‘James Bond’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ villain, Sir Christopher Lee, dead at 93

Christopher Lee

Another acting legend has passed on.

Sir Christopher Lee, known recently for his roles in Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, passed away on Sunday at the age of 93. He had gone into the hospital for some respiratory problems.

Lee had a long career that included playing Dracula, Frankenstein, Count Dooku in Star Wars, Saruman in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and the villain, Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun. Prior to being a film actor, Lee was a member of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War, an intelligence service at times attached to the SAS. He also was a member of a heavy metal rock band, By The Sword and Cross.

He also did voice work on video game companions to the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies as well as the popular Disney/Square Enix series, Kingdom Hearts.

Lee was most recently seen reprising his role as Saruman in the final movie in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy and was set to appear in a small movie called Angels in Notting Hill at some point in the near future.

 

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