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Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee
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Birth Date

May 27, 1922


June 7, 2015


United Kingdom

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Dark Brown

Eye color

Dark Brown


6 ft 4.5 in | 194 cm


75 kg | 165.5 lbs

Shoe size

11 US | 44 EU

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was born in Belgravia, London, England, United Kingdom, on May 27, 1922, was an English actor.

Young Christopher Lee first started performing in a school production of "Rumpelstiltskin", in role as the demonic lead.

He got his television debut in anthology series Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents (1953-1956) in various roles.

He made his big screen debut in British drama film Corridor of Mirrors (1947) in role as Charles.

Christopher's breakthrough performances came in British horror films: The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) as The Creature and Dracula (1958) as Count Dracula.

He landed his Hollywood debut with disaster film Airport '77 (1977) in role as Martin Wallace.

Best Movies

He played Saruman in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and the Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014).

He portrayed Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002–2005).

He was nominated for two Saturn Awards for Best Actor for his roles as Lord Summerisle in horror thriller film The Wicker Man (1973) and as Alquazar in fantasy adventure film Arabian Adventure (1979).

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) action spy with Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Maud Adams

Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) supernatural horror opposite Barbara Shelley and Francis Matthews

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) gothic horror mystery with Peter Cushing and André Morell

The Mummy (1959) horror opposite Peter Cushing and Yvonne Furneaux

The Devil Rides Out (1968) horror with Charles Gray, Niké Arrighi and Leon Greene

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) mystery crime opposite Robert Stephens and Colin Blakely

The Four Musketeers (1974) adventure action with Faye Dunaway, Raquel Welch and Oliver Reed

Horror Express (1973) science fiction horror opposite Silvia Tortosa and Peter Cushing

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) musical fantasy with Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore and Helena Bonham Carter

The City of the Dead (1960) supernatural horror opposite Venetia Stevenson, Betta St. John and Patricia Jessel

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) supernatural horror with Linda Hayden and Geoffrey Keen

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) supernatural horror opposite Veronica Carlson and Barbara Ewing

Taste of Fear (1961) thriller with Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis and Ann Todd

The House That Dripped Blood (1971) opposite John Bryans, John Bennett and John Malcolm

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) horror with Peter Cushing and Donald Sutherland

Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) horror opposite Peter Cushing and Stephanie Beacham

The Whip and the Body (1963) gothic horror with Daliah Lavi and Tony Kendall

The Gorgon (1964) horror opposite Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco and Barbara Shelley

Scars of Dracula (1970) horror with Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley and Patrick Troughton

The Creeping Flesh (1973) horror opposite Peter Cushing and Lorna Heilbron

Hugo (2011) adventure drama directed and produced by Martin Scorsese

TV Shows

How the West Was Won (1978) Western television series in role as The Grand Duke

The Far Pavilions (1984) miniseries in role as Kaka-ji Rao

Shaka Zulu (1986) South African television series in role as Lord Bathurst

Around the World in 80 Days (1989) NBC miniseries in role as Stuart

The Tomorrow People (1995) science fiction television series in role as Rameses

Ivanhoe (1997) BBC and A&E Network miniseries in role as Lucas de Beaumanoir

The Odyssey (1997) adventure miniseries in role as Tiresias

The New Adventures of Robin Hood (1997-1998) TNT series in role as Olwyn

Gormenghast (2000) BBC serial in role as Flay

Pope John Paul II (2005) miniseries in role as Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński


Attended the Summer Fields School.

Studied Ancient Greek and Latin in Wellington College.

Had English and Italian ancestry.

He served in the Royal Air Force and in British Intelligence, during World War II.

Had older sister, Xandra Carandini Lee.

He was fluent in Italian, French, Spanish and German.

He voiced King Haggard in animated fantasy film The Last Unicorn (1982) and Jabberwock in live-action/animated dark fantasy adventure movie Alice in Wonderland (2010).

Received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1994.

He was knighted by Prince Charles in 2009.

Received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011.

He was an avid golfer.

Christopher died on June 7, 2015, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, United Kingdom, at the age of 93.


He was married to Birgit "Gitte" Krøncke (1961-2015), they had a daughter, Christina Erika Carandini Lee.

Has been in relationship with Henriette Von Rosen, in the late 1950s.

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