Christopher Lee (English actor and singer)

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Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ (27 May 1922 – 7 June 2015) was an English actor, singer, author, and World War II veteran. With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films. His other film roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014), and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002 and 2005).

Lee was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009, received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011 and received the BFI Fellowship in 2013. Lee considered his best performance to be that of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998), and his best film to be the British horror film The Wicker Man (1973).

Always noted as an actor for his deep strong voice, Lee was also known for his singing ability, recording various opera and musical pieces between 1986 and 1998 and the symphonic metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010 after having worked with several metal bands since 2005. The heavy metal follow-up titled Charlemagne: The Omens of Death was released on 27 May 2013. He was honoured with the "Spirit of Metal" award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards ceremony.

Lee died from complications of respiratory problems and heart failure in a Chelsea hospital on the morning of 7 June 2015 at the age of 93.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 At Dawn in Rivendell The Tolkien Ensemble & Christopher Lee 1
2005 Leaving Rivendell The Tolkien Ensemble & Christopher Lee 1
2006 Revelation Christopher Lee 1
2010 Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross Christopher Lee 1
2013 Charlemagne: The Omens of Death Christopher Lee 1
Devils, Rogues & Other Villains Christopher Lee 1
Peter and the Wolf / Classical Symphony / Violin Concerto no. 1 Prokofiev; English String Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin, Hu Kun, Sir Christopher Lee 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 The Lord of the Rings: The Complete Songs & Poems The Tolkien Ensemble & Christopher Lee 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Metal Knight Christopher Lee 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Mario Lanza the Definitive Collection Christopher Lee 1

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