Iconic actor, Sir Christopher Lee, died on Sunday, at the age of ninety-three, according to a spokesman, on Thursday. The delay was to allow for all family members to be notified.
He was born in London, England, on May 27, 1922, to a Lieutenant Colonel father, and a mother considered to be one of the most beautiful women of the time.
At the beginning of what would become WWII, he volunteered for the Finnish Army, for a short stint. As the war grew, he felt the call, and joined the Royal Air Force, in 1941.
However, he was deemed unable to safely fly, due to medical conditions. This led to his application to join RAF Intelligence, where he served in Egypt. Lee’s duties then saw him moved, as the Allies advanced, through North Africa, followed by Malta, Sicily, and Italy.
Immediately after the war, his fluency in multiple languages, saw him assigned in the tracking down of Nazi war criminals. There he witnessed the atrocities of the concentration camps, and interrogated suspects.
While at lunch, in 1946, his cousin suggested that he try acting as a career. Lee quickly fell in love with the idea and began pursuing it.
At first, it was difficult for him to find work, as he was considered too tall, being six foot five. Most of his early work saw him as an extra, but then began getting action roles.
Then in 1957, his break came, when he was cast as Frankenstein’s monster, in The Curse of Frankenstein. After that he played Dracula, in a series of movies. From then on Lee was an iconic villain. His only major escape from horror films, was various roles in Sherlock Holmes films, including playing as the detective himself.
In 1977, to avoid being further typecast, in horror films, Lee left for America, and surprised many with his comedic side during a SNL appearance. That performance led to roles in comedies and dramas, as well as non horror villain roles. Through the eighties and nineties, his roles saw him spend a lot of time on the TV screen.
In 2001, his career saw a renewal, due to two major roles, that he took. The first, as Saruman, in the Lord of The Rings movies. The second, as Count Dooku, in two of the Star Wars movies. Those roles brought him to a new generation, as iconic villains. Over the next decade he played in many roles, of all genres.
Having sang, his entire life, Lee had performed songs, in various movies, since the eighties. In 2010, he released his first of several heavy metal albums. Those albums included heavy metal Christmas music.
Beginning in 1997, he received royal British honors, for his works. This led to his knighting, in 2009, for “Services to drama and charity”.
Sir Christopher Lee’s life is one of inspiration to many. His life long works will be treasured by humanity for as long as civilization lasts.