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Christopher Lee ‘The Dracula’ Dies at 93

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 6:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


British actor Christopher Lee, famed for his role as Dracula and the renegade wizard Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy has died aged 93.

Although the actor, who spent more than 50 years playing the antagonist characters died in hospital on Sunday after undergoing treatment for respiratory problems, the formal announcement was made today (Thursday) by the British Media.

This is sequel to a confirmation by an official of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London on Thursday, who said in an Associated Press report that a death certificate was issued for Lee on June 8.

Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, including playing the James Bond nemesis, Scaramanga, better known as ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.

Though normally cast as a villain, Lee cherished playing the role of the leader of the Pakistan-independence struggle, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in a film that was never released to Western audiences.

He was born Christopher Frank Carandini Lee in London on May 27, 1922, to a British army officer father who had served in the Boer War. His mother was Contessa Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano, an Edwardian socialite of Italian descent. His parents separated when he was young, and his mother later remarried Harcourt Rose, the uncle of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

In 1957, Lee launched his horror career, starring as the monster in Hammer’s “The Curse of Frankenstein.”

In 1958 Lee made his first appearance as the famous vampire in “Dracula,” opposite Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing.