Sir Christopher Lee, 93, Passes Away

Sir Christopher Lee, who was 93, passed away on Sunday, June 7th.

He is survived by his wife, Birgit, and daughter Christina Lee.

He passed away at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, England. He was suffering from respiratory and heart failure.

Sir Christopher Lee was born in 1922 to an affluent family. He was able to trace his lineage to Charlemagne. He was also cousins with Ian Fleming.

One of his first roles was a spear carrier in 1948’s Hamlet.

His career certainly went up from there.

Lee was known for roles such as The Creature in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Count Dracula in Dracula (1958), Sir Henry Baskerville in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Kharis, the Mummy in The Mummy (1959), Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), Fu Manchu in The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in Lord of the Rings (2001), and Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Lee played many of his roles several times, most notably Count Dracula.

Sir Roger Moore gave his sentiments over Twitter this morning.

He was in over 200 films, appeared in over 60 television shows, and released two heavy metal albums, one of which he called Charlemagne.

He will be truly missed.

Source: For the press release on his death, visit BBC, and for more on his filmography, click here.