimes he dubbed all the voices including women's parts. Douglas Fairbanks Jr., recalled that Lee could do any kind of accent: "foreign, domestic, North, South, Middle, young, old, everything. He's a great character actor".
79 Wore an eyepatch to play the role of Rochefort in The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) and The Return of the Musketeers (1989), one of few films, if not the only film, to be based on "Twenty Years After". His interpretation of the character was so popular that many subsequent adaptations of the story; such as Disney's The Three Musketeers (1993) and The Three Musketeers (2011), have continued to portray Rochefort as wearing an eyepatch, despite the fact that Alexandre Dumas père never described the character as wearing one.
80 Read the Lord of the Rings trilogy once a year for decades, long before the film series ever got started.
81 He was awarded Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand in 2011.
82 Lee's friend, Jean Paul Getty, lent him and wife Gitte his Sutton Place home for their honeymoon in 1961.
83 Was very good friends with Josip Broz Tito, a partisan leader and a president of a former country of Yugoslavia.
84 Has said that his favorite director is Tim Burton, whom he frequently collaborated with on several of Burton's films.
85 Had dubbed King Haggard in the German version of The Last Unicorn (1982) for no fee, out of love for the film.
86 He learned how to speak German by listening to Richard Wagner records.
87 Once declared himself an unconditional fan of Gene Hackman.
88 Was offered the role of King Balor in Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), but had to turn it down due to other commitments.
89 At age 77, he confirmed that he had lost an inch of height and was now 6'4".
90 He was awarded Commander of the Venerable Order of Saint John in 1997.
91 He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama and charity. The ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace on October 30, 2009, and was carried out by HRH 'Prince Charles', The Prince of Wales.
92 In various interviews over the years has referred to all three actors to play James Bond that he has worked with - Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig - as the best and most close to Ian Fleming's intentions. However, he has also criticized Fleming's weak characters when discussing his own Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and described the screen adaptation as considerably better written.
93 In 2008, he received a lifetime achievement award at Pula Film Festival (Croatia).
94 He was cast as a ballad soloist called The Gentleman Ghost in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", but his role was cut when the ballad numbers were omitted. However, he never filmed the scenes and was present for the recording session.
95 Has worked with three James Bonds: Roger Moore in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Pierce Brosnan in Around the World in 80 Days (1989), and Daniel Craig in The Golden Compass (2007).
96 Is possibly the only actor in cinematic history to have achieved a unique trifecta. He has played a Star Wars villain (Count Dooku), a James Bond villain (Francisco Scaramanga), and a classic horror movie monster (Dracula, the Mummy and Frankenstein's Monster).
97 Has played a staggering amount of Victorian characters. He played Count Dracula ten times, Dr. Fu Manchu five times, Sherlock Holmes three times, Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock's brother) once and Sir Henry Baskerville (a friend of Holmes) once. He also appeared in The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) and I, Monster (1971), adaptations of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", among others.
98 Has worked with three different Gollums. The first Gollum, Brother Theodore, provided a voice in The Last Unicorn (1982). The second, Peter Woodthorpe, appeared with him in The Odyssey (1997). The last, Andy Serkis, appeared with him in the Lord of the Rings films.
99 Released the music album "Christopher Lee: Revelation" in the United Kingdom in October 2006. It includes songs like "The Toreador March", "O Sole Mio", "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'" and "My Way".
100 As a veritable J.R.R. Tolkien expert and the only member of the cast who had met Tolkien himself, he often visited the Production department on the sets of the various Lord of the Rings movies to give advice and tips on the various attributes of the films.
101 His films have made more money than any other actor's in history. As of May 2006, five of his films (the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the two Star Wars films in which he played Count Dooku) had total grosses in excess of $4.4 billion. Even without considering Lee's other appearances dating back to 1948, his totals considerably surpass the figures of #3 billion and #3.8 billion claimed by Harrison Ford and Samuel L. Jackson, respectively.
102 Although he and Peter Cushing were often mortal enemies on-screen, off-screen they were inseparable friends.
103 He was one of the few people to volunteer to fight on the Finnish side in the Russo-Finnish winter war in 1939-1940, though he and his fellow British volunteers were in Finland only for about two weeks and were kept well away from direct combat.
104 He was the tallest of the many actors who have played Count Dracula.
105 Shot all his scenes for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) in one day.
106 Has appeared in three different films in which he had either known or met the (late) author of the original work: Gormenghast (2000) (Mervyn Peake), The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) (Ian Fleming, his cousin).
107 In Horror of Dracula (1958), Lee in the title role had to drop a woman into a grave, but when he carried her, she was unexpectedly heavy and in trying to drop her into the grave, Lee also fell in with her.
108 In his role as the title character, The Mummy (1959), in which he co-starred with Peter Cushing, Lee got severely injured in the course of the filming. All that smashing through real glass windows and doors had dislocated his shoulder and pulled his neck muscles, especially when he had to carry an actress with arms fully extended across a swamp, walking as much as 87 yards, which damaged his shoulders considerably.
109 According to his friend Norman Lloyd, he has a somewhat eccentric hobby: he is fascinated by public executioners and knows the names of every official executioner England has had since the middle of the 15th century.
110 Wanted to attend the Heavy Metal Festival Earthshaker Fest in 2005 to support his favorite bands, the Italian band Rhapsody and the American band Manowar, but had to cancel at the last moment because of an important filming appointment. He recorded a message to the fans in advance, which was shown right before Rhapsody appeared on-stage.
111 Like his Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, he has appeared in films with three generations of Astins.
112 When he arrived in the recording studio to do the voice-over for King Haggard in the original animated version of The Last Unicorn (1982), he came armed with his own copy of the book with certain excerpts marked pertaining to parts of the book that he felt should not have been omitted.
113 According to his official website: He speaks French, German, Italian and Spanish and can "get along" in Greek, Russian and Swedish.
114 His daughter, Christina Erika Lee, was born with her legs severely deformed. They were bent at such a severe angle that they were almost backwards. She spent her first two years in splints. She eventually learned how to walk after the age of three and no longer needed splints.
115 He studied at Summerfield Preparatory School and attended Wellington College.
116 In 1972, he founded Charlemagne Productions Ltd.
117 During World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force and in British Intelligence.
118 Has one child, Christina Erika Lee (b. November 23, 1963) with his wife Birgit Kroencke Lee (Gitte Lee).
119 In a bonding of two generations of Frankenstein's monsters, Lee and his wife were good friends with Boris Karloff and his wife. This friendship was not as a result of them working together (they made two films together: Corridors of Blood (1958) and The Crimson Cult (1968)) but by the coincidence that they lived next door to each other in England.
120 Two of his roles have been as leaders of a separatist movement. The first was Jinnah (1998), about Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan. The second was in the Star Wars series as Count Dooku, the former mentor of Qui-Gon Jinn.
