Horror Hero Sir Christopher Lee Passes at 93
Hollywood’s favorite horror villain and British actor, singer, author, and knight Sir Christopher Lee passed away on June 7th at age 93.
Best known for his roles as Saruman from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Francisco Scaramanga in James Bond: The Man With the Golden Gun, Dracula in Hammer Films’ Dracula, and his favorite, Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man.
Lee’s huge impact on the film industry started when his career took off when he started his work with Hammer Films. His first film with Hammer was The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) in which he played Frankenstein’s monster. This led to his next horror film appearance as the Transylvanian vampire that we’ve all come to fear, Dracula. Lee’s performance as the blood-sucking villain of the late 50’s is one of his most well known roles to date. He went on to reprise this role in several other Hammer films including Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1965), Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969), and Scars of Dracula (1970).
While Lee was always known as Hollywood’s most evil villains, he had not a drop of evil in him. In fact, in 1997 he was appointed a Commander of the Venerable Order of Saint John, a royal order of chivalry with the mission “to prevent and relieve sickness and injury, and to act to enhance the health and well-being of people anywhere in the world.” In 2009 he was made a Knight Bachelor “for services to drama and to charity” by Prince Charles.
Sir Lee also had quite the interesting taste in music! He began his heavy metal career in 2012 releasing the holiday albums “A Heavy Metal Christmas” and “A Heavy Metal Christmas Too,” appealing to even more fans, if that’s even possible.
Many of his fellow actors sent him beautiful messages telling of how they admired their friend throughout the years they were lucky enough to know him.
We will miss you Sir Christopher Lee. Thank you for everything that you have brought not only to the world of entertainment, but to all people across the world who loved a little fear!