Christopher Lee Dies: Acting Legend Was 93

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Legendary actor Sir Christopher Lee passed away Sunday, June 7.  He was 93.

After being admitted into Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London for respiratory issues and heart failure, the actor, who was knighted in 2009, died.

Christopher Lee as Saruman

Lee’s acting career began in 1947.  By the time of his passing, he had achieved 281 acting credits on his resume.

He is most well-known for playing Saruman the White in the Lord of the Rings franchise.

But his acting credits span a variety of iconic roles, including Dooku in Star Wars and Count Dracula in a series of vampire films throughout the ‘50s and into the ‘70s.

His most recent and final film was Angels in Notting Hill, which was released in 2014.

Christopher was slated to act in The 11th with Uma Thurman.  However, it was in preproduction when he passed.

Lee is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Birgit “Gitte” Kroencke and daughter Christina.

Our most heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones.

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Christopher Lee was born in Belgravia, England and started his acting career with a seven-year contract with Rank Organisation in 1946.

However, it was his roles in the Hammer films, beginning with The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957 that made him a well known star. He then had a successful career in horror films that includes Dracula, The Mummy, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Rasputin: The Mad Monk, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Taste the Blood of Dracula, and Scars of Dracula.

Christopher Lee has had a bit of a revitlization to his career since his role as Saurman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since then, Lee has played Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II and III. He has also played Dr. Wilbur Wonka in the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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