121 Was the Center of the Hollywood Universe, according to data at the Movie Oracle, http://www.cs.virginia.edu/oracle/center.html, but is now second to Rod Steiger.
122 On July 21, 2004, he was given the honorary citizenship of the Italian city of Casina (Province of Reggio Emilia) where Sarzano, the castle of his ancestors is situated. He gave his speech of thanks in Italian.
123 One of his favorite bands is the Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody, and he has also appeared on one of their album (listen to the speech in the intro on the song "Unholy Warcry" on the album "The Dark Secret"). Lee also appears on the Rhapsody single "The Magic of the Wizard's Dream", where he does a duet with Rhapsody vocalist Fabio Leoni in English, German, Italian and French versions of the song.
124 He was awarded Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon on December 11, 2002.
125 Although he has been in well over 200 films, he has very rarely played a hero, having been a villain in perhaps about 85% of his films (even his bit parts lean towards the unsympathetic).
126 As Darth Tyranus, he plays the first Sith apprentice to act in both body and voice.
127 One of the most prolific actors of all time, he has acted in nearly 230 films, although he later admitted that his film work was not always chosen on quality but often on whether they could support his family. His peak years of productivity were 1955 and 1970, as Lee starred in nine films in both years.
128 Was upset about the deletion of his death scene in the theatrical version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). However, the scene was put back into the Extended Edition which is seen as the definitive version.
129 He struggled to get work early in his career as a supporting actor because almost all the male stars were shorter than he.
130 At 6 feet 5 inches, he is entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as "The Tallest Leading Actor".
131 Since his feature film debut in Corridor of Mirrors (1948), he has had at least one film role every year except for 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2006.
132 Was originally offered the role of Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), which he turned down. The role eventually went to his good friend Peter Cushing.
133 Both he and his fellow Star Wars Sith Lord, David Prowse, have played Frankenstein's Monster opposite Peter Cushing: Lee in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), and Prowse in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974).
134 Sustained an injury to his hand while filming a swordfight with a slightly drunk Errol Flynn for The Dark Avenger (1955).
135 Was voted No. 31 on the recent British televised poll "The Greatest Movie Stars of All Time" above the likes of John Wayne, Michael Caine and Humphrey Bogart.
136 His stepfather (his mother's second husband) was the maternal uncle of writer Ian Fleming (of James Bond fame). Lee and Fleming are therefore stepcousins.
137 Is an honorary member of three stuntmen's unions.
138 Speaks very good French, good enough to understand questions and give long replies in a press conference.
139 A stunt double performed the stunts and lightsaber fights in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002). Lee's face was imposed on the double's body. Lee mentioned that in the last 40 years, he has done more swordfights than any other actor, but "not anymore".
140 He made his stage debut in school as the demonic lead in "Rumpelstiltskin", a sign of things to come.
141 From an acting dynasty, his great-grandparents founded the first Australian opera company.
142 One of Lee's maternal great-grandfathers was Italian. Through him, Lee is of noble Italian ancestry (from the Carandini family).
143 The white coffin used in one of his Dracula films was later used in Bananarama's music video "Venus".
144 Has appeared in a scene from The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) on screen during the drive-in sequence in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962).
145 Served in the British Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve from 1941 to 1946. During that time, he was an active member of the Special Forces.
146 Appears on the cover of Paul McCartney's 1973 album "Band on the Run".
147 He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
148 In a radio interview in South Africa, Lee claimed that he held the record for number of film roles by an actor (2001).
149 Is listed as the Center of the Hollywood Universe by the Oracle of Kevin Bacon website at the University of Virginia, because he can be linked to any one in Hollywood on average in 2.59 steps. That is less than either Charlton Heston or Kevin Bacon himself.
150 The blooddripping fangs worn by Lee in many of his vampire films were created by Irish dental technician Sean Mulhall.
151 Was one of the judges for the 1995 Miss World beauty pageant.
152 Vincent Price and Christopher Lee were born on the same day (27th May) and Peter Cushing was born on the 26th.
153 Uncle of Harriet Walter.
154 A distant cousin and frequent golfing partner of Bond creator Ian Fleming, Lee was the author's personal pick for the role of Dr. No (1962) in the first 007 film. The role, of course, went to actor Joseph Wiseman, who was brilliant. However, fans of the literary Bond might want to check out Lee's portrayal of Chinese master criminal Fu Manchu, for an idea of how Ian Fleming himself envisioned Dr. No.
155 One of the few actors who has portrayed three different Sherlock Holmes characters: Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes and Sir Henry Baskerville.
156 Classically trained singer.
157 Turned down Donald Pleasence's role as Dr. Sam Loomis in Halloween (1978) (He later remarked that this was his biggest mistake).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Murder Story 1989 Willard Hope
Shaka Zulu 1986-1989 TV Mini-Series Lord Bathurst
La chute des aigles 1989 Walter Strauss
La révolution française 1989 Sanson (segment "Années Terribles, Les")
The Return of the Musketeers 1989 Rochefort
Around the World in 80 Days 1989 TV Mini-Series Stuart
Olympus Force: The Key 1988 Filly
Mask of Murder 1988 Chief Supt. Jonathan Rich
Dark Mission: Evil Flowers 1988 Luis Morel Stuart
The Girl 1987 Peter Storm
Mio min Mio 1987 Kato
The Disputation 1986 TV Movie King James of Aragon
Un métier du seigneur 1986 TV Movie Fog
Jocks 1986 President White
Howling II: ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf 1985 Stefan Crosscoe
The Bengal Lancers! 1984 Sir James Hunter
The Rosebud Beach Hotel 1984 King
Faerie Tale Theatre 1984 TV Series King Vladimir V
The Far Pavilions 1984 TV Mini-Series Kaka-ji Rao
New Magic 1983 Short Mr. Kellar
