Christopher Lee

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Self-described with typical good humor as "tall, dark and gruesome," Christopher Lee was a remarkably prolific leading man and character actor whose six decades-long film career made him among the world's most popular ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1922 in Belgravia, London, City of, GB

Filmography

Actor (185)

Curse of the Crimson Altar 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Filial Party 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

I Monster 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 (Movie)

Saruman (Actor)

Night Train to Lisbon 2013 (Movie)

Father Bartolomeu (Actor)

The Girl from Nagasaki 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dark Shadows 2012 (Movie)

Carney (Actor)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

Saruman (Actor)

The Wicker Tree 2012 (Movie)

Old Gentleman (Actor)

Burke and Hare 2011 (Movie)

Old Joseph (Actor)

Hugo 2011 (Movie)

Monsieur Labisse (Actor)

Season of the Witch 2011 (Movie)

Cardinal D' Ambroise (Actor)

The British Academy Film Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (Movie)

Jabberwocky (Actor)

Boogie Woogie 2010 (Movie)

Alfred Rhinegold (Actor)

The Resident 2010 (Movie)

August (Actor)

Glorious 39 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Heavy 2009 (Movie)

Mr. Mason (Actor)

Triage 2009 (Movie)

Joaquín Morales (Actor)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Count Dooku (Actor)

The Colour of Magic 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 (Movie)

Gentleman Ghost (Actor)

The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

First High Councilor (Actor)

Pope John Paul II 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 (Movie)

Dr. Wonka (Actor)

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 (Movie)

Count Dooku (Actor)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Pastor Galswells (Actor)

Las Rivieres Pourpres 2: Les Anges de L'Apocalypse 2004 (Movie)

Heimmerich von Garten (Actor)

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 2002 (Movie)

Count Dooku (Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

Saruman (Actor)

Marco Polo 2000 (Movie)

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Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

Burgomaster (Actor)

The New Adventures of Robin Hood 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Jinnah 1998 (Movie)

Mohammed Ali Jinnah (Actor)

Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stupids 1996 (Movie)

Evil Sender (Actor)

A Feast at Midnight 1994 (Movie)

Major Longfellow--Raptor (Actor)

Funny Man 1994 (Movie)

Callum Chance (Actor)

Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow 1994 (Movie)

Commandent Rakov (Actor)

Alistair MacLean's Death Train 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The No-Tell Hotel 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

Count Dracula (Actor)

Jackpot 1992 (Movie)

Cedric (Actor)

Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Shogun Mayeda 1992 (Movie)

King Philip (Actor)

Double Vision 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Disputation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Curse III: Blood Sacrifice 1990 (Movie)

Doctor Pearson (Actor)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

Dr Catheter (Actor)

Honeymoon Academy 1990 (Movie)

Lazos (Actor)

L' Avaro 1990 (Movie)

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The Rainbow Thief 1990 (Movie)

Uncle Rudolph (Actor)

Treasure Island 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

La Revolution Francaise 1989 (Movie)

Sanson (Actor)

Murder Story 1989 (Movie)

Willard (Actor)

The Return of the Musketeers 1989 (Movie)

Rochefort (Actor)

Mio min Mio 1988 (Movie)

Kato--The Wicked Knight (Actor)

Dark Mission 1987 (Movie)

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The Girl 1987 (Movie)

Peter Storm (Actor)

Jocks 1986 (Movie)

President White (Actor)

The Howling II... Your Sister Is a Werewolf 1985 (Movie)

Stefan Crosscoe (Actor)

Safari 3000 1984 (Movie)

Lorenzo Borgia (Actor)

The Rosebud Beach Hotel 1984 (Movie)

Clifford King (Actor)

The Return of Captain Invincible 1983 (Movie)

Mr Midnight (Actor)

The Salamander 1983 (Movie)

Director Baldassare (Actor)

House of the Long Shadows 1982 (Movie)

Corrigan (Actor)

The Last Unicorn 1982 (Movie)

of King Haggard (Voice)

Charlie's Angels 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

An Eye For an Eye 1980 (Movie)

Morgan Canfield (Actor)

Captain America II 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Serial 1980 (Movie)

Luckman (Actor)

1941 1979 (Movie)

Von Kleinschmidt (Actor)

Arabian Adventure 1979 (Movie)

of Alquazar (Voice)

Desperate Moves 1979 (Movie)

Dr Boxer (Actor)

Jaguar Lives! 1979 (Movie)

Adam Caine (Actor)

The Passage 1979 (Movie)

Gypsy (Actor)

Bear Island 1978 (Movie)

Professor Lechinski (Actor)

Caravans 1978 (Movie)

Sardar Khan (Actor)

Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride 1978 (Movie)

Count Dracula (Actor)

Nutcracker Fantasy 1978 (Movie)

of Uncle Drosselmeyer/Street Singer/ Puppeteer/Watchmaker (Voice)

Return From Witch Mountain 1978 (Movie)

Dr Victor Gannon (Actor)

The Silent Flute 1978 (Movie)

Zetan (Actor)

Airport 77 1976 (Movie)

Martin Wallace (Actor)

Dracula Pere et Fils 1976 (Movie)

The Count Dracula (Actor)

End of the World 1976 (Movie)

Father Pergado/Zindar (Actor)

Starship Invasions 1976 (Movie)

Captain Rameses (Actor)

The Keeper 1976 (Movie)

The Keeper (Actor)

To the Devil, a Daughter 1975 (Movie)

Father Michael Rayner (Actor)

In Search of Dracula 1974 (Movie)

Dracula (Actor)

In Search of Dracula 1974 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Revenge of the Dead 1974 (Movie)

Narration(prologue) (Narrator)

The Diamond Mercenaries 1974 (Movie)

Chilton (Actor)

The Four Musketeers 1974 (Movie)

Rochefort (Actor)

The Man With the Golden Gun 1974 (Movie)

Scaramanga (Actor)

The Wicker Man 1974 (Movie)

Lord Summerisle (Actor)

Whispering Death 1974 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Diagnosis: Murder 1973 (Movie)

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La Boucher, la Star et l'Orpheline 1973 (Movie)

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Dark Places 1972 (Movie)

Dr Mandeville (Actor)

Deathline 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Three Musketeers 1972 (Movie)

Rochefort (Actor)

Dracula A.D. 1972 1971 (Movie)

Count Dracula (Actor)

Hannie Caulder 1971 (Movie)

Bailey (Actor)

Julius Caesar 1971 (Movie)

Artemidorus (Actor)

Nothing But the Night 1971 (Movie)

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Panico en el Transiberiano 1971 (Movie)

Professor Alexander Caxton (Actor)

The Creeping Flesh 1971 (Movie)

James Hildern (Actor)

Scream and Scream Again 1970 (Movie)

Fremont (Actor)

Taste the Blood of Dracula 1970 (Movie)

Dracula (Actor)

Count Dracula 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cuadecuc (Vampir) 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dracula Has Risen From the Grave 1969 (Movie)

Dracula (Actor)

Eugenie 1969 (Movie)

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The House That Dripped Blood 1969 (Movie)

Reid (Actor)

The Magic Christian 1969 (Movie)

Dracula (Actor)

The Oblong Box 1969 (Movie)

Dr Neuhartt (Actor)

The Scars of Dracula 1969 (Movie)

Count Dracula (Actor)

Umbracle 1969 (Movie)

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Blood Fiend 1967 (Movie)

Philippe Darvas (Actor)

The Devil Rides Out 1967 (Movie)

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The Brides of Fu Manchu 1966 (Movie)

Fu Manchu (Actor)

The Pit and the Pendulum 1966 (Movie)

Count Regula (Actor)

She 1965 (Movie)

Billall (Actor)

Dracula - Prince of Darkness 1964 (Movie)

Dracula (Actor)

The Face of Fu Manchu 1964 (Movie)

Fu Manchu (Actor)

The Skull 1964 (Movie)

Collector (Actor)

Rasputin the Mad Monk 1963 (Movie)

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The Gorgon 1963 (Movie)

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Das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen 1960 (Movie)

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The Pirates of Blood River 1960 (Movie)

LaRoche (Actor)

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll 1960 (Movie)

Paul Allen (Actor)

Beat Girl 1959 (Movie)

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Hercules in the Haunted World 1959 (Movie)

Lichas (Actor)

A Tale of Two Cities 1958 (Movie)

Marquis St Evremonde (Actor)

Bitter Victory 1958 (Movie)

Sergeant Barney (Actor)

Horror of Dracula 1958 (Movie)

Count Dracula (Actor)

Night Ambush 1958 (Movie)

German Officer (Actor)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1958 (Movie)

Sir Henry Baskerville (Actor)

The Man Who Could Cheat Death 1958 (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

The Mummy 1958 (Movie)

Kharis (Actor)

Battle of the V-1 1957 (Movie)

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Beyond Mombasa 1957 (Movie)

Gil Rossi (Actor)

The Curse of Frankenstein 1957 (Movie)

The Creature (Actor)

The Truth About Women 1957 (Movie)

Francois (Actor)

Port Afrique 1956 (Movie)

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Storm Over the Nile 1956 (Movie)

Kraga Pasha (Actor)

