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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