Sir Christopher Lee, a veteran actor known for his starring roles in the The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Star Wars films, has sadly died. He was 93-years-old.
He passed away on Sunday, June 7 after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure, The Guardian confirmed earlier this morning.
Christopher as Saruman the White in The Lord of the Rings. (Photo Credit: R/R)
Christopher's nearly 70-year film career began in 1947 with a role in the British drama Corridor of Mirrors. He later rose to stardom when he was cast as Count Dracula in several Hammer Horror films in the 1950s.
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His most notable acting roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the 1974 James Bond flick The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman the White in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
Christopher as Dracula in January 1958. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The actor also collaborated with director and producer Tim Burton on several movies such as Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows.
"Making films has never just been a job to me, it is my life. I have some interests outside of acting — I sing and I've written books, for instance — but acting is what keeps me going, it's what I do, it gives life purpose," Christopher said in a 2013 interview with Liberty Voice.
Christopher with his wife, Brigit, in February 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Christopher — who was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity — is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, former model Birgit Kroencke, 80, and their daughter, Christina Carandini, 52.
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