Thursday, June 11, 2015

Obituary: Christopher Lee

British actor and singer Sir Christopher Lee, 93, known for playing villains in numerous films, has died. His wife of some 50 years said he died Sunday, but she decided to hold off the announcement until all of his family members were told of his death.

Lee, known for playing Dracula, was knighted in 2009.

Acting for decades, he also sang every now and then. Close to 90 years old in 2011, he recorded "Jingle Hell." It actually made the Billboard top 100, making him the oldest living performer ever to chart there.


Born in Belgravia in London in 1922 to a military father and an aristocratic mother, Lee’s film career started in 1947 with a role in gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors. However, it wasn’t until the late 50s, when Lee worked with Hammer, that he started gaining fame. His first role with the studio was The Curse of Frankenstein and it was the first of 20 films that he made with Peter Cushing. “Hammer was an important part of my life, and generally speaking, we all had a lot of fun,” he said in a 2001 interview.

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