Christopher Lee, the man known for portraying many villains throughout his career, has passed away. He lived a long life and enjoyed many years on the big screen, appearing in more than 200 films over his career.
Lee died at the age of 93 after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure. He was known as the master of horror and played the role of the villain as good as anyone in the history of film.
He enjoyed a lengthy career on the big screen including his first film in 1948 with Corridor Of Mirrors and most recently appearing in The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies, portraying one of the characters that he was most known for playing, Saruman.
— Dominic Monaghan (@DomsWildThings) June 11, 2015
An extraordinary man and life lead, Sir Christopher Lee. You were an icon, and a towering human being with stories for days. We'll miss you.
— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) June 11, 2015
Christopher Lee died at 8:30 am on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, although his wife chose to hold back the information to the public until all of his family members and friends could be informed.
He was married to Birgit Kroencke, a former Danish model. They had been married for more than 20 years and had one daughter together, Christina.
He continued to impress audiences late in his years, and would never fully give up acting, with one more film yet to be released, Angels In Notting Hill, where he plays a godly figure who looks after the universe. He was supposed to star opposite Uma Thurman in The 11th, but that film was not scheduled to begin filming until November.
PM: Saddened to hear of Sir Christopher Lee's death, a titan of Golden Age of Cinema & distinguished WW2 veteran who'll be greatly missed
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) June 11, 2015
Lee was well known for playing Dracula, which he did in several films, and also appeared in several other horror films early on in his career such as The Wicker Man in 1973 and was introduced to a new generation with his roles in the Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings franchises.
Scared the living daylights out of me for years. And I loved him for it. RIP Christopher Lee pic.twitter.com/i2sKDXAMhU
— Omid Djalili (@omid9) June 11, 2015
In addition to his extensive film career, he also experimented with music. He first played on The Wicker Man soundtrack and later released his first full-length album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010. His 2013 single “Jingle Hell” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 22, which made him the oldest living artist ever to enter the charts.
Christopher Lee was born in Belgravia, London, in 1922 to a military father and an aristocratic mother. He has received a number of tributes from fellow actors and important figures and will surely be missed in the acting community.