Christopher Lee Biography
Christopher Lee was a famous English actor and singer. Best known for his work in horror films produced by Hammer Studios. Besides appearing in Star Wars.
Lee collaborated in Star Wars with his good friend Peter Cushing. Peter played Grand Moff Tarkin. As himself portrayed Count Dooku, a character with superhuman powers.
Notably, Sir Christopher appeared as the primary villain. Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film. The man with the golden gun. Lee also worked with George Lucas on Lucas’s 1992 television series. The young Indiana Jones chronicles. In which he portrayed Count Ottokar Graf Czerin. In the episode Austria, March 1917.
Christopher played the wizard Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Impressively, this won him high accolades. Lee tried his hands at music too and came out with his CD, Revelation.
Besides, he also worked with the Italian power metal band Rhapsody of Fire. Singing in a few of their songs along with the lead singer. Lee was honored with the Spirit of Metal award in the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards.
Christopher Lee Early Life| Family
Lee was born into one of the oldest families in Europe. To a British Army Officer Geoffrey Trollope Lee and his wife, Contessa Estelle Marie. Unfortunately, his parents separated when he was still quite young. Thus his mother took him and his sister to Switzerland.
Lee was enrolled in Miss Fisher’s Academy in Wengen. Here he played his first villainous role as Rumpelstiltskin. Eventually, the family returned to London. Lee got admitted at Summer Field’s School. A preparatory school in Oxford.
Thereafter, he took a scholarship at Eton College and Wellington College. Here he was a classical scholar in ancient Greek and Latin.
Christopher Lee Wife| Daughter| Child
Lee married a Danish model Birgit ‘Gitte’ Lee in 1961. The couple got a daughter named, Christina Erika Carandini Lee.
Elegantly, Lee and his wife were listed among the fifty best-dressed over 50s. This by the Guardian in March 2013.
Christopher Lee Death| Illness
At his death, he was officially known as Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee. Lee succumbed of respiratory problems on June 11, 2015. Dying at the age of 93.
Christopher Lee Military Career
Lee enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1939. Of course, this was during the Second World War. Proudly, from where he retired later with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Moreover, he also served as an Intelligence Officer. This with the Long Range Desert Group in Northern Africa. And also in the Special Forces.
Lee was admitted to the Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects, post-war. In particular, he was assigned the task of tracking down Nazi war criminals.
Christopher Lee Acting Career
Lee entered the film industry in 1947. Consequently, he earned a seven-year contract with the Rank Organization. As a result, he got enrolled in an acting school for the rank organization.
Here young contract players were being groomed for stardom. Eventually, he made his film debut in Terence Young’s Corridors of Mirrors. This was a gothic romance.
Then came 1952. This year proved to be a turning point in his career. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. started making films at the British National Studios. Interestingly, in the same year, he appeared in John Huston’s Moulin Rouge. This was later nominated for Oscars.
Lee starred in Hammer’s The Mummy in 1959. Besides, he portrayed Rasputin in Rasputin, the mad monk in the same year. Similarly, he also played the role of Sir Henry Baskerville in The Hound of the Baskervilles still in the same year.
Christopher Lee 1960s-1990s
Lee did Sherlock Holmes and the deadly necklace in 1962. Notably, he played a leading role in the German film, The Puzzle of the red orchid. Of course, both in the same year. Christopher returned to Holmes’ films with Billy Wilder’s, The private life of Sherlock Holmes (1970).
In addition, other films in which he performed were Fu Manchu films (1965-69) and The creeping flesh’ (1972). Moreover, there is The wicker man (1973) and two German films. Namely Count Dracula and The torture chamber of Dr. Sadism.
Lee worked in few European movies as well. Including, Castle of the living dead and Horror express. Then in 1974, he was cast as James Bond villain. That is as Francisco Scaramanga in The man with the golden gun.
Lee left for America in 1977. Subsequently, doing a number of films. Including, The return of Captain Invincible (1982), and Howling II: Striba- Werewolf bitch (1985). Moreover, he appeared as Sherlock Holmes in Incident at Victoria falls (1991). Then Sherlock Holmes and the leading lady (1992).
Lee starred as a Russian Commander in Police Academy: Mission to Moscow in 1994. Then in 1998, he played the role of the founder of modern Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Of course, in the film Jinnah.
Impressively, the film received an overwhelmingly positive response in Pakistan. Excitingly, he confessed his performance in it to be the favorite role of his career so far.
Christopher Lee 2000s
Lee appeared in Stephen Poliakoff’s British drama Glorious 39 1n 2009. Alongside, a war film Triage, and Duncan Ward’s comedy Boogie Woogie.
Lee again appeared in Hammer’s film, The Resident in 2011. Alongside Hillary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. However, the film received a negative response from the critics.
Christopher Lee Major Works
Famously, Lee bagged the role of Frankenstein’s monster in Hammer’s The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957. Afterward, he appeared as the Transylvanian vampire still in Hammer’s Dracula. It was inspired by Bram Stoker’s novel of a similar name. Obviously, it was a critical and commercial success. As it was well-received by critics and fans alike.
Interestingly, he returned to the role of Dracula in Hammer’s second installment of ‘Dracula’ series in 1965. Dracula: Prince of Darkness. Similarly, it was well-received by the critics.
Moreover, he starred in Dracula has Risen from the Grave (1968) and Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969). Besides, Scars of Dracula (1970). Needless to mention, all of them were commercially successful all over.
Importantly, Lee introduced Dennis Wheatley, an occult novelist, to Hammer. Thus he made a movie based on his novel, starring Lee. The Devil rides out (1967) was the movie. Ultimately, it is considered to be Hammer’s greatest achievement.
Lee appeared in Richard Lester’s, Three musketeers in 1973. Then in the following year, he did, The four musketeers: Milady’s Revenge. Finally, in 1989, he reprised his role in The Return of the Musketeers.
Christopher Lee Awards| Achievements
Lee won International Fantasy Film Award in 1984. This was for his contribution to the fantasy film genre.
Lee won Bram Stoker’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.
Christopher was given a Special Award for lifetime achievement by evening standard British film awards in 2002. Still, in the same year, he won online film critics society award. This under the category Best Ensemble. For Lord of the rings: The fellowship of the ring. Finally, he won the Phoenix film critics society award. Under the category Best Acting Ensemble for the same movie.
Lee won MTV Movie Award in 2003. For the Best Fight in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the clones. Besides, he also won the Online film critics society award. Along with Phoenix film critics society award. This under the category Best Ensemble. For the movie, Lord of the Rings: The two towers. Still, in the same year, he earned the Living Treasure Award by Seattle film critics’ award.
Lee was awarded the BAFTA Academy Fellowship by Tim Burton in 2011. Still, in the same year, he was honored with a tribute by University College, Dublin. Besides, the Bram Stoker’s gold medal by the philosophical society of Trinity College. Similarly, the government of France made him a commander of the order of arts and letters.
Christopher Lee Trivia
- Lee appeared on the album cover Band on the run, performed by Paul McCartney’s band Wings.
- Christopher was the follower of the British Conservative Party. In particular, he was a supporter of William Hague and David Cameron.
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