Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee one of the most renowned actor in history died at the age of 93. The actor was reported to have died on Sunday, 7th June at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure. The news of his death was delayed by his wife in order to inform the family.
He’s been The Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster, Willy Wonka’s Dad, the Emperor of China, the Grim Reaper, Lucifer, Grigory Rasputin, Charles Marlow, Ramses, Tiresias the Blind Prophet of Thebes, Vlad the Impaler, one role where he’s simply credited as “Ship’s Vampire”, and another where he’s “Resurrection Joe.” He’s hosted SNL and been in Police Academy, the Last Unicorn, Charlie’s Angels, Season of the Witch, Gremlins II, a Polish Tales from the Crypt-style TV series and a softcore porn based on the works of Marquis de Sade, played Saruman in Lord of the Rings, Shaka Zulu, A Tale of Two Cities, The Wicker Man, Moby-Dick and the Hamlet.
You already know about all this, but did you know of some of these lesser know facts about the horror master ?
- SIR CHRISTOPHER’S LINAGE CAN BE TRACED BACK TO CHARLEMAGNE, THE FIRST HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE.
- FAMOUS FOR PLAYING THE WIZARD SARUMAN IN THE FAMOUS FRANCHISE, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, HE WAS ONE OF THE FEW MEN IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TO HAVE ACTUALLY MET J.R.R. TOLKIEN, THE AUTHOR OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS’ SERIES.
- HE HAD HIS OWN MUSICAL SIDE PROJECT AND HAS RECORDED MULTIPLE HEAVY METAL ALBUMS. HE HAS EVEN WON A SPIRIT OF METAL AWARDS.
- HE HAS BEEN NAMED THE TALLEST LEADING ACTOR IN HISTORY BY GUINNESS AS HE STANDS AT 196CM.
- WHEN HE WAS YOUNG, HIS MOTHER WOKE HIM UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO MEET SOME SPECIAL GUEST, WHO TURNED OUT TO BE RASPUTIN’S KILLERS, PRINCE YUSOPOV AND DMITRI PAVLOVICH. COINCIDENTALY HE ALSO STARRED IN THE MOVIE RASPUTIN LATER IN LIFE.
- HE WAS A PART OF THE LRDP (LONG RANGE DESERT PATROL), SPECIAL OPERATIONS(BETTER KNOWN AS WINSTON CHURCHILL’S MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY AFFAIRS) AND SAS (SPECIAL AIR SERVICE), ONE OF THE ELITE FORCES DURING THE WORLD WAR II. HIS ACTIONS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIT TILL DATE REMAINS CLASSIFIED AND HE NEVER INDULGES IN THE DETAILS HIMSELF.
- HE IS RELATED TO THE FAMOUS AMERICAN CIVIL WAR GENERAL, ROBERT E. LEE AND IS COUSIN TO IAN FLEMING. (AUTHOR OF THE JAMES BOND SERIES AND A NAVAL INTELLIGENCE OFFICER DURING WW II)
- CHRISTOPHER LEE IS FAMILIAR WITH WHAT A BACK-STAB SOUNDS LIKE. SINCE HIS ASSOCIATION WITH THE DELICATE WORK OF WW II, HE PROVIDED IMPORTANT DETAILS IN THE STAB SCENES IN THE MOVIES HE WORKED IN.
- HE IS THE ONLY PERSON TO PLAY BOTH SHERLOCK HOLMES AND MYCROFT HOLMES.
- HE HAS BEEN KNIGHTED BY THE PRINCE OF WALES, CHARLES AT THE BUCKINGHAM PALACE INVESTITURE CEREMONY.
He’s portrayed Englishmen, Egyptians, Spaniards, Transylvanians, Frenchmen, Greeks, Poles, Chinese, Indians, Italians, Wallachians, Romans, Germans, Arabs, Gypsies, and Russians. Such a fine actor shall be remembered through time with his brilliant work in the film industry. May his soul rest in peace.