The Return of Captain Invincible 1983 Mr. Midnight
House of the Long Shadows 1983 Corrigan
The Last Unicorn 1982 King Haggard (English, German version, voice)
Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story 1982 TV Movie Prince Philip
Massarati and the Brain 1982 TV Movie Victor Leopold
Safari 3000 1982 Count Borgia
Steigler and Steigler 1981 Dr. Carl Boxer
Goliath Awaits 1981 TV Movie John McKenzie
An Eye for an Eye 1981 Morgan Canfield
Tales of the Haunted 1981 TV Movie Host
The Salamander 1981 Prince Baldasar, the Director of Counterintelligence
Charlie's Angels 1980 TV Series Dale Woodman
Once Upon a Spy 1980 TV Movie Marcus Valorium
Serial 1980 Luckman Skull
1941 1979 Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt
Bear Island 1979 Lechinski
Captain America II: Death Too Soon 1979 TV Movie Miguel
Jaguar Lives! 1979 Adam Caine
Nutcracker Fantasy 1979 Uncle Drosselmeyer / Street Singer / The Puppeteer / ... (voice)
Arabian Adventure 1979 Caliph Alquazar
The Passage 1979 The Gypsy
The Pirate 1978 TV Movie Samir Al Fay
Caravans 1978 Sardar Khan
Circle of Iron 1978 Zetan
Return from Witch Mountain 1978 Victor
How the West Was Won 1978 TV Series The Grand Duke
Starship Invasions 1977 Capt. Rameses
End of the World 1977 Father Pergado / Zindar
Airport '77 1977 Martin Wallace
Meatcleaver Massacre 1977 On-Screen Narrator
Dracula and Son 1976 Dracula
The Night of the Askari 1976 Bill
To the Devil a Daughter 1976 Father Michael
Killer Force 1976 Maj. Chilton
The Keeper 1976 The Keeper
Diagnosis: Murder 1975 Dr. Stephen Hayward
Space: 1999 1975 TV Series Captain Zantor
Le boucher, la star et l'orpheline 1975 Satanus / Van Krig
The Man with the Golden Gun 1974 Francisco Scaramanga
The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge 1974 Rochefort
The Three Musketeers 1973 Rochefort
The Satanic Rites of Dracula 1973 Count Dracula
The Wicker Man 1973 Lord Summerisle
Great Mysteries 1973 TV Series Arnaud
Poor Devil 1973 TV Movie Lucifer
The Creeping Flesh 1973 James Hildern
Dark Places 1973 Dr. Ian Mandeville
Nothing But the Night 1973 Colonel Bingham
Horror Express 1972 Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton
Dracula A.D. 1972 1972 Count Dracula
Raw Meat 1972 Stratton-Villiers, MI5
Hannie Caulder 1971 Bailey
I, Monster 1971 Marlowe / Blake
The House That Dripped Blood 1971 John Reid (segment 3 "Sweets to the Sweet")
Umbracle 1970 The Man
Scars of Dracula 1970 Dracula
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 1970 Mycroft Holmes
Julius Caesar 1970 Artemidorus
Taste the Blood of Dracula 1970 Dracula
One More Time 1970 Dracula (uncredited)
Count Dracula 1970 Count Dracula
Eugenie... the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion 1970 Dolmance
The Bloody Judge 1970 Judge Jeffries
Scream and Scream Again 1970 Fremont
The Magic Christian 1969 Ship's Vampire
The Oblong Box 1969 Dr. Newhartt
Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu 1969 Fu Manchu
The Avengers 1967-1969 TV Series Colonel Mannering Professor Stone
The Crimson Cult 1968 Morley
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave 1968 Dracula
The Blood of Fu Manchu 1968 Fu Manchu
Eve 1968 Colonel Stuart
The Devil Rides Out 1968 Duc de Richleau
The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism 1967 Count Frederic Regula / Graf von Andomai
Five Golden Dragons 1967 Dragon #4
Blood Fiend 1967 Philippe Darvas
Island of the Burning Damned 1967 Godfrey Hanson
The Vengeance of Fu Manchu 1967 Fu Manchu
The Brides of Fu Manchu 1966 Fu Manchu
Psycho-Circus 1966 Gregor
Rasputin: The Mad Monk 1966 Grigori Rasputin
Dracula: Prince of Darkness 1966 Dracula
Ten Little Indians 1965 Mr. U. N. Owen (voice, uncredited)
The Skull 1965 Sir Matthew Phillips
The Face of Fu Manchu 1965 Fu Manchu
She 1965/I Billali
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors 1965 Franklyn Marsh (segment "Disembodied Hand")
The Gorgon 1964 Prof. Karl Meister
Castle of the Living Dead 1964 Count Drago
Crypt of the Vampire 1964 Count Ludwig Karnstein
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1964 TV Series Karl Jorla
The Devil-Ship Pirates 1964 Captain Robeles
The Whip and the Body 1963 Kurt Menliff
Horror Castle 1963 Erich (as Cristopher Lee)
Katarsis 1963 Mephistoles
Stranglehold 1962
Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace 1962 Sherlock Holmes
The Devil's Agent 1962 Baron Ferdi von Staub
The Pirates of Blood River 1962 Capt. LaRoche
Secret of the Red Orchid 1962 Captain Allerman
Hercules in the Haunted World 1961 King Lico (Licos)
The Devil's Daffodil 1961 Ling Chu
One Step Beyond 1961 TV Series Wilhelm Reitlinger
Scream of Fear 1961 Dr. Pierre Gerrard
The Terror of the Tongs 1961 Chung King
The Hands of Orlac 1960 Nero the magician
The City of the Dead 1960 Alan Driscoll
Wild for Kicks 1960 Kenny
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll 1960 Paul Allen
Playgirl After Dark 1960 Novak
Tempi duri per i vampiri 1959 Baron Roderico da Frankurten
Tales of the Vikings 1959 TV Series Lord Roderick
The Mummy 1959 The Mummy Kharis
Hot Money Girl 1959 Jaeger
The Man Who Could Cheat Death 1959 Dr. Pierre Gerrard
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1959 Sir Henry
William Tell 1959 TV Series Prince Erik
Corridors of Blood 1958 Resurrection Joe
Missiles from Hell 1958 Brunner
Horror of Dracula 1958 Dracula Count Dracula
White Hunter 1958 TV Series Mark Caldwell
Ivanhoe 1958 TV Series Sir Otto from the Rhine
A Tale of Two Cities 1958 Marquis St. Evremonde
O.S.S. 1958 TV Series Dessinger
The Truth About Women 1957 Francois Thiers
Bitter Victory 1957 Sergeant Barney
The Gay Cavalier 1957 TV Series Colonel Jeffries
Stowaway Girl 1957 Voice (voice, uncredited)
The Curse of Frankenstein 1957 The Creature
She Played with Fire 1957 Charles Highbury
The Accursed 1957 Doctor Neumann
Assignment Foreign Legion 1956-1957 TV Series Rodin the Gardener / El Abba
Night Ambush 1957 German officer at dentists
The Errol Flynn Theatre 1956-1957 TV Series The Visitant / Compte de Merret / Maurice Gabet / ...
Sailor of Fortune 1956 TV Series Yusif / Carnot
Aggie 1956 TV Series Inspector John Hollis
Rheingold Theatre 1953-1956 TV Series Felipe Nagy / Luis / Makarenko / ...
Beyond Mombasa 1956 Gil Rossi
Pursuit of the Graf Spee 1956 Manolo
Port Afrique 1956 Franz Vermes
The Scarlet Pimpernel 1956 TV Series Louis
Alexander the Great 1956 Nectenabus (voice, uncredited)
Private's Progress 1956 Major Schultz (uncredited)
Chevron Hall of Stars 1956 TV Series Governor
Moby Dick Rehearsed 1955 TV Movie A Stage Manager / Flask
Storm Over the Nile 1955 Karaga Pasha
Alias John Preston 1955 John Preston
The Cockleshell Heroes 1955 Alan Greves - Submarine Commander
Tales of Hans Anderson 1953-1955 TV Series Olle / Student / Old man / ...
