The sad news we’ve all been dreading has broken tonight, Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at the age of 93. It’s reported that he was admitted to London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital suffering from respiratory problems and passed away there on the 7th of June at 8.30am.
Born in 1922, Lee had left school, witnessed the last public execution ever in France, fought in the Winter War in 1939, served in the Royal Air Force in WWII including a stint in the Special Forces and spent over 10 years after the war in bit parts on stage and screen before his acting career truly began at the age of 35 in 1957. An actor, singer and author, he truly solidified himself as a star in the 50’s scaring us with roles in myriad horror movies such as The Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy and of course, Dracula.
A man of many faces Sir Christopher Lee continued to show his broad range throughout the years and more recently he brought to life Saruman in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, a role that renewed his fame with younger audiences. From 1998 – 2014 he brought out a variety of albums and singles, including the popular A Heavy Metal Christmas. With such a large body of work it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t fallen under his spell through one role or another, whether it be Count Dooku in Star Wars, as classic Bond villain Scaramanga (The Man with the Golden Gun himself) , King Haggard in The Last Unicorn or even evil Dr. Catheter in Gremlins 2: A New Batch.
From the crew here at Geek Mountain: Vale, Sir Christopher Lee and thank you for sharing your talent with the world.