Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1922-05-27
Deathday: 2015-06-07 (93 years old)

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Biography

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (27 May 1922 – 7 June 2015) was an English actor, singer and author. In an extremely long career, Lee often portrayed villains, and appeared as Count Dracula in seven Hammer Horror films, ultimately playing the role nine times. His other film roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Count Dooku in several Star Wars films (2002–2008), and Saruman in both the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and the Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014). Lee was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009, received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011, and received the BFI Fellowship in 2013. He credited three films for making his name as an actor, A Tale of Two Cities (1958), in which he played the villainous marquis, and two horror films, The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), and Dracula (1958). He considered his best performance to be that of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998), and his best film to be the British cult film The Wicker Man (1973). He frequently appeared opposite his friend Peter Cushing in horror films, and late in his career had roles in five Tim Burton films. Prior to his acting career, Lee served in the Royal Air Force as an intelligence officer, attached to the No. 260 Squadron RAF as a liaison officer for the Special Operations Executive. Following his World War II service he retired from the RAF in 1946 with the rank of flight lieutenant. Known as an actor with a deep, strong voice, Lee also sang, recorded opera and musical pieces between 1986 and 1998, and the symphonic metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010, after having worked with several metal bands since 2005. The heavy metal follow-up Charlemagne: The Omens of Death was released in 2013 on Lee's 91st birthday. He was honoured with the "Spirit of Hammer" award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards ceremony.

Early Life

Lee was born on 27 May 1922 in Belgravia, London, the son of Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Trollope Lee (1879–1941) of the 60th King's Royal Rifle Corps, and his wife, Countess Estelle Marie (née Carandini di Sarzano; 1889–1981). Lee's father fought in the Boer War and First World War, and his mother was an Edwardian beauty who was painted by Sir John Lavery, Oswald Birley, and Olive Snell, and sculpted by Clare Sheridan; her lineage can be traced to Charlemagne. Lee's maternal great-grandfather, Jerome Carandini, the Marquis of Sarzano, was an Italian political refugee; his wife, Lee's great-grandmother, was English-born opera singer Marie Carandini (née Burgess). He had an elder sister, Xandra Carandini Lee (1917–2002).Lee's parents separated when he was four and divorced two years later. During this time, his mother took his sister and him to Wengen in Switzerland. After enrolling in Miss Fisher's Academy in Territet, he played his first role, as Rumpelstiltskin. They then returned to London, where Lee attended Wagner's private school in Queen's Gate, and his mother married Harcourt George St-Croix Rose, a banker and uncle of Ian Fleming. Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, thus became Lee's step-cousin. The family moved to Fulham, living next door to the actor Eric Maturin. One night, he was introduced to Prince Yusupov and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, the assassins of Grigori Rasputin, whom Lee was to play many years later.When Lee was nine, he was sent to Summer Fields School, a preparatory school in Oxford whose pupils often later attended Eton. He continued acting in school plays, though "the laurels deservedly went to Patrick Macnee." Lee applied for a scholarship to Eton, where his interview was in the presence of the ghost story author M.R. James. His poor maths skills meant that he was placed eleventh, and thus missed out on being a King's Scholar by one place. His step-father was not prepared to pay the higher fees that being an Oppidan Scholar meant, so instead he attended Wellington College, where he won scholarships in the classics, studying Ancient Greek and Latin. Aside from a "tiny part" in a school play, he didn't act while at Wellington. He was a "passable" racquets player and fencer and a competent cricketer but did not do well at the other sports played: hockey, football, rugby and boxing. He disliked the parades and weapons training and would always "play dead" as soon as possible during mock battles. Lee was frequently beaten at school, including once at Wellington for "being beaten too often," though he accepted them as "logical and therefore acceptable" punishments for knowingly breaking the rules. At age 17, and with one year left at Wellington, the summer term of 1939 was his last. His step-father had gone bankrupt, owing £25,000.His mother separated from Rose, and Lee had to get a job, his sister already working as a secretary for the Church of England Pensions Board. With most employers on or preparing to go on summer holidays, there were no immediate opportunities for Lee, who was sent to the French Riviera, where his sister was on holiday with friends. On his way there he stopped briefly in Paris, where he stayed with the journalist Webb Miller, a friend of Rose, and witnessed Eugen Weidmann's execution by guillotine – the last public execution performed in France. Arriving in Menton, he stayed with the Russian Mazirov family, living among exiled princely families. It was arranged that he should remain in Menton after his sister had returned home, but with Europe on the brink of war, he returned to London instead. He worked as an office clerk for United States Lines, taking care of the mail and running errands.