The Vise 1955 TV Series Edgar Brookes / Richard Martell / Larry Spence
Police Dog 1955 Johnny, a constable
The Dark Avenger 1955 French Patrol Captain at Tavern (uncredited)
The Time War 2017 post-production Narrator (voice)
That Lady 1955 Captain
The Hunting of the Snark 2017 post-production Narrator (voice)
Cross-Roads 1955 Short Harry Cooper
Angels in Notting Hill 2015 The Boss / Mr. President (voice)
Destination Milan 1954 Svenson
Deus ex Machina 2 2015 Video Game The Programmer (voice)
Colonel March of Scotland Yard 1954 TV Series Jeanpierre
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 Saruman
The Mirror and Markheim 1954 Short Visitant
Lego the Hobbit: The Video Game 2014 Video Game Narrator / Saruman the White (voice)
Innocents in Paris 1953 Lieutenant Whitlock (uncredited)
The Girl from Nagasaki 2013 Old Officer Pinkerton
Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales 1952 Short
Extraordinary Tales 2013 Narrator (segment "The Fall of the House of Usher") (voice)
Moulin Rouge 1952 Georges Seurat (uncredited)
Night Train to Lisbon 2013 Father Bartolomeu
Babes in Bagdad 1952 Slave dealer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 Saruman
Bombay Waterfront 1952 Sir Felix Raybourne
Dark Shadows 2012 Clarney
Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow 1952 Russian Agent (uncredited)
Hugo 2011 Monsieur Labisse
The Crimson Pirate 1952 Joseph - Military Attaché
The Wicker Tree 2011 Old Gentleman
Valley of the Eagles 1951 Det. Holt
The Resident 2011 August
Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. 1951 Spanish Captain
Season of the Witch 2011 Cardinal D'Ambroise
Prelude to Fame 1950 Newsman
Burke and Hare 2010 Old Joseph
They Were Not Divided 1950 Chris Lewis
The Heavy 2010 Mr. Mason
The Gay Lady 1949 Hon. Bongo Icklesham
Alice in Wonderland 2010/I Jabberwocky (voice)
Scott of the Antarctic 1948 Bernard Day
Glorious 39 2009 Walter
Penny and the Pownall Case 1948 Jonathan Blair
Triage 2009 Joaquín Morales
A Song for Tomorrow 1948 Auguste
Boogie Woogie 2009 Mr. Alfred Rhinegold
Hamlet 1948 Spear Carrier (uncredited)
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days 2009 Video Game DiZ (English version, voice)
One Night with You 1948 Pirelli's Assistant
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 Count Dooku (voice)
Corridor of Mirrors 1948 Charles
The Color of Magic 2008 TV Mini-Series Death
Kaleidoscope 1946-1947 TV Series
The Golden Compass 2007 First High Councilor
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ 2007 Video Game DiZ Ansem the Wise (English version, voice)
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king 2006 Video Game Saruman the White (voice)
Kingdom Hearts II 2005 Video Game DiZ Ansem the Wise (English version, voice)
Pope John Paul II 2005 TV Mini-Series Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski
Corpse Bride 2005 Pastor Galswells (voice)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 Dr. Wonka
The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby 2005 The Lord Provost
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 Count Dooku
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth 2004 Video Game Saruman (voice)
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent 2004 Video Game Francisco Scaramanga (voice)
EverQuest II 2004 Video Game Lucan D'Lere (voice)
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age 2004 Video Game Saruman the White (voice)
Les rivières pourpres 2 - Les anges de l'apocalypse 2004 Heinrich von Garten
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 Saruman (extended edition)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 Video Game Saruman (voice)
Freelancer 2003 Video Game voice
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Saruman
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2002 Count Dooku Darth Tyranus
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 Saruman
Conquest: Frontier Wars 2001 Video Game Anvil / Headquarters (voice)
Les redoutables 2001 TV Series La mort
Ghost Stories for Christmas 2000 TV Mini-Series M.R James (voice)
Gormenghast 2000 TV Mini-Series Flay
In the Beginning 2000 TV Mini-Series Rameses I
The Rocky Interactive Horror Show 1999 Video Game Narrator (voice)
Sleepy Hollow 1999 Burgomaster
The New Adventures of Robin Hood 1997-1998 TV Series Olwyn
Jinnah 1998 Mohammed Ali Jinnah
Tale of the Mummy 1998 Sir Richard Turkel
The Odyssey 1997 TV Series Tiresias
Wyrd Sisters 1997 TV Mini-Series Death (voice)
Soul Music 1997 TV Mini-Series Death
Ivanhoe 1997 TV Mini-Series Lucas de Beaumanoir
Welcome to the Discworld 1996 Short Death
The Stupids 1996 Evil Sender
Sorellina e il principe del sogno 1996 TV Movie Azaret
Tales of Mystery and Imagination 1995 TV Series The Host / Host / Prince Prospero
Moses 1995 TV Movie Ramses
Street Gear 1995 TV Series Nick Dupont
The Tomorrow People 1995 TV Series Sam Rees
A Feast at Midnight 1994 Raptor
Police Academy: Mission to Moscow 1994 Commandant Rakov
Funny Man 1994 Callum Chance
Ghosts 1994 Video Game Dr. Marcus Grimalkin / Himself
Detonator 1993 TV Movie General Benin
Cyber Eden 1992 Cedric
Double Vision 1992 TV Movie Mr. Bernard
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles 1992 TV Series Count Ottokar Graf Czerin
Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls 1992 TV Movie Sherlock Holmes
Beauty and the Beast 1992/I Video Monsieur Renard (voice)
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady 1991 TV Movie Sherlock Holmes
Curse III: Blood Sacrifice 1991 Dr. Pearson
Journey of Honor 1991 King Philip
The Rainbow Thief 1990 Uncle Rudolf
The Care of Time 1990 TV Movie Karlis Zander
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 Doctor Catheter
L'avaro 1990 Cardinale Spinosi
Treasure Island 1990 TV Movie Blind Pew
Honeymoon Academy 1989 Video Lazos

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement 2013-2014 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Return of Captain Invincible 1983 performer: "Evil Midnight", "Name Your Poison"
Nutcracker Fantasy 1979 performer: "In Your Heart of Hearts", "Click Clock Fantasy"
The Wicker Man 1973 performer: "Sumer is Icumen In", "Tinker Of Rye" - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of a Legend 2003 Video documentary producer
Nothing But the Night 1973 producer - uncredited

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Man with the Golden Gun 1974 stunt driver - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside 'The Man with the Golden Gun' 2000 Video documentary short source: stills

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement 2016 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Drakul 2015 TV Movie acknowledgment
The Freddy Jenkins Show 2015 TV Mini-Series in memory of - 1 episode
The Resident 2011 personal thanks
The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry 2010 Documentary thanks - as Sir Christopher Lee
Stone of Destiny 2008 very special thanks
Bloody Jess 2007 TV Movie documentary thanks
The Fall of Fu Manchu 2003 Video documentary short special thanks
The Rise of Fu Manchu 2003 Video documentary short special thanks
Christopher Lee: Mr. Holmes, Mr. Wilder 2003 Video documentary short special thanks
Perversion Stories 2002 Video documentary short special thanks
And the Word Was Bond 1999 TV Movie documentary thanks
Frankenstein and Me 1996 special thanks
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1993 special thanks
Dieter & Andreas 1989 Short grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Voices from the Underworld 2006 Video short Himself
2005 Women's World Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
It's All for Real: The Stunts of Episode III 2005 Video short Himself
Planet Voice 2005 TV Series Himself
Star Wars: Feel the Force 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel 2005 TV Series Himself
Cast & Crew 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Different Faces, Different Flavors 2005 Video documentary short Himself