The Cockleshell Heroes 1956 (Movie)

Submarine Commander (Actor)

The Pursuit of the Graf Spee 1956 (Movie)

Manola, Cantina Manager (Actor)

Private's Progress 1955 (Movie)

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That Lady 1955 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

The Warriors 1955 (Movie)

Captain of the Guard (Actor)

Moulin Rouge 1953 (Movie)

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The Crimson Pirate 1952 (Movie)

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Hamlet 1948 (Movie)

Palace Guard (Actor)

The Phantom of the Opera 1925 (Movie)

Himself/Host (Actor)

100 Years of Horror (TV Show)

Actor

Around the World in 80 Days (TV Show)

Actor

Captain Horatio Hornblower (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Corridors of Blood (Movie)

Resurrection Joe (Actor)

Goliath Awaits (TV Show)

Actor

Gormenghast (TV Show)

Actor

In the Beginning (TV Show)

Actor

Ivanhoe (Movie)

Lucas de Beaumanoir (Actor)

Massarati and the Brain (TV Show)

Actor

Moses (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Spy (TV Show)

Actor

Poor Devil (TV Show)

Actor

Saraband for Dead Lovers (Movie)

Bit (Actor)

Shaka Zulu (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Music (TV Show)

Voice

Tales of the Haunted (TV Show)

Actor

The Far Pavilions (TV Show)

Actor

The Odyssey (TV Show)

Actor

Too Hot to Handle (Movie)

Novak (Actor)

Wyrd Sisters (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

Self-described with typical good humor as "tall, dark and gruesome," Christopher Lee was a remarkably prolific leading man and character actor whose six decades-long film career made him among the world's most popular and recognizable performers. He languished in bit roles for almost a decade before achieving instant fame as an elegant and sexually charged Count Dracula in "Horror of Dracula" (1958) for England's legendary Hammer Studios. Its success led to almost two decades of fright fare, during which he brought elegance and devilish charm to some of the most memorable figures in horror, including the Frankenstein Monster, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Fu Manchu. In the 1970s, he grew weary of the typecasting and successfully distanced himself from the genre with roles in Richard Lester's "Three Musketeers" (1973), "Airport '77" (1977), "1941" (1979) and even a deftly comic appearance on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). He remained exceptionally active into the 1980s and 1990s in American and international productions and television, and enjoyed a spectacular third act with significant parts in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" (1998), Episodes II and III of the "Star Wars" saga, and Peter Jackson's epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001-03). An icon to several generations of fans and filmmakers, Lee's acting career continued into his ninth decade. His death from heart failure at the age of 93 on June 7, 2015, provoked outpourings of warm remembrances from generations of fans and fellow actors.

Relationships

Ian Fleming Source Material (from novel)

Step-Cousin

Birgit Kroencke

Wife
Married March 17, 1961

Geoffrey Lee

Father
Divorced from Christopher's mother

Estelle Lee

Mother
Italian contessa Divorced from Christopher's father; later married Harcourt Rose, a banker and uncle of "James Bond" author Ian Fleming

Christina Lee

Daughter
Born Nov. 23, 1963; mother, Birgit Kroencke

Harriet Walter Actor

Niece

EDUCATION

Wellington College

Won scholarships in the study of classics

Milestones

2012

Returned to Middle Earth as Saruman in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson

2011

Cast in Martin Scorsese’s family adventure "Hugo"

2010

Re-teamed with Burton for a fifth time for "Alice in Wonderland" as the villainous Jabberwock

2008

Voiced Count Dooku in the animated feature "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"

2007

Collaborated with Burton for a fourth time on "Sweeney Todd," playing the spirit of Sweeney Todd's victims called The Gentleman Ghost

2005

Played Willy Wonka's (Johnny Depp) father in Tim Burton's adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic tale "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

2005

Reprised role of Count Dooku in "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith"

2003

Again portrayed Saruman in the third and final "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

2002

Reprised Saruman role in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"

2002

Portrayed the villainous Count Dooku in "Star Wars: Episode II – The Attack of the Clones"

2001

Cast as Saruman in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

1999

Played a burgermeister in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"

1998

Portrayed the title role in "Jinnah," a biopic of the founder of Pakistan

1997

Appeared as Tiresias in the NBC miniseries "The Odyssey"

1996

Played Pharaoh to Ben Kingsley's Moses in the TNT miniseries "Moses"

1996

Portrayed the Evil Sender in John Landis' "The Stupids"

1993

Cast as the disaffected Soviet military leader General Konstatin Benin in the USA Network movie "Alistair MacLean's Death Train"

1992

Reprised role of Sherlock Holmes for two syndicated miniseries' "Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls" and "Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady"