Filmography

All 341

Movies 294

Self 56

TV Shows 47

Narrator 15

Voice 9

Director 1

Self
Peter Cushing: In His Own Words (2020)

Peter Cushing: In His Own Words (2020)

Movie
Himself
Drácula Barcelona (2017)

Drácula Barcelona (2017)

Movie
Self - Actor / Various Roles (archive footage)
Dark Glamour: The Blood and Guts of Hammer Productions (2017)

Dark Glamour: The Blood and Guts of Hammer Productions (2017)

Movie
The Boss / Mr. President
Angels in Notting Hill (2015)

Angels in Notting Hill (2015)

Movie
Fifty Shades of Erotica (2015)

Fifty Shades of Erotica (2015)

Movie
Saruman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Movie
6.24
Self
Face of Unity (2014)

Face of Unity (2014)

Movie
Self
The Trail of Dracula (2013)

The Trail of Dracula (2013)

Movie
Old Officer Pinkerton
The Girl from Nagasaki (2013)

The Girl from Nagasaki (2013)

Movie
Narrator
Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics (2013)

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics (2013)

Movie
Ansem (voice)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (2013)

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (2013)

Movie
Father Bartholomeu
Night Train to Lisbon (2013)

Night Train to Lisbon (2013)

Movie
Narrator (segment "The Fall of the House of Usher")
Extraordinary Tales (2013)

Extraordinary Tales (2013)

Movie
Self
Christopher Lee - A Legacy Of Horror & Terror (2012)

Christopher Lee - A Legacy Of Horror & Terror (2012)

Movie
Saruman
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Movie
6.34
The Narrator
The Fall Of The House Of Usher (2012)

The Fall Of The House Of Usher (2012)

Movie
Self
Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars (2012)

Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars (2012)

Movie
Dracula
Dracula vs. Vampir (2012)

Dracula vs. Vampir (2012)

Movie
Self
Everything or Nothing (2012)

Everything or Nothing (2012)

Movie
Movie Dracula (archive footage)
Frankenweenie (2012)

Frankenweenie (2012)

Movie
7.11
The Complete Bob Wilkins Creature Features (2012)

The Complete Bob Wilkins Creature Features (2012)

Movie
Clarney
Dark Shadows (2012)

Dark Shadows (2012)

Movie
6.38
Dracula
Back to Black: The Making of Dracula Prince of Darkness (2012)

Back to Black: The Making of Dracula Prince of Darkness (2012)

Movie
Narrator
Enzo Ferrari 1898 - 1988 (2012)

Enzo Ferrari 1898 - 1988 (2012)

Movie
Monsieur Labisse
Hugo (2011)

Hugo (2011)

Movie
7.56
Old Man
The Wicker Tree (2011)

The Wicker Tree (2011)

Movie
August
The Resident (2011)

The Resident (2011)

Movie
Cardinal D'Ambroise
Season of the Witch (2011)

Season of the Witch (2011)

Movie
5.75
Self
Christopher Lee - Gentleman des Grauens (2010)

Christopher Lee - Gentleman des Grauens (2010)

Movie
Old Joseph
Burke & Hare (2010)

Burke & Hare (2010)

Movie
(archive footage)
Halloween: The Inside Story (2010)

Halloween: The Inside Story (2010)

Movie
Mr. Mason
The Heavy (2010)

The Heavy (2010)

Movie
The Jabberwocky (voice)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Movie
7.48
Older Walter Page
Glorious 39 (2009)

Glorious 39 (2009)

Movie
Joaquín Morales
Triage (2009)

Triage (2009)

Movie
Alfred Rhinegold
Boogie Woogie (2009)

Boogie Woogie (2009)

Movie
The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Original Poem (2008)

The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Original Poem (2008)

Movie
Count Dooku (voice)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

Movie
6.13
Death
The Colour of Magic (2008)

The Colour of Magic (2008)

TV Show
Fanex Files: Hammer Films (2008)

Fanex Files: Hammer Films (2008)

Movie
First High Councilor
The Golden Compass (2007)

The Golden Compass (2007)

Movie
6.18
Self - Narrator
Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn (2007)

Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn (2007)

Movie
Narrator
100 Years Under the Sea: Shipwrecks of the Caribbean (2007)

100 Years Under the Sea: Shipwrecks of the Caribbean (2007)

Movie
The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007)

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007)

TV Show
Narrator
Amazon Trek: In Search of Vanishing Secrets (2007)

Amazon Trek: In Search of Vanishing Secrets (2007)

Movie
Self
Rhapsody of Fire: Visions from the Enchanted Lands (2007)

Rhapsody of Fire: Visions from the Enchanted Lands (2007)

Movie
Himself (archive footage)
Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman (2007)

Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman (2007)

Movie
Self
Hollywood Chinese (2007)

Hollywood Chinese (2007)

Movie
Self
Ein Leben wie im Flug (2007)

Ein Leben wie im Flug (2007)

Movie
Count Dracula
Beloved Count (2007)

Beloved Count (2007)

Movie
Self
Bloody Jess (2007)

Bloody Jess (2007)

Movie
Self
The Two Towers: Behind the Scenes (2006)

The Two Towers: Behind the Scenes (2006)

Movie
Self
The Making of The Fellowship of the Ring (2006)

The Making of The Fellowship of the Ring (2006)

Movie
Himself
Witch's Dungeon: 40 Years of Chills (2006)

Witch's Dungeon: 40 Years of Chills (2006)

Movie
Kardinal Stefan Wyszyński
Pope John Paul II (2005)

Pope John Paul II (2005)

TV Show
The Lord Provost
The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2005)

The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2005)

Movie
Pastor Galswells (voice)
Corpse Bride (2005)

Corpse Bride (2005)

Movie
7.9
Dr. Wonka
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Movie
6.61
Count Dooku
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Movie
6.07
ArchiveFootage
Science of Star Wars (2005)

Science of Star Wars (2005)

TV Show
Count Dooku (archive footage)
The Story of Star Wars (2004)

The Story of Star Wars (2004)

Movie
Heinrich von Garten
Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)

Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)

Movie
Self
Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel (2004)

Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel (2004)

TV Show
Saruman (Extended Edition)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Movie
6.35
Actor
Drácula en la Hammer (2003)

Drácula en la Hammer (2003)

Movie
Narrator
Whales of Atlantis: In Search of Moby Dick (2003)

Whales of Atlantis: In Search of Moby Dick (2003)

Movie
Saruman
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Movie
6.32
Self / Count Dooku
From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in 'Episode II' (2002)

From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in 'Episode II' (2002)

Movie
Self
Perversion Stories (2002)

Perversion Stories (2002)

Movie
Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

Movie
5.84
Self
Burnt Offering: The Cult of The Wicker Man (2001)

Burnt Offering: The Cult of The Wicker Man (2001)

Movie
Self
Beyond the Movie: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Beyond the Movie: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Movie
Saruman
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Movie
6.31
Himself
A Passage to Middle-earth: Making of 'Lord of the Rings' (2001)

A Passage to Middle-earth: Making of 'Lord of the Rings' (2001)

Movie
Himself
Quest for the Ring (2001)

Quest for the Ring (2001)

Movie
Self
R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2001)

R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2001)

Movie
Self
The Wicker Man Enigma (2001)

The Wicker Man Enigma (2001)

Movie
Narrator
The Devil's Island: Journey Into Jungle Alcatraz (2001)

The Devil's Island: Journey Into Jungle Alcatraz (2001)

Movie
M. R. James
Ghost Stories for Christmas (2000)

Ghost Stories for Christmas (2000)

TV Show
Rameses I
In the Beginning (2000)

In the Beginning (2000)

TV Show
Himself
Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend (2000)

Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend (2000)

Movie
Inside 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (2000)

Inside 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (2000)

Movie
Flay
Gormenghast (2000)

Gormenghast (2000)

TV Show
1
Self
Ian Fleming: 007's Creator (2000)

Ian Fleming: 007's Creator (2000)

Movie
Count Ottokar Graf Czernin
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service (1999)

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service (1999)

Movie
Burgomaster
Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Movie
6.5
Mohammed Ali Jinnah
Jinnah (1998)

Jinnah (1998)

Movie
Sir Richard Turkel
Tale of the Mummy (1998)

Tale of the Mummy (1998)

Movie
Self - Host
The Mummy (1998)