A Filmmaker's Journey: Making 'The Return of the King' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Cameras in Middle-Earth 2004 Video documentary Himself
Editorial: Completing the Trilogy 2004 Video documentary short Himself
From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Passing of an Age 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Ultimate Film 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Greasepaint and Gore, Part 2: The Hammer Monsters of Roy Ashton 2004 Documentary short Himself
Greasepaint and Gore: The Hammer Monsters of Phil Leakey 2004 Documentary Himself
Christopher Lee: A Life in Films 2003 TV Movie Himself
National Geographic: Beyond the Movie - The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dracula's Bram Stoker 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself - Actor
J.R.R. Tolkien: Origins of Middle-Earth 2003 Video documentary short Himself - Saruman
The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth 2003 Video documentary short Himself
This Morning 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Drácula en la Hammer 2003 Documentary short
Richard & Judy 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
2003 World Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
The Fall of Fu Manchu 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The Rise of Fu Manchu 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Christopher Lee: Mr. Holmes, Mr. Wilder 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The 100 Greatest Movie Stars 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of a Legend 2003 Video documentary Himself
From Hollywood to Borehamwood 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Whales of Atlantis: In Search of Moby Dick 2003 Documentary Narrator (voice)
To the Devil... The Death of Hammer 2002 Video documentary short Himself
James Bond: A BAFTA Tribute 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Happy Anniversary Mr. Bond 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Best Ever Bond 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cameras in Middle-Earth 2002 Video documentary Himself - Saruman
Costume Design 2002 Video documentary short Himself - Saruman
Episode II: Behind the Scenes 2002 Video documentary Himself
From Book to Script 2002 Video documentary short Himself - Saruman
From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in 'Episode II' 2002 Video documentary Himself
The Fellowship of the Cast 2002 Video documentary short Himself - Saruman
Weta Workshop 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Perversion Stories 2002 Video documentary short Himself
2002 World Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Two Wizards 2002 Video documentary short Himself
The Heaven and Earth Show 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
Leute heute 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Actor's Notebook: Christopher Lee 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Turning Points 2001 TV Series Himself
Burnt Offering: The Cult of the Wicker Man 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
National Geographic Explorer 2001 TV Series documentary Himself / Saruman the White
Live Lunch 2001 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
The Big Breakfast 2001 TV Series Himself
A Passage to Middle-earth: The Making of 'Lord of the Rings' 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Quest for the Ring 2001 TV Short documentary Himself
R2-D2: Beneath the Dome 2001 TV Special short Himself (uncredited)
The Wicker Man Enigma 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Once Upon a Time in Europe 2001 TV Series documentary Presenter / Introduction
Nulle part ailleurs cinéma 2001 TV Series Himself
E! Mysteries & Scandals 2000-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Îles du diable - L'archipel des mondes perdus 2001 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Ian Fleming: 007's Creator 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Inside 'The Man with the Golden Gun' 2000 Video documentary short Himself / Franciso Scaramaga
Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend 2000 Video documentary short Himself / The Burgomeister
Death of an Empire 2000 TV Series Narrator
Legends 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
And the Word Was Bond 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dare to Dream 1998 Documentary Himself
Ex-S 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
A-Z of Horror 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Strictly Supernatural 1997 TV Series Narrator
100 Years of Horror: The Aristocrats of Evil 1996 Video documentary Host / Narrator
100 Years of Horror: The Count and Company 1996 Video documentary Host / Narrator
100 Years of Horror: The Double Demons 1996 Video documentary Host / Narrator
100 Years of Horror: The Evil Unseeable 1996 Video documentary Host / Narrator
100 Years of Horror: The Frankenstein Family 1996 Video documentary Host / Narrator
100 Years of Horror: The Monster Makers 1996 Video documentary Host / Narrator
100 Years of Horror: The Walking Dead 1996 Video documentary Host / Narrator
100 Years of Horror: Witchcraft and Demons 1996 Video documentary Host / Narrator
A Century of Science Fiction 1996 Video documentary Narrator
The Many Faces of Christopher Lee 1996 Video documentary Himself
In Search of Dracula with Jonathan Ross 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
Lights, Camera, Action!: A Century of the Cinema 1996 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
100 Years of Horror 1996 TV Series documentary Himself - Host / Himself / Host - Narrator
Tales of Mystery and Imagination 1995 TV Series Himself - Host
A Pleasant Terror: The Life and Ghost of M.R. James 1995 TV Movie documentary
In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Vampire Interviews 1995 Video documentary Himself
The Big Picture 1993-1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Gottschalk Late Night 1995 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1974-1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror 1994 TV Movie documentary Narrator / Himself
The Little Picture Show 1994 TV Series Himself
Stern TV 1994 TV Series documentary Himself
Biography 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Le divan 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Fear in the Dark 1991 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Això és massa! 1991 TV Series Himself
Wahre Wunder 1991 TV Series Himself - Host
ARD-Mittagsmagazin 1990 TV Series Himself - Guest
Der grosse Preis 1990 TV Series Himself
An Invitation to Remember 1989 TV Series Himself
Nase vorn 1988-1989 TV Series Himself / LKW-Fahrer
Secret World 1988 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
WWF Club 1988 TV Series Himself
Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood! 1987 TV Movie documentary Himself
Stars in der Manege 1987 TV Series documentary Himself
Wetten, dass..? 1987 TV Series Himself
The Mind of David Berglas 1986 TV Series Himself
The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes 1985 Video documentary Host
Tele-Illustrierte 1984 TV Series Himself
Àngel Casas Show 1984 TV Series Himself - Guest
Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler 1983 Video documentary Himself - Narrator
Witness the Impossible 1983 TV Movie Himself - Host
Sunday, Sunday 1983 TV Series Himself
Auf los geht's los 1983 TV Series Himself
International Pro-Celebrity Golf: Six of the Best 1981 TV Series Himself
Whicker's World 1968-1980 TV Series Himself
The American Movie Awards 1980 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Mike Douglas Show 1975-1979 TV Series Himself - Actor / Himself -Actor
The Bob Wilkins Super Horror Show 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
Looks Familiar 1978 TV Series Himself - Guest
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1978 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1978 TV Series Himself - Host / Henry Higgins / Mr. Death / ...
