Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee

93 (passed away Jun. 7th, 2015)
May. 27th, 1922
Born in
Belgravia, London, England, UK
6' 5

Christopher Lee's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The New Adventures of Robin Hood TV Show
The New Adventures of Robin Hood
The Colour of Magic (UK) TV Show
The Colour of Magic (UK)
A History Of Horror With Mark Gatiss (UK) TV Show
A History Of Horror With Mark Gatiss (UK)
Gormenghast (UK) TV Show
Gormenghast (UK)
The Adventures Of Aggie (UK) TV Show
The Adventures Of Aggie (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
2014 - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
2012 - The Hobbit: Part 1
2012 - Dark Shadows
2012 - Frankenweenie
2011 - Burke & Hare
2010 - The Heavy
2010 - The Resident
2009 - Boogie Woogie
2009 - Glorious 39
2009 - Triage
2008 - Star Wars: The Clone Wars
2007 - The Golden Compass
2007 - Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
2005 - Corpse Bride
2005 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2005 - Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2002 - Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
2002 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2002 - Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
2001 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
1999 - Sleepy Hollow
1999 - Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy
1996 - The Stupids
1990 - Gremlins 2: The New Batch
1990 - The Rainbow Thief
1989 - The Return of the Musketeers
1989 - La chute des aigles
1986 - Jocks
1985 - Fright Night
1982 - The Last Unicorn
1980 - Serial
1979 - 1941
1978 - Caravans
1977 - End of the World
1977 - Starship Invasions
1977 - End of the World
1977 - Airport '77
1976 - Dracula père et fils
1976 - Dracula père et fils
1976 - To the Devil a Daughter
1976 - Dracula père et fils
1974 - The Man with the Golden Gun
1973 - The Three Musketeers
1973 - The Creeping Flesh
1972 - Horror Express
1972 - Dracula A.D. 1972
1972 - Death Line
1972 - Death Line
1970 - One More Time
1970 - Julius Caesar
1970 - The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
1970 - Taste the Blood of Dracula
1970 - Scream and Scream Again
1970 - Scars of Dracula
1969 - The Magic Christian
1969 - The Castle of Fu Manchu
1968 - The Devil Rides Out
1968 - The Blood of Fu Manchu
1968 - Curse of the Crimson Altar
1967 - Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel
1967 - Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel
1966 - Rasputin: The Mad Monk
1966 - The Brides of Fu Manchu
1966 - Circus of Fear
1965 - Ten Little Indians
1965 - The Face of Fu Manchu
1965 - The Skull
1964 - Il castello dei morti vivi
1964 - The Devil-Ship Pirates
1964 - The Gorgon
1963 - La frusta e il corpo
1962 - The Puzzle of the Red Orchid
1962 - Lolita
1961 - The Terror of the Tongs
1959 - The Hound of the Baskervilles
1959 - The Mummy
1959 - The Man Who Could Cheat Death
1959 - The Mummy
1958 - A Tale of Two Cities
1958 - Corridors of Blood
1957 - The Curse of Frankenstein
1957 - The Curse of Frankenstein
1956 - Alexander the Great
1955 - Alias John Preston
1952 - The Crimson Pirate
1952 - Moulin Rouge
1948 - Scott of the Antarctic
1948 - Corridor of Mirrors
1948 - Hamlet
0 - Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Sam Rees
Lucas de Beaumanoir
Professor Stone
Rodin the Gardener
Himself - Host
Wilhelm Reitlinger
King Vladimir V
[Complete List]


The British actor Christopher Lee was born in 1922 in London, England, where he and his older sister Xandra were raised by Estelle Marie and Geoffrey Trollope, a professional soldier, until their divorce in 1926. Later, while Lee was still a child, his mother married (and later divorced) Harcourt George St.-Croix (nicknamed Ingle), who was a banker. After attending Wellington College from age 14 to 17, Lee worked as an office clerk in a couple of London shipping companies until 1941 when he enlisted in the RAF during World War II. Following his release from military service, Lee joined the Rank Organisation in 1947, training as an actor in their "Charm School" and playing a number of bit parts in such films as Corridor of Mirrors (1948). He made a brief appearance in Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948), in which his future partner-in-horror Peter Cushing also appeared. Both actors also appeared later in Moulin Rouge (1952) but did not meet until their horror films together.

Lee had numerous parts in film and television throughout the 1950s but didn't achieve stardom until his association with Hammer Film Productions, which started with The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), The Mummy (1959), and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), all co-starring Peter Cushing. Lee continued his role as "Dracula" in a number of Hammer sequels throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s. During this time, he made numerous appearances as Fu Manchu, most notably in the first of the series The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), and also appeared in a number of films in Europe. With his own production company, Charlemagne Productions, Ltd., Lee made Nothing But the Night (1973) and To the Devil a Daughter (1976). By the mid-1970s, Lee was tiring of his horror image and tried to widen his appeal by participating in several mainstream films, such as The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers (1974), and the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

The success of these films prompted him in the late 1970s to move to Hollywood, where he remained a busy actor but made mostly unremarkable film and television appearances, and eventually moved back to England. Lee's career was revitalized in the early 2000s by his appearances in two blockbuster film franchises: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) (as Saruman the White) and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) (as Count Dooku). In 2001, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to the film and television industries.

  • He was cast as a ballad soloist called The Gentleman Ghost in the film adaption of the Broadway musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but his role was cut when the ballad numbers were omitted. He never filmed the scenes, however, he was present for the recording session.
  • Released the music album "Christopher Lee: Revelation" in the UK in October 2006. It includes songs like The Toreador March, O Sole Mio, Oh What a Beautiful Mornin' & My Way.
  • A distant cousin and frequent golfing partner of Bond creator 'Ian Fleming (I)' (qv), Lee was the author's personal pick for the role of _Dr. No (1962)_ (qv) in the first 007 film. The part, of course, went to actor 'Joseph Wiseman' (qv), who was brilliant. However, fans of the literary Bond might want to check out Lee's portrayal of Chinese master criminal Fu Manchu, for an idea of how 'Ian Fleming (I)' (qv) himself envisioned Dr. No.
  • Since his feature film debut in _Corridor of Mirrors (1948)_ (qv) in 1948, he has had at least one film role every year except for 1995 and 2006.
  • Once declared himself an unconditional fan of Gene Hackman.
  • In a bonding of two generations of Frankenstein's monsters, Lee and his wife were good friends with 'Boris Karloff' (qv) and his wife. This friendship wasn't as a result of them working together (they made two films together, _Corridors of Blood (1958)_ (qv) and _Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)_ (qv)) but by the coincidence that they lived next door to each other in England.
  • His daughter, Christina, was born with her legs severely deformed. They were bent at such a severe angle that they were almost backwards. She spent her first 2 years in splints. She eventually learned how to walk after the age of three and no longer needed splints.
  • He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

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