1992

Director John Landis integrated footage from "Horror of Dracula" into his "Innocent Blood"; gave both Lee and Cushing credits in the film

1990

Underwent a two-hour makeup transformation for his portrayal of Blind Pew in Fraser Heston's adaptation of "Treasure Island"

1989

Cast as Andrew Stuart in the NBC miniseries "Around the World in 80 Days"

1986

Played Lord Bathurst in the syndicated miniseries "Shaka Zulu"

1984

Acted the part of Kaka-ji Rao in the HBO miniseries "The Far Pavilions"

1982

Last film with Cushing, "The House of Long Shadows"

1982

Portrayed Prince Philip in the ABC movie "Charles and Diana: A Royal Love Story"

1981

Cast as Chuck Norris' nemesis in "An Eye for an Eye"

1980

Delivered a comic turn as a gay biker in the feature film "Serial"

1979

Did a final turn as Rochefort in Lester's "The Return of the Musketeers"

1979

Acted in Steven Spielberg's "1941"

1979

Provided voices for the animated feature "Nutcracker Fantasy"

1978

Portrayed the mad scientist Victor in Disney's "The Return from Witch Mountain"

1977

Appeared in "Airport '77" as famous oceanographer Martin Wallace

1975

Reprised Rochefort role for Lester's "The Four Musketeers"

1974

Played Comte de Rochefort in Richard Lester's "The Three Musketeers"

1974

Cast as assassin Scaramanga in the James Bond film "The Man With the Golden Gun"

1973

Starred in Robin Hardy's classic cult film "The Wicker Man"

1973

Reteamed with Cushing for third and final pairing as Dracula-Von Helsing in "Satanic Rites of Dracula" (released in United States as "Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride")

1972

Formed Charlemagne Production with Anthony Nelson Keys

1969

Joined Price and Peter Cushing for "Scream and Scream Again"

1969

Portrayed Sherlock Holmes' brother Mycroft in Billy Wilder's "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes"; the only actor to have played both brothers

1968

Teamed with Vincent Price for "The Oblong Box"

1968

Last film with Fisher, "The Devil Rides Out"

1966

Brilliantly over-the-top as Rasputin in "Rasputin - the Mad Monk"

1965

Played Fu Manchu (first of five portrayals) in "The Face of Fu Manchu"

1965

Second time around as Dracula in Fisher's "Dracula – Prince of Darkness"

1962

Played Sherlock Holmes in Fisher's "Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace"

1959

First foray into Sherlock Holmes genre, playing Sir Henry Baskerville in Fisher's "The Hound of the Baskervilles"

1959

Took on title role of "The Mummy"; Fisher directed and Cushing co-starred

1958

Portrayed the sadistic Marquis St Evremonde in "A Tale of Two Cities"

1958

First of 10 films as Count Dracula, "The Horror of Dracula"; directed by Fisher and co-starred Cushing as Von Helsing

1957

Breakthrough role as the Creature in Fisher's "The Curse of Frankenstein"; also starred Peter Cushing

1953

Worked with director John Huston on "Moulin Rouge"; also starring Peter Cushing

1951

Acted in Raoul Walsh's "Captain Horatio Hornblower"

1948

First of 12 films with director Terence Fisher, "A Song For Tomorrow"

1948

Film debut, as Charles in "Corridor of Mirrors"

1948

Appeared as a Palace Guard in Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet"; first film with actor Peter Cushing

Bonus Trivia

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Served as a flight lieutenant in Britain's Royal Air Force before transferring to Intelligence Service

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Lee became an Officier, Ordre des Arts et Lettres (France), in 1973. During World War II, he received the Polania Restituta and Czechoslovak medal for valor.

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Lee was fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Swedish, Danish and Greek, as well as English.

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"The only character I played over-the-top, though, because there was no alternative, was Rasputin [in 'Rasputin – the Mad Monk' (1966)]. [As far as Fu Manchu] I had to restrain myself there, because I didn't want to offend Oriental people. I tried to play Fu Manchu the way he was described in the books, as a man of giant intellect, totally cold and inhuman, but with great dignity. I must say, however, that the most irritating makeup is the 'Chinese eye.' That's murder." – Lee quoted in Interview Magazine, June 1996

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He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in June 2001.

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Lee was knighted by Prince Charles on Oct. 30, 2009. He was honoured by the Prince of Wales for his services to drama and charity.

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"When the Second World War finished I was 23 and already I had seen enough horror to last me a lifetime. I’d seen dreadful, dreadful things, without saying a word. So seeing horror depicted on film doesn't affect me much." -- The Guardian, June 11, 2015

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