Science Fiction Film Awards 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Mysteries from the Unknown: The Occult 1977 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Film '72 1977 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Squares 1975 TV Series Himself
In Search of Dracula 1975 Documentary Himself Vlad Tepes Count Dracula
Stars on Sunday 1975 TV Series German Singer
Clapper Board 1974 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1974 TV Series Himself - Guest
Just a Nimmo 1974 TV Series Himself
Russell Harty Plus 1973 TV Series Himself / Himself - Special Guest
Theatre Macabre 1971 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
Treffpunkte 1971 TV Series documentary Himself
Cuadecuc, vampir 1971 Documentary Himself / Count Dracula (as Cristopher Lee)
Cinema 1971 TV Series documentary Himself
London aktuell 1970 TV Series documentary Himself
Apropos Film 1970 TV Series documentary Himself
Beat-Club 1969 TV Series Himself
Quelle horreur mon saigneur Dracula 1969 TV Short documentary Himself
Film Review 1968 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1968 TV Series Himself
Tonight with Dave Allen 1967 TV Series Himself
Hinter der Leinwand 1967 TV Series documentary Himself
Victims of Vesuvius 1967 Documentary short On-screen narrator
Horror 1964 TV Movie documentary Himself
Face of Unity 2014 Documentary
Timeshift 2014 TV Series documentary Himself - Actor
Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics 2013 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Brisant 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Christopher Lee: A Legacy of Horror and Terror 2012 Video documentary Himself
56th BFI London Film Festival 2012 TV Special documentary Himself - Presenter
Everything or Nothing 2012 Documentary Himself
British Legends of Stage and Screen 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Shoot the Moon: The Making of 'Hugo' 2012 Video short Himself
Episode II: Crew and Cast Interviews 2011 Video documentary short Himself
Seitenblicke 2008-2011 TV Series documentary Himself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Academy Fellowship Ricipient
Midnight Madness: The History of Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Christopher Lee - Gentleman des Grauens 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
On the Edge of War: Uncovering 'Glorious 39' 2010 Video short Himself
Troldspejlet 2001-2009 TV Series Himself - Actor / Himself
American Masters 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
Na plovárne 2009 TV Series Himself
Fanex Files: Hammer Films 2008 Video documentary Himself
Visions from the Enchanted Lands 2007 Video Himself
Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs 2007 Documentary Narrator
Prominent! 2007 TV Series Himself
Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
Hollywood Chinese 2007 Documentary Himself
Ein Leben wie im Flug 2007 TV Movie Himself
Caiga quien caiga 2007 TV Series Himself
100 Years Under the Sea: Shipwrecks of the Caribbean 2007 Video documentary Narrator
Amazon Trek: In Search of Vanishing Secrets 2007 Video documentary Narrator
Bloody Jess 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Breakfast 2003-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
2006 Women's World Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Morning Glory 2006 TV Series Himself
Wogan Now & Then 2006 TV Series Himself
The Witch's Dungeon: 40 Years of Chills 2006 Video documentary Himself
Tim Burton: Dark vs. Light 2006 Video short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix 2017 Video Game DiZ Ansem the Wise
The Other Dracula - The Vampire Films of John Carradine 2016 Video documentary short Narrator
The 88th Annual Academy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)
22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Welcome to the Basement 2013-2016 TV Series Lord Summerisle Himself Count Dracula ...
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Himself
The Drunken Peasants 2015 TV Series Count Dooku
A Conversation with Jack Taylor 2015 Video documentary short Count Dracula (uncredited)
Handsome Harker 2015 Video documentary short Count Dracula
Stake Holders: An Appreciation of Jess Franco's 'Count Dracula' 2015 Video short Count Dracula (uncredited)
Dante's Domicile 2015 TV Series Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton
Wogan: The Best Of 2015 TV Series Himself
Gentleman Gothic: Gordon Hessler at American International Pictures 2015 Video documentary short Various Roles (uncredited)
Neil Sean Meets... 2015 TV Series Sir Henry
Uta Screams Again!: Interview with Uta Levka 2015 Video documentary short Fremont (uncredited)
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix 2014 Video Game DiZ Ansem the Wise
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films 2014 Documentary Corrigan (uncredited)
Ouija Are You There? 2013 Short Voice #1
The Culture Show 2013 TV Series documentary Duc de Richleau
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2007-2013 TV Series documentary Count Dracula Dracula The Creature
Lego the Lord of the Rings: The Video Game 2012 Video Game Saruman the White
Top Gear 2012 TV Series Francisco Scaramanga
Frankenstein Reborn: The Making of a Hammer Classic 2012 Video documentary short The Creature
Dracula vs. Vampir 2012 Documentary short Dracula
Frankenweenie 2012 Movie Dracula (uncredited)
Erik Schumann über 'Der flüsternde Tod' 2012 Video documentary short Bill (uncredited)
Tod in der Sonne: Ein Interview mit Jürgen Goslar 2012 Video documentary short Bill (uncredited)
Wie fotografiert man den flüsternden Tod? Interview mit Wolfgang Treu 2012 Video documentary short Bill (uncredited)
Back to Black: The Making of Dracula Prince of Darkness 2012 Video documentary short Dracula
Mansome 2012 Documentary Fu Manchu
Halloween: The Inside Story 2010 TV Movie documentary
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself Creature Count Dracula ...
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape 2010 Documentary Himself
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 2010 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Margaret John: National Treasure 2010 TV Movie documentary Sherlock Holmes
Memòries de la tele 2009 TV Series Himself
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! 2008 Documentary Himself
The McCartney Years 2007 Video documentary Himself
Have I Got News for You 2007 TV Series Count Dracula
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia 2007 TV Short documentary Himself
British Film Forever 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood 2007 TV Movie documentary
Beloved Count 2007 Video documentary short Count Dracula
On Location with 'The Man with the Golden Gun' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II 2006 Video Game Saruman
Timeshift 2005 TV Series documentary Sherlock Holmes
Ban the Sadist Videos! 2005 Video documentary Himself
Cineastas contra magnates 2005 Documentary Dracula (uncredited)
Science of Star Wars 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 Video Game Count Dooku
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game 2005 Video Game Count Dooku (uncredited)
Police Academy: Mission to Moscow - Underneath the Mission 2004 Video documentary short Commandant Rakov (uncredited)
Sendung ohne Namen 2002 TV Series documentary Saruman
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster 2002 Video documentary The Monster (uncredited)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Video Game Saruman the White
Bond Girls Are Forever 2002 TV Movie documentary Francisco Scaramanga (uncredited)
Gomorron 2001 TV Series Himself
Midsomer Murders 2001 TV Series Dracula
Llámale Jess 2000 Documentary Himself
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service 1999 Video Count Ottokar Graf Czernin
The James Bond Story 1999 TV Movie documentary Francisco Scaramanga (uncredited)
Nightmare: The Birth of Victorian Horror 1996-1997 TV Series documentary Sir Henry Baskerville The Creature Count Dracula
In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes 1996 TV Movie documentary Sherlock Holmes
The World of Hammer 1994 TV Series documentary The Creature Captain Robeles The Mummy ...
