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Christopher Lee

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Christopher Lee

English actor add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1922.

Countries: United Kingdom (38%), United States (24%), (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Peter Cushing, Tim Burton, Sherlock Holmes

Linked to: Conservative Party, Eton College, Summer Fields School, Wellington College, Berkshire

 

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Christopher Lee was born in 1922 add something


1939

Initially, Lee volunteered to fight for the Finnish forces during the Winter War in 1939 add something


1945

In 1945, Lee gained a seven-year contract with the Rank Organisation after discussing his interest in acting with his mother's second cousin Nicolò Carandini, the Italian Ambassador add something


1946

He has performed roles in 275 films since 1946 making him the Guinness World Record holder for most film acting roles ever add something


1947

He made his film debut in Terence Young's Gothic romance "Corridor of Mirrors" in 1947 add something


1953

Hans Nielsen (actor) - He often played roles that were good-natured, likeable and elegant, such as the presiding judge in the 1953 satire "Hokuspokus", with Curt Goetz; the criminal defense attorney in "Gestehen Sie, Dr. Corda"; a commisar with Christopher Lee in "Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes"; the police chief in "Scotland Yard jagt Dr. Mabuse" and a judge in "Jugendrichter", with Heinz Rühmann


1957

Like Cushing, Lee appeared in horror films for other companies during the 20-year period from 1957 to 1977 add something


1958

A little later, Lee co-starred with Boris Karloff in the film "Corridors of Blood" , but Lee's own appearance as Frankenstein's monster led to his first appearance as the Transylvanian vampire in the 1958 film "Dracula" add something


1959

In 1959, Lee played in another film called "My Uncle is a Vampire" add something

 

The Mummy (1959 film) - "'The Mummy"' is a 1959 British horror film, directed by Terence Fisher and starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing


1960

The film was produced by Harry Alan Towers, for whom Lee had worked repeatedly in the 1960s add something

 

Yvonne Monlaur - In 1960, she starred in the Hammer horror film "The Brides of Dracula" alongside other noted British actors of the day Peter Cushing and Freda Jackson and in "The Terror of the Tongs" with Christopher Lee

 

Striptease - In 1960, the film "Beat Girl" cast Christopher Lee as a sleazy Soho strip club owner who gets stabbed to death by a stripper

 

Gia Scala - Scala co-starred with William Shatner in a 1960 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" episode entitled "Mother, May I Go Out to Swim-", another called "Deathmate", and with Christopher Lee in a 1964 "Alfred Hitchcock Hour" episode, "The Sign of Satan", as well as in other series such as "Convoy", "The Rogues", "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", "Twelve O'Clock High" , "Tarzan " , and "It Takes a Thief"

 

Robert Englund - " This role catapulted him to fame, and Englund became the first new horror movie star since Sir Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in the 1960s


1961

He has been married to former Danish model Birgit "Gitte" Lee since 1961 add something

 

Eric Pohlmann - In 1961 Pohlmann appeared in a German film adaptation of a Edgar Wallace novel "The Mystery of the Red Orchid", directed by Helmuth Ashley, and starring Marisa Mell, Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski


1962

Lee later played Holmes himself in 1962's "Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace", and returned to Holmes films with Billy Wilder's British-made "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" , in which he plays Sherlock's smarter brother, Mycroft add something


1965

Other films in which Lee performed include the series of Fu Manchu films made between 1965 and 1969, in which he starred as the villain in heavy oriental make-up; "I, Monster" , in which he played Jekyll and Hyde; "The Creeping Flesh" ; and his personal favourite, "The Wicker Man" , in which he played Lord Summerisle add something

 

Don Sharp - Also in 1965 he directed "The Face of Fu Manchu", based on the character created by Sax Rohmer, here played by Christopher Lee


1967

In 1967 he starred in an episode of "The Avengers" entitled "Never, Never Say Die." add something

 

The Devil Rides Out (film) - Production began on 7 August 1967 and the film starred Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Patrick Mower and Paul Eddington


1969

Titus Andronicus - In 1969, Robert Hartford-Davis planned to make a feature film starring Christopher Lee as Titus and Lesley-Anne Down as Lavinia, but the project never materialised


1970

Lee appears on Peter Knight and Bob Johnson's 1970s concept album "The King of Elfland's Daughter" add something

 

Lee starred in two further Dracula films for Hammer in the early 1970s, both of which attempted to bring the character into the modern-day era add something

 

