Knowledge Identifier: +Christopher_Lee
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
He made his film debut in Terence Young's Gothic romance "Corridor of Mirrors" in 1947
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
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"
The film was produced by Harry Alan Towers, for whom Lee had worked repeatedly in the 1960s
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"
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
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
Lee appears on Peter Knight and Bob Johnson's 1970s concept album "The King of Elfland's Daughter"
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
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"
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
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"
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"
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
William Chambers (publisher) - He was played by Christopher Lee in the 2005 feature film "Greyfriars Bobby"
My Way - British actor Christopher Lee covered the song on his 2007 album "Revelation", producing a music video for promotion
In 2011, Lee appeared in "The Resident" alongside Hilary Swank and the critically acclaimed "Hugo" directed by Martin Scorsese
The Hobbit (film series) - On 11 January 2011, it was confirmed that Christopher Lee would reprise his role as Saruman the White
In 2012, Lee marked his fifth collaboration with Tim Burton by appearing in his film adaptation of the gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"
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"
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
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"