The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue 1985 Video short Dr. Victor Gannon
Fright Night 1985 Dracula
The Best of All Time Horror Classics 1985 Video documentary Dracula
James Bond: The First 21 Years 1983 TV Movie documentary Francisco Scaramanga
Fade to Black 1980 uncredited
The Horror Show 1979 TV Movie documentary
Light Entertainment Killers 1969 TV Movie Colonel Mannering
The Avengers 1969 TV Series Professor Stone
Lolita 1962 Frankenstein's Creature (uncredited)
Final Column 1955 Larry Spence
Man in Demand 1955 Martell

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Cinema for Peace Honorary Award Cinema for Peace Awards Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) · Justin Chadwick (director)
· Nelson Mandela
2013 BFI Fellowship British Film Institute Awards
2013 Excellence Award Locarno International Film Festival
2011 Academy Fellowship BAFTA Awards BAFTA Film
2008 Festival President's Award Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
2007 Capri Legend Award Capri, Hollywood
2007 Golden Dolphin Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival For his career.
2003 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
2003 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Brad Dourif
· Bernard Hill
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2003 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Brad Dourif
· Bernard Hill
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2003 Living Treasure Award Seattle Film Critics Awards
2003 SFX Award SFX Awards, UK Lifetime Achievement Award
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award Empire Awards, UK
2002 Special Award Evening Standard British Film Awards For lifetime achievement.
2002 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Sean Astin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Ian Holm
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· Elijah Wood
2001 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Sean Austin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Ian Holm
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· Elijah Wood
1995 Lifetime Achievement Award Bram Stoker Awards
1994 Dilys Powell Award London Critics Circle Film Awards
1993 Career Award Fantafestival
1984 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Actor For his contributions to the fantastc film genre.
1983 Caixa de Catalunya Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Best Actor House of the Long Shadows (1983) · Vincent Price
· Peter Cushing
· John Carradine
1979 Life Career Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 VGA Spike Video Game Awards Best Performance by a Human Male GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004)
2003 DVDX Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Elijah Wood
· Sean Astin
· John Rhys-Davies
· Billy Boyd
· Dominic Monaghan
· Orlando Bloom
· Sean Bean
· Bernard Hill
· Miranda Otto
· David Wenham
· Brad Dourif
· Karl Urban
· John Noble
· Craig Parker
· Andy Serkis
2003 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Bernard Hill
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Karl Urban
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Brad Dourif
· Bernard Hill
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2002 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · Sean Astin
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Brad Dourif
· Bernard Hill
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· Miranda Otto
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· David Wenham
· Elijah Wood
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Ian McKellen
2002 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Sean Astin
· Sean Bean
· Cate Blanchett
· Orlando Bloom
· Billy Boyd
· Ian Holm
· Ian McKellen
· Dominic Monaghan
· Viggo Mortensen
· John Rhys-Davies
· Andy Serkis
· Liv Tyler
· Hugo Weaving
· Elijah Wood
1980 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Arabian Adventure (1979)
1979 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor The Wicker Man (1973)

TitleSalary
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) £40,000
Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht (1970) $80,000
Dracula (1958) $1,360

#Quote
1 Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.
2 People sometimes come up to me, and they say, "I've seen all your films, Mr. Lee," and I say, "Oh no, you haven't.".
3 Whenever I take a role, I try to find an element in the character which appeals to me and then go to work. Occasionally, you have doubts about how the finished film will look after it's been edited, but that's a chance you always take. I play every part for what it's worth - for its merits, no matter how big or small. What's that old cliché? "There are no small roles, only small actors." It's true.
4 I try to describe acting as a combination of the three D's and the three I's. Discipline, dedication, devotion. Imagination, instinct, intelligence. Even if all my films haven't pleased everybody, I'd like people to realize that I've always given each film my all. I would like to think that I've shown integrity and dedication in every one of my roles. I always do my best and, you know, I really do love what I do.
5 Most people find my villains memorable because I try to make them as unconventional as possible. They are not overt monsters. It's easy to play a "heavy" straight down the middle, 100%, but it's boring. I don't think I've ever played a villain who didn't have some unusual, humanizing trait. When I look back at my men with the black hats, they've always had something else going for them, whether it be a sardonic sense of humor or a feeling of desolation. I always try to throw as many curves the audience's way as possible. That's probably why people enjoy my villainy.
6 [from a 1983 magazine interview] Quite frankly, I'm grateful to Dracula. If people today remember me in the role and still enjoy it, I'm flattered. If, through some strange twist of fate, I was able to take a character some 25 years ago and create an impact where by I suddenly became known throughout the world, how can I complain?
7 If you're playing a heroic character, it's very hard not to make him a total bore. But, with a villainous character, there are many, many levels in which you can present him. He can be amusing. He can be lonely. He can be mad, childish, naive, futuristic. You can't play heroes like that. It's impossible. You just can't imbue them with all those characteristics. But, when you toy with the dark side of the soul, imagination comes into the forefront. You can enjoy it more and, hence, communicate that joy to the audience.
8 Such is the power of the screen that people are sometimes apt to confuse the public image with the private individual. When I meet people socially, I'm occasionally greeted with reactions along the lines of "You mean you read books? You enjoy music? You play golf?" It's very strange. People expect me to behave off-screen as I do on. Of course, they don't expect to find me slaughtering people in all directions, but, for instance, their reaction is "I don't believe it! You're an actor! You're not supposed to sing!" And most people expect me to behave in a certain way socially. Children are the shrewdest of my fans. No child has ever drawn back from me in real life. They sense that my roles are fairy tales, morality plays.
9 It doesn't bother me to be remembered as Dracula. Why should it? What does bother me is when people say, "Ah yes, there goes Dracula," or "There goes the horror king." It simply isn't true. I'm quite annoyed when people don't acknowledge that I've done anything else.
10 One day, I hope somebody will sum up my career thus: "He was different". That would satisfy me.
11 Of course, you can be... disappointed at times. I've done movies which are remarkably horrid. I've been wildly miscast in others. I've given some truly lackluster performances in still others. But, it's all part of your training.