Since the mid 1970s, Lee has eschewed horror roles almost entirely add something


1973

Lee appeared on the cover of the 1973 Wings album "Band on the Run", along with others including chat show host Michael Parkinson, film actor James Coburn, world boxing champion John Conteh and broadcaster Clement Freud add something


1974

In 1974, Lee finally got to play a James Bond villain when he was cast as the deadly assassin Francisco Scaramanga in "The Man with the Golden Gun" add something

 

Richard Loo - In 1974 he appeared as the Thai billionaire tycoon Hai Fat in the James Bond film, "The Man With The Golden Gun", opposite Roger Moore and Christopher Lee

 

Joanna Lumley - She appeared as "Jessica" on the big screen in "The Satanic Rites of Dracula", released in the UK on 13 January 1974, which was the last of Hammer Film's Dracula series starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee


1976

Ian Tracey - A performer at a young age, Tracey started working at the age of 11, playing in the 1976 film "The Keeper" starring Christopher Lee

 

Patrick Macnee - He played Watson three times: once alongside Roger Moore's Sherlock Holmes in a 1976 TV film, "Sherlock Holmes in New York," and twice with Christopher Lee, first in "Incident at Victoria Falls" and in "Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady


1978

In 1978, Lee surprised many people with his willingness to go along with a joke by appearing as guest host on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" add something


1980

In the 1980s, during the height of Italo Disco, he provided vocals to Kathy Joe Daylor's song "Little Witch" add something


1982

In 1982, Lee appeared in "The Return of Captain Invincible" add something


1983

Kate McEnery - She appeared in the 1983 horror film "House of the Long Shadows", which starred Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee

 

Julie Peasgood - She appeared in the 1983 horror film "House of the Long Shadows", which starred Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee


1986

He was the original voice of Thor in the German dubs in the Danish 1986 animated film "Valhalla", and of King Haggard in both the English and German dubs of the 1982 animated adaptation of "The Last Unicorn" add something


1988

Ted Newsom - Active in the WGA strike in 1988, Newsom segued into directing and producing video documentaries, notably "Flesh and Blood, the Hammer Heritage of Horror", becoming the last director to team the British horror stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, who co-narrated


1989

Peter Cushing - In 1989, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, although his friend Christopher Lee publicly opined that the honour was "too little, too late"


1991

Lee made his latest appearances to date as Sherlock Holmes in 1991's "Incident at Victoria Falls" and 1992's "Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady" add something


1994

He sings the closing credits song of the 1994 horror film "Funny Man" add something


1997

In 1997, he was appointed a Commander of the Venerable Order of Saint John add something

 

Ludo Graham - His first major work was as director of the three part TV series, Strictly Supernatural narrated by Christopher Lee and with consulting astrologer, Robert Currey for the Discovery Channel and DVD release in 1997


1998

In 1998, Lee starred in the role of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of modern Pakistan, in the film "Jinnah" add something


1999

Lee is one of the favourite actors of Tim Burton and has become a regular in many of Burton's films, having now worked for the director five times since 1999 add something


2001

On 16 June 2001, as part of that year's Queen's Birthday Honours, Lee was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire "for services to Drama" add something

 

They have a daughter named Christina Erika Carandini Lee, who married Juan Francisco Aneiros Rodriguez in July 2001 add something

 

Elijah Wood - His most hotly anticipated project, the 2001 film gave Wood top billing as Baggins, alongside a cast that included Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Sean_Bean, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, and John Rhys-Davies


2003

Lee is a supporter of the British Conservative Party, and described Michael Howard as "the ideal person to lead the party" in 2003 add something


2004

Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse - "'Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse"', known as "'Les Rivières pourpres II: Les anges de l'apocalypse"' in the French release, is a 2004 thriller-action movie starring Jean Reno, Benoit Magimel and Christopher Lee


2005

In 2005, Lee provided the voice of the Pastor Galswells in "The Corpse Bride" co-directed by Tim Burton and Mike Johnson add something

 

In 2005, Lee went on to voice the character of Pastor Galswells in "Corpse Bride" co-directed by Burton and Mike Johnson and play a small role in the Burton's reimagining of the Roald Dahl tale "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as Willy Wonka's strict dentist father Dr. Wilbur Wonka add something

 

William Chambers (publisher) - He was played by Christopher Lee in the 2005 feature film "Greyfriars Bobby"


2006

In 2006 he bridged two disparate genres of music by performing a heavy metal variation of the Toreador Song from the opera "Carmen" with the band Inner Terrestrials add something


