Sir Christopher Lee 1922 - 2015

Written by Martin Unsworth Thursday, 11 June 2015

Movie News

The legendary Sir Christopher Lee has passed away aged 93.

He was a veteran of almost 300 movies over a career that spanned seven decades. Among his most well-known roles were Count Dracula, Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man (a role he considered his best and favourite), villain Scaramanga in James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, both Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes (and Henry Baskerville), and more recently, Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. There is very little the gentle giant of cinema didn’t accomplish. A multi-linguist, he often made films abroad without the need to be re-dubbed.

As well as being an incredible acting talent, Sir Christopher was an accomplished singer, mainly in the operatic style, who in the last few years released several heavy metal albums.

Sir Christopher died on Sunday, June 7th at 8.30am. His family chose to withhold the announcement so all family members could be informed first.

It’s impossible to put into words just how important Sir Christopher was not only to genre films, but to cinema in general. He will be greatly missed.

STARBURST sends its thoughts and sympathy to his family and friends.



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0 #4 Alan Parry 2015-06-13 10:38
The end of an era! Farewell Sir Christopher, thank you for so many hours of spine tingling pleasure - you will be sadly missed by many.
+1 #3 Ian Smith 2015-06-11 16:30
As a horror movie fan, I'd worshipped the ground he trod on ever since I was a kid. As a heavy metal fan, when I found out that he'd started to record heavy metal albums when he was in his eighties, I threw my arms heavenwards and exclaimed, "Is there anything this man cannot do?!"
+1 #2 Paul Mount 2015-06-11 15:09
The passing of yet another legend. But what a legacy, what an influence on us all. I shall watch The Wicker Man tonight and raise a glass...
+1 #1 Jordan Royce 2015-06-11 13:15
A bloke who went way beyond his art and became an ambassador for being British. His contribution to everything that Starburst covers spanned our entire lifespan. He got us all hooked on horror, and yet remained throughout the quintessential English gentleman. This guy was a legend in every sense of the word, and he kept working to entertain us right up until the curtain went down for the last time.

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