12 To be a legend, you've either got to be dead or excessively old.
13 When the Second World War finished, I was 23 and already I had seen enough horror to last me a lifetime. I'd seen dreadful, dreadful things, without saying a word. Seeing horror depicted on film doesn't affect me much.
14 "Good" people... being persistently noble can become rather uninteresting. There is a dark side in all of us. And for us "bad" people, the bad side dominates. I think there is a great sadness in villains, and I have tried to put that across. We cannot stop ourselves doing what we are doing.
15 I hate being idle. As dear Boris [Boris Karloff] used to say, when I die I want to die with my boots on.
16 [from an interview in 2011] Please don't describe me as a "horror legend". I moved on from that.
17 [on Johnny Depp's hints at retiring from acting] Johnny is a star - and that's not a term I ever use lightly. There are not a lot of them around today. It makes me sad that such a genuinely talented person is considering giving it all up.
18 I think that - apart from the fields of science and medicine - we live in an age of decline. Look at the world. There is decline in morals, ideals, manners, respect, truthfulness: just about everything, in fact.
19 I prefer to watch the old movies. The film stars of today, in my opinion, don't compare with their predecessors. The best are very good, but the last giant of cinema, I think, was Bette Davis. One actor I admire, who could become a giant, is Johnny Depp. He has elements that other actors don't possess.
20 I would rather have been an opera singer than anything else.
21 You can never be a proper actor without good instincts.
22 A real actor has to have an awful lot of imagination, and I do have a great deal.
23 I will play no more monsters. Dracula is different; he is such an exciting person.
24 (2003) I vote Conservative, and I think Michael Howard is the ideal person to lead the party. When the last election was won by Labour, I said to my wife, "The man we need is Michael Howard", and I've said it ever since. He is an honourable man and his power lies in the fact that he is a splendid debater. Ann Widdecombe's comment (that Howard had "something of the night" about him) is meaningless, as far as I'm concerned.
25 Anthony Hopkins used to say, "I don't play villains, I play people," and it's a quote I use all the time. There's not much attractive about Hannibal Lecter though, although he's obviously charming and there's a side to him that's like Scaramanga (a Bond villain played by Lee), although far, far worse. He was quite stomach-churning.
26 (on Vincent Price and Peter Cushing) They were both grand masters of their art but more importantly as human beings... wonderful people, wonderful actors and I miss them very very much.
27 [on Peter Cushing] He really was the most gentle and generous of men. I have often said he died because he was too good for this world.
28 [on how he was cast as the monster in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)] I was asked to play the creature chiefly because of my size and height which had effectively kept me out of many pictures I might have appeared in during the preceding ten years. Most British stars flatly refused to have me anywhere near them in a film, because I was easily the tallest man around.
29 I think acting is a mixture of instinct, imagination and inventiveness. All you can learn as an actor is basic technique.
30 Acting is like a snowstorm or perhaps a large empty vacuum. I'm not deluded by the fact that I'm getting all these offers for work, I'm very happy about it, but I know also that there is the other side and who knows, next year, they may not offer me anything. You never know.
31 I was once asked what I thought was the most disquieting thing you could see on the screen and I said, "An open door".
32 (on the technology used to film Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)) The advances have been phenomenal. There is a monitor on the camera there that is static, a monitor on the crane, and all these monitors scattered all over the place. What he's seeing is what you will see when you see the movie.
33 I've always acknowledged my debt to Hammer. I've always said I'm very grateful to them. They gave me this great opportunity, made me a well-known face all over the world for which I am profoundly grateful.
34 In my opinion - and I think I know as much if not more about Bond than anyone, particularly about the characters on whom [Ian Fleming] told me Bond was based - Pierce Brosnan was by far the best and closest to the character.
35 [Criticizing Hollywood's obsession with youth] The problem today, and I think it's a very dangerous one for the people concerned, is that there are quite large numbers of very young men and women from 18 to 30, and they are playing very large parts in huge films and they simply, through no fault of their own, don't have the background and the experience and the knowledge to pull if off. And it's dangerous for them because if they are in one failure after another, sooner or later people are going to say, "Well, he may have a pretty face but he's not bringing the public in." So many of these good-looking - sometimes even pretty - boys and girls are getting these good roles and it's not fair on them. At some point, it's going to catch up.
36 [on the Rhapsody DVD documentary special edition of "The Dark Secret"] One should try anything he can in his career, except folkdance and incest.
37 When you're involved in a war it's the old saying "If your name's written on the bullet, there's nothing you can do about it." So you just banished it from your mind. Of course, I was scared on some occasions and anyone who says they aren't scared during an operation probably isn't telling the truth. I know about six people who had no fear. Literally none. Whether that was due to a lack of imagination or because they'd conquered it, I don't know. In fact, one was Iain Duncan Smith's father, who was one of my closest friends. But during a war, people are taught to kill and they have the blessings of the authorities to do so, so if it's your life or somebody else's, you want to be quite sure it's not yours.
38 I've seen many men die right in front of me - so many in fact that I've become almost hardened to it. Having seen the worst that human beings can do to each other, the results of torture, mutilation and seeing someone blown to pieces by a bomb, you develop a kind of shell. But you had to. You had to. Otherwise, we would never have won.
39 Some of the films I've been in I regret making. I got conned into making these pictures in almost every case by people who lied to me. Some years ago, I got a call from my producers saying that they were sending me a script and that five very distinguished American actors were also going to be in the film. Actors like José Ferrer, Dean Jagger and John Carradine. So I thought, "Well, that's alright by me." But it turned out it was a complete lie. Appropriately, the film was called End of the World (1977).
40 [on doing Military Intelligence in World War II] When people say to me, you know, were you in this? Were you in that? Did you work in this? Did you work in that? I always used to say "Can you keep a secret?". And they would say "Yes, yes" and I would say "So can I".
41 (on his friendship with Peter Cushing) I don't want to sound gloomy, but, at some point of your lives, every one of you will notice that you have in your life one person, one friend whom you love and care for very much. That person is so close to you that you are able to share some things only with him. For example, you can call that friend, and from the very first maniacal laugh or some other joke you will know who is at the other end of that line. We used to do that with him so often. And then when that person is gone, there will be nothing like that in your life ever again.
42 In Britain, any degree of success is met with envy and resentment.
43 There are many vampires in the world today - you only have to think of the film business.
44 Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff didn't like the word "horror". They, like I, went for the French description: "the theatre of the fantastique".
45 I stopped appearing as Dracula in 1972 because in my opinion the presentation of the character had deteriorated to such an extent, particularly bringing him into the contemporary day and age, that it really no longer had any meaning.

#Trademark
1 His beard which he grew in his later years
2 Towering height and slender frame
3 Roles in Hammer Horror films
4 Frequently played imposing, menacing villains
5 Deeply melodic basso voice

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