2007

In 2007, he voiced the transcript of "The Children of Húrin", by J.R.R. Tolkien for the audiobook version of the novel add something

 

The song was featured on his album "Revelation" in 2007 add something

 

My Way - British actor Christopher Lee covered the song on his 2007 album "Revelation", producing a music video for promotion


2009

He was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009, and received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011 add something

 

He was made a Knight Bachelor "For services to Drama and to Charity" on 13 June as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2009 add something

 

The programme is distributed by Syndication Networks Corporation with a launch date of 2 March 2009 add something

 

In late November 2009, Lee narrated the Science Fiction Festival in Trieste add something

 

Hammer Film Productions - In the of summer 2009, Hammer produced in the U.S. "The Resident," a thriller directed and co-written by Finnish filmmaker Antti Jokinen and starring Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Christopher Lee


 

He was honoured with the "Spirit of Metal" award from the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards ceremony add something

 

In 2010, Lee marked his fourth collaboration with Tim Burton by voicing the Jabberwocky in Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic book "Alice in Wonderland" alongside Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway add something

 

In 2010, Lee received the Steiger award and, in February 2011, Lee was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship add something

 

In 2010, he collaborated again with Tim Burton, this time by voicing the Jabberwocky in Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic book "Alice in Wonderland" add something

 

Lee won the "Spirit of Hammer" award in the Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2010 add something

 

It was released on 15 March 2010 add something


2011

In 2011, Lee appeared in "The Resident" alongside Hilary Swank and the critically acclaimed "Hugo" directed by Martin Scorsese add something

 

In 2011, Lee was awarded the BAFTA Academy Fellowship by Tim Burton add something

 

In 2011, accompanied by his wife Birgit and on the 164th anniversary of the birth of Bram Stoker, Lee was honoured with a tribute by University College Dublin, and described his honorary life membership of the UCD Law Society as "in some ways as special as the Oscars" add something

 

The government of France made him a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2011 add something

 

On 11 January 2011, Lee announced on his website that he would be reprising the role of Saruman for the prequel film "The Hobbit" add something

 

A July 2011 behind-the-scenes featurette showed Jackson at the Pinewood Studios in London and Lee in make-up and costume as Saruman, so it would seem that production has been adjusted to accommodate Lee's travel concerns and allow him to participate in the film add something

 

The Hobbit (film series) - On 11 January 2011, it was confirmed that Christopher Lee would reprise his role as Saruman the White


2012

In 2012, Lee marked his fifth collaboration with Tim Burton by appearing in his film adaptation of the gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows" add something

 

In June 2012, he released a music video for the song "The Bloody Verdict of Verden" add something

 

In December 2012 he released an EP of heavy metal covers of Christmas songs called "A Heavy Metal Christmas" add something


2013

Known for his imposing height, Lee and his wife Birgit have been listed as among the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the "Guardian" in March 2013 add something

 

He released a second in December 2013, entitled "A Heavy Metal Christmas Too" add something


2014

In 2014, he appeared in an episode of the BBC documentary series "Timeshift" called "How to Be Sherlock Holmes: The Many Faces of a Master Detective" add something

 

Lee released a third EP of covers in May 2014, to mark his 92nd birthday add something


2015

Lee plays the part of The Programmer in the game Deus Ex Machina 2, released in March of 2015 add something

 

Lee plays the part of The Programmer in the game Deus Ex Machina 2, released in March 2015 add something

 

In May 2015, it was announced that Lee, Uma Thurman, Michael Nyqvist, Lars Mikkelsen and Lena Olin were part of an ensemble cast who had signed up to star in the Danish film "The 11th", which is set in Denmark in the hours before the September 11 attacks add something

 

Lee died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on 7 June 2015 at 8:30am after being admitted for respiratory problems and heart failure, shortly after celebrating his 93rd birthday there add something

 

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 add something

 

Mel Croucher - Mel Croucher produced a reimagination of Deus Ex Machina, starring Sir Christopher Lee, released in 2015 as "Deus Ex Machina 2", alongside a 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition of the original game including new graphics and a director's commentary


2016

He was honored by the Academy at the 2016 Oscars in the annual In Memoriam section add something

 

Lee recorded his final words for film at his Redwood Studios in Soho, London on 17th May 2016 just 3 weeks before his death on the 11th June 2015 add something


2019

In 2019, Rhapsody of Fire included a posthumous narration on their new album, The Eight Mountain, in which Lee narrated the concept story of the band's "Nephilim Empire Saga" add something