The Mummy (1998)

Movie
Death
Soul Music (1997)

Soul Music (1997)

TV Show
Death
Wyrd Sisters (1997)

Wyrd Sisters (1997)

TV Show
4
Tiresias
The Odyssey (1997)

The Odyssey (1997)

TV Show
6
Death
Soul Music (1997)

Soul Music (1997)

Movie
Lucas de Beaumanoir
Ivanhoe (1997)

Ivanhoe (1997)

Movie
Lucas de Beaumanoir
Ivanhoe (1997)

Ivanhoe (1997)

TV Show
Death
Welcome to the Discworld (1996)

Welcome to the Discworld (1996)

Movie
Self - Host / Host - Narrator / Self
100 Years of Horror (1996)

100 Years of Horror (1996)

TV Show
Self
In Search of Dracula with Jonathan Ross (1996)

In Search of Dracula with Jonathan Ross (1996)

Movie
Evil Sender
The Stupids (1996)

The Stupids (1996)

Movie
In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes (1996)

In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes (1996)

Movie
Ramses
Moses (1996)

Moses (1996)

TV Show
Azaret
Alisea and the Dream Prince (1996)

Alisea and the Dream Prince (1996)

Movie
Azaret
Sorellina e il principe del sogno (1996)

Sorellina e il principe del sogno (1996)

TV Show
Self
The Many Faces of Christopher Lee (1996)

The Many Faces of Christopher Lee (1996)

Movie
Narrator
A Century of Science Fiction (1996)

A Century of Science Fiction (1996)

Movie
Ramses
Moses (1995)

Moses (1995)

Movie
Himself
In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross (1995)

In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross (1995)

Movie
Self - Host / Host / Prince Prospero
Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1995)

Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1995)

TV Show
Self - Host / Host / Prince Prospero
Tales of Mistery & Imagination (1995)

Tales of Mistery & Imagination (1995)

TV Show
V. E. 'Raptor' Longfellow
A Feast At Midnight (1994)

A Feast At Midnight (1994)

Movie
Count Dracula
The World of Hammer: Dracula and the Undead (1994)

The World of Hammer: Dracula and the Undead (1994)

Movie
The World of Hammer (1994)

The World of Hammer (1994)

TV Show
Narrator / Self
Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror (1994)

Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror (1994)

Movie
Callum Chance
Funny Man (1994)

Funny Man (1994)

Movie
Commandant Rakov
Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994)

Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994)

Movie
5.33
Nick Dupont
Street Gear (1994)

Street Gear (1994)

TV Show
Uncle Rudolf
The Rainbow Thief (1994)

The Rainbow Thief (1994)

Movie
Scott James
Blue Heelers (1993)

Blue Heelers (1993)

TV Show
General Konstanin Benin
Death Train (1993)

Death Train (1993)

Movie
Cedric
Jackpot (1992)

Jackpot (1992)

Movie
Mr. Bernard
Double Vision (1992)

Double Vision (1992)

Movie
Count Ottokar Graf Czerin
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992)

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992)

TV Show
5.44
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (1992)

Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (1992)

Movie
Monsieur Renard
Beauty and the Beast (1992)

Beauty and the Beast (1992)

Movie
Self
Dracula in the Movies (1992)

Dracula in the Movies (1992)

Movie
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991)

Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991)

Movie
Narrator
Fear in the Dark (1991)

Fear in the Dark (1991)

Movie
Dr. Pearson
Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991)

Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991)

Movie
King Philip III
Journey of Honor (1991)

Journey of Honor (1991)

Movie
Karlis Zander
The Care of Time (1990)

The Care of Time (1990)

Movie
Doctor Catheter
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

Movie
6
Cardinale Spinosi
The Miser (1990)

The Miser (1990)

Movie
himself
Stern TV (1990)

Stern TV (1990)

TV Show
Blind Pew
Treasure Island (1990)

Treasure Island (1990)

Movie
Lazos
Honeymoon Academy (1989)

Honeymoon Academy (1989)

Movie
Willard Hope
Murder Story (1989)

Murder Story (1989)

Movie
Walter Strauss
Fall of the Eagles (1989)

Fall of the Eagles (1989)

Movie
Sanson
The French Revolution (1989)

The French Revolution (1989)

Movie
Stuart
Around the World in 80 Days (1989)

Around the World in 80 Days (1989)

