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Christopher Lee (1922 – 2015)

Christopher Lee (1922 – 2015)

Film, Music
Christopher Lee, "Scars of Dracula"
Christopher Lee in “Scars of Dracula,” 1970

“I was once asked what I thought was the most disquieting thing you could see on the screen and I said, ‘An open door.'”

The lauded English actor Christopher Lee, who died on June 7 at 93, is best known for his role as Count Dracula in a string of popular Hammer Horror films. Other notable 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).  If you put stock in such things and regard them as an achievement, that is quite a lot of franchises for an octogenarian actor.

Christopher Lee was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009, received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011 and received the BFI Fellowship in 2013. According to Wiki, Lee himself 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.)

You may be asking yourself, “But did he sing?”  I unearthed a video that will answer your questions.  Here is a video of Lee singing a duet with a man with Robert Plant hair and Liza Minnelli vibrato; a can’t miss combination.

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