Belgravia, Westminster England
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Born in England on May 27, 1922, Lee attended Wellington College for three years, and then worked as a office clerk in a couple of London shipping companies. He subsequently enlisted in the RAF during the Second World War and, on finishing his army services, sought to become an actor. He struggled initially in his new career because he was discriminated as being taller than the leading male actors of his time and being too foreign-looking. However, it was when playing the monster in the Hammer film, The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) that proved to be a blessing in disguise, since the movie did successfully, leading to him being signed on for future roles in Hammer Films Productions.
Lee`s association with Hammer Productions brought him into contact with Peter Cushing and they became good friends. Lee and Cushing often than not played contrasting roles in Hammer films, where Cushing was the protagonist and Lee the villain, whether it be Van Helsing and Dracula respectively in Dracula (1958), or John Banning and Kharis the Mummy respectively in The Mummy (1959). Lee went on to play Count Dracula in a number of Hammer sequels up until the early part of the 1970s, when he finally retired from Hammer Productions.
This, of course, didn`t mean that he was through with the film business. He continued to play roles, mostly as villains, in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), opposite Roger Moore, The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974). The triumph of these movies prompted him to Hollywood, though he didn`t fare well in the film business, culminating in his returning back to England. However, the beginning of the New Millennium has relaunched his career to some degree, during which he has played Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and as Saruman the White in Lord of the Rings trilogy. Lee is committed to act as Count Dooku again in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and as Johnny Depp`s character`s father in the upcoming Tim Burton film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
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Christopher Frank Carandini Lee
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Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ (27 May 1922 – 7 June 2015) was an English actor, singer, military officer, and author. With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Lee was well known for portraying villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films, a typecasting situation he always lamented. His other film roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014), and Count Dooku in the second and third films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002 and 2005).
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Summer Fields School
Height, Deep voice
Geoffrey Trollope Lee, Harcourt "Ingle" Rose, (step father)
Estelle Marie (née Carandini di Sarzano
Marie Carandini, Great Grandmother, Juan Rodriguez (son-in-law), Dame Harriet Walter (niece), Christina Erika Lee (daughter), Ian Fleming (step-cousin)
Actor, singer, author
Place of Death
Chelsea, London, England
Dark Brown Eyes.
Cause of Death
Heart Failure and Respiratory Problems
The Wicker Man 1974
Don Giovanni by Mozart
Home Made Milestrone soup.
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Cremated, Ashes scattered
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