TV Show
4
Rochefort
The Return of the Musketeers (1989)

The Return of the Musketeers (1989)

Movie
4.2
Luis Morel
Dark Mission: Flowers of Evil (1988)

Dark Mission: Flowers of Evil (1988)

Movie
Olympus Force: The Key (1988)

Olympus Force: The Key (1988)

Movie
self
Seitenblicke (1987)

Seitenblicke (1987)

TV Show
Peter Storm
The Girl (1987)

The Girl (1987)

Movie
Kato
Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)

Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)

Movie
Himself
Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood (1987)

Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood (1987)

Movie
King James of Aragon
The Disputation (1986)

The Disputation (1986)

Movie
Fog
Un métier de seigneur (1986)

Un métier de seigneur (1986)

Movie
President White
Jocks (1986)

Jocks (1986)

Movie
Lord Bathurst
Shaka Zulu (1986)

Shaka Zulu (1986)

TV Show
6
Chief Supt. Jonathan Rich
Mask of Murder (1985)

Mask of Murder (1985)

Movie
Stefan
Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch (1985)

Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch (1985)

Movie
5.16
Dracula (archive footage)
Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night (1985)

Movie
5.48
Host
The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985)

The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985)

Movie
Narrator
Don't Scream: It's Only a Movie! (1985)

Don't Scream: It's Only a Movie! (1985)

Movie
King
The Rosebud Beach Hotel (1984)

The Rosebud Beach Hotel (1984)

Movie
King Vladimir V
The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers (1984)

The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers (1984)

Movie
Sir James Hunter
The Bengal Lancers! (1984)

The Bengal Lancers! (1984)

Movie
Kaka-ji Rao
The Far Pavilions (1984)

The Far Pavilions (1984)

TV Show
Corrigan
House of the Long Shadows (1983)

House of the Long Shadows (1983)

Movie
Mr. Kellar
New Magic (1983)

New Magic (1983)

Movie
Self - Narrator
Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler (1983)

Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler (1983)

Movie
Mr. Midnight
The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)

The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)

Movie
King Haggard (voice)
The Last Unicorn (1982)

The Last Unicorn (1982)

Movie
8
Self
The Rank Charm School (1982)

The Rank Charm School (1982)

Movie
Prince Philip
Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982)

Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982)

Movie
King Vladimir V
Faerie Tale Theatre (1982)

Faerie Tale Theatre (1982)

TV Show
Victor Leopold
Massarati and the Brain (1982)

Massarati and the Brain (1982)

Movie
Count Borgia
Safari 3000 (1982)

Safari 3000 (1982)

Movie
Self
Champs-Elysées (1982)

Champs-Elysées (1982)

TV Show
Self (archive footage)
Oops, Those Hollywood Bloopers! (1982)

Oops, Those Hollywood Bloopers! (1982)

Movie
John McKenzie
Goliath Awaits (1981)

Goliath Awaits (1981)

TV Show
Morgan Canfield
An Eye for an Eye (1981)

An Eye for an Eye (1981)

Movie
Host
Evil Stalks This House (1981)

Evil Stalks This House (1981)

Movie
Self
Wanna Bet? (1981)

Wanna Bet? (1981)

TV Show
Prince Baldasar, the Director of Counterintelligence
The Salamander (1981)

The Salamander (1981)

Movie
Marcus Valorium
Once Upon a Spy (1980)

Once Upon a Spy (1980)

Movie
Luckman Skull
Serial (1980)

Serial (1980)

Movie
Dr. Carl Boxer
Desperate Moves (1980)

Desperate Moves (1980)

Movie
Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt
1941 (1979)

1941 (1979)

Movie
6
Lechinski
Bear Island (1979)

Bear Island (1979)

Movie
Miguel
Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)

Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)

Movie
5.53
Adam Caine
Jaguar Lives! (1979)

Jaguar Lives! (1979)

Movie
Alquazar
Arabian Adventure (1979)

Arabian Adventure (1979)

Movie
Gypsy
The Passage (1979)

The Passage (1979)

Movie
Uncle Drosselmeyer / Street Singer / The Puppeteer
Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)

Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)

Movie
Samir Al Fay
The Pirate (1978)

The Pirate (1978)

Movie
Sardar Khan
Caravans (1978)

Caravans (1978)

Movie
Zetan
Circle of Iron (1978)

