We pay tribute to legendary actor and musician Sir Christopher Lee who passed away on Sunday, aged 93, due to respiratory problems and heart failure, the Daily Telegraph reported.
He may have always presented a very professional and stoic face to the world, but in his own words, he was “much softer than people think. I don’t present to the world an emotional face. I’m pretty good at self-control, but I am easily moved.”
Lee initially made his name with Hammer horror films, such as The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1965). He then went on to play such iconic roles as Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man (1973) and Scaramanga in James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). In more recent years, he was best known for portraying Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Count Dooku in the last two Star Wars prequels.
Other than an incredibly prolific film career, Sir Christopher Lee was also well known for his voice work in video games. He reprised several of his film roles, such as Saruman in a whole swathe of LOTR games, and Scaramanga in Goldeneye: Rogue Agent (30 years after playing the character originally). He also portrayed Ansem the Wise/DiZ in Kingdom Hearts 2 and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and Lucan D’Lere in Everquest 2. Most recently, Lee was the narrator in the Lego The Hobbit video game.
As a heavy metal fan, I also feel that it’s my duty to draw attention to Sir Christopher Lee’s amazing career in music. He released the critically acclaimed heavy metal album, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross (2010) which he followed up with Charlemagne: The Omens of Death (2013). He also released several EPs, including metal covers of Christmas songs.
With his incredible acting talent, and the glorious bass tones of his voice, Sir Christopher Lee was a man of countless talents. He could speak many languages (including French and German fluently) and even served a stint in the armed forces between 1939-1946.
I’ll end with a quotation from the man himself: “To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead or excessively old!” However, I disagree, Sir Christopher Lee has been a legend for a long long time.
Rest in piece Sir Christopher Lee, you’ll be sorely missed and remembered fondly for your many incredible works.