Born: May 27, 1922 - Died: June 7th 2015
Frank Carandini Lee starred in 281 films. Most would know him from his portrayal of Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy films but others also know him from his early roles as Dracula in multiple films, along with portraying The Creature character in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). He played many characters over the course of his acting career. In an interview in 2013, Lee spoke about his love of acting. “Making films has never just been a job to me, it is my life,” he said. “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 has done so much greatness for this world, it’s a sad day knowing he is no longer a part of it but his memory and many films will live on forever.
Christopher Lee was an incredible human being. I could try and summarize his life and all the great things he’s done but nothing I type would do him justice. So I am going to add interesting trivia on him below.( Source )
- Did not start acting until he was 25 years old.
- He was one of the few actors who has portrayed three different Sherlock Holmes characters: Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes and Sir Henry Baskerville.
- Since his feature film debut in Corridor of Mirrors (1948), he has had at least one film role every year except for 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2006.
- At 6 feet 5 inches, he is entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as “The Tallest Leading Actor”.
- Like his Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, he has appeared in films with three generations of Astins.
- As a veritable J.R.R. Tolkien expert and the only member of the cast who had met Tolkien himself, he often visited the Production department on the sets of the various Lord of the Rings movies to give advice and tips on the various attributes of the films.
- Read the Lord of the Rings trilogy once a year for decades, long before the film series ever got started.
He got started in films when his cousin Count Niccolo Carandini, Italy’s first post war ambassador to Britain introduced him to Filipo Del Guidice of Two Cities Film.
Rest in Peace Christopher Lee, we love you.