Circle of Iron (1978)

Movie
Victor
Return from Witch Mountain (1978)

Return from Witch Mountain (1978)

Movie
5.23
Capt. Rameses
Starship Invasions (1977)

Starship Invasions (1977)

Movie
Narrator
The Occult: Mysteries Of The Supernatural (1977)

The Occult: Mysteries Of The Supernatural (1977)

Movie
Father Pergado / Zindar
End of the World (1977)

End of the World (1977)

Movie
Martin Wallace
Airport '77 (1977)

Airport '77 (1977)

Movie
5.48
On-Screen Narrator
Meatcleaver Massacre (1977)

Meatcleaver Massacre (1977)

Movie
himself
Auf los geht's los (1977)

Auf los geht's los (1977)

TV Show
Charlie's Angels (1976)

Charlie's Angels (1976)

TV Show
6.33
Dracula
Dracula and Son (1976)

Dracula and Son (1976)

Movie
Bill
Albino (1976)

Albino (1976)

Movie
Father Michael Raynor
To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

Movie
6
Maj. Chilton
Killer Force (1976)

Killer Force (1976)

Movie
The Keeper
The Keeper (1976)

The Keeper (1976)

Movie
Self - Host / Henry Higgins / Mr. Death / Doctor
Saturday Night Live (1975)

Saturday Night Live (1975)

TV Show
6.36
Captain Zandor
Space: 1999 (1975)

Space: 1999 (1975)

TV Show
6
Self / Vlad Tepes / Count Dracula
In Search of Dracula (1975)

In Search of Dracula (1975)

Movie
Scaramanga
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Movie
5.77
Rochefort
The Four Musketeers (1974)

The Four Musketeers (1974)

Movie
3.2
Dr. Stephen Hayward
Diagnosis: Murder (1974)

Diagnosis: Murder (1974)

Movie
Rochefort
The Three Musketeers (1973)

The Three Musketeers (1973)

Movie
4
Lord Summerisle
The Wicker Man (1973)

The Wicker Man (1973)

Movie
5.5
Count Dracula
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

Movie
5.33
Arnaud
Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (1973)

Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (1973)

TV Show
Dr. Ian Mandeville
Dark Places (1973)

Dark Places (1973)

Movie
Dolmance
Eugenie de Sade (1973)

Eugenie de Sade (1973)

Movie
Colonel Bingham
Nothing But the Night (1973)

Nothing But the Night (1973)

Movie
Lucifer
Poor Devil (1973)

Poor Devil (1973)

Movie
James Hildern
The Creeping Flesh (1973)

The Creeping Flesh (1973)

Movie
6
Stratton-Villiers, MI5
Death Line (1972)

Death Line (1972)

Movie
Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton
Horror Express (1972)

Horror Express (1972)

Movie
4.33
Count Dracula
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

Movie
5.61
Self / Count Dracula
Cuadecuc, Vampir (1972)

Cuadecuc, Vampir (1972)

Movie
6
The Man
Umbracle (1972)

Umbracle (1972)

Movie
Bailey
Hannie Caulder (1971)

Hannie Caulder (1971)

Movie
Marlowe / Blake
I, Monster (1971)

I, Monster (1971)

Movie
Self - Host
Theatre Macabre (1971)

Theatre Macabre (1971)

TV Show
John Reid (segment 3 'Sweets to the Sweet')
The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

Movie
6
Dracula
Scars of Dracula (1970)

Scars of Dracula (1970)

Movie
5.38
Mycroft Holmes
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

Movie
1
Artemidorus
Julius Caesar (1970)

Julius Caesar (1970)

Movie
Self
Treffpunkte (1970)

Treffpunkte (1970)

TV Show
Dracula
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Movie
5.45
Dracula
One More Time (1970)

One More Time (1970)

Movie
Count Dracula
Count Dracula (1970)

Count Dracula (1970)

Movie
1
Dolmance
Eugenie (1970)

Eugenie (1970)

Movie
Judge Jeffries
The Bloody Judge (1970)

The Bloody Judge (1970)

Movie
Fremont
Scream and Scream Again (1970)

Scream and Scream Again (1970)

Movie
6
Ship's Vampire
The Magic Christian (1969)

The Magic Christian (1969)

Movie
Self
Whicker's World (1969)

Whicker's World (1969)

TV Show
Dr. J. Neuhartt
The Oblong Box (1969)

The Oblong Box (1969)

Movie
Fu Manchu
The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969)

The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969)

Movie
Self
Quelle horreur mon saigneur Dracula (1969)

Quelle horreur mon saigneur Dracula (1969)

Movie
Morley
Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

Movie
Dracula
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

Movie
5.56
Fu Manchu
The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)

The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)

Movie
Duc de Richleau
The Devil Rides Out (1968)

The Devil Rides Out (1968)

Movie
4.75
Colonel Stuart
Eve (1968)

Eve (1968)

Movie
Fu Manchu/Dracula (archival footage)
The Movie Orgy (1968)

The Movie Orgy (1968)

Movie
Philippe Darvas
Theatre of Death (1967)

Theatre of Death (1967)

Movie
Count Frederic Regula / Graf von Andomai
The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)

The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)

Movie
Dragon #4
Five Golden Dragons (1967)

Five Golden Dragons (1967)

Movie
Fu Manchu
The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967)

The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967)

Movie
Godfrey Hanson
Night of the Big Heat (1967)

Night of the Big Heat (1967)

Movie
Fu Manchu
The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966)

The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966)

Movie
Gregor
Circus of Fear (1966)

Circus of Fear (1966)

Movie
Grigori Rasputin
Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

Movie
Dracula
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Movie
5.55
Sir Matthew Phillips
The Skull (1965)

The Skull (1965)

Movie
Fu Manchu
The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)

The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)

Movie
Mr. U.N. Owen (voice)
Ten Little Indians (1965)

Ten Little Indians (1965)

Movie
Billali
She (1965)

She (1965)

Movie
Franklyn Marsh (segment "Disembodied Hand")
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

Movie
Prof. Karl Meister
The Gorgon (1964)

The Gorgon (1964)

Movie
6
Count Drago
The Castle of the Living Dead (1964)

The Castle of the Living Dead (1964)

Movie
1
Captain Robeles
The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964)

The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964)

Movie
Count Ludwig Karnstein
Crypt of the Vampire (1964)

Crypt of the Vampire (1964)

Movie
Self
Horror!!! (1964)

Horror!!! (1964)

Movie
Kurt Menliff
The Whip and the Body (1963)

The Whip and the Body (1963)

Movie
Erich
Horror Castle (1963)

Horror Castle (1963)

Movie
Mephistoles
Challenge the Devil (1963)

Challenge the Devil (1963)

Movie
Karl Jorla
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962)

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962)

TV Show
5
Baron Ferdi von Staub
The Devil's Agent (1962)

The Devil's Agent (1962)

Movie
Capt. LaRoche
The Pirates of Blood River (1962)

The Pirates of Blood River (1962)

Movie
6
Capt. Allerman
The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (1962)

The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (1962)

Movie
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)

Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)

Movie
6
King Lico (Licos)
Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

Movie
Ling Chu
The Devil's Daffodil (1961)

The Devil's Daffodil (1961)

Movie
Dr. Pierre Gerrard
Taste of Fear (1961)

Taste of Fear (1961)

Movie
Chung King
The Terror of the Tongs (1961)

The Terror of the Tongs (1961)

Movie
Colonel Mannering / Professor Stone
The Avengers (1961)

The Avengers (1961)

TV Show
6
Novak
Too Hot to Handle (1960)

Too Hot to Handle (1960)

Movie
6.5
Nero the Magician
The Hands of Orlac (1960)

The Hands of Orlac (1960)

Movie
Paul Allen
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

Movie
6.25
Alan Driscoll
The City of the Dead (1960)

The City of the Dead (1960)

Movie
Kenny King
Beat Girl (1960)

Beat Girl (1960)

Movie
Baron Roderico da Frankurten
Uncle Was A Vampire (1959)

Uncle Was A Vampire (1959)

Movie
The Mummy / Kharis
The Mummy (1959)

The Mummy (1959)

Movie
5.08
Jaeger
The Treasure of San Teresa (1959)

The Treasure of San Teresa (1959)

Movie
Dr. Pierre Gerrard
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)

The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)

Movie
Sir Henry
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Movie
4.75
Self
Stars in der Manege (1959)

Stars in der Manege (1959)

TV Show
Wilhelm Reitlinger
One Step Beyond (1959)

One Step Beyond (1959)

TV Show
Resurrection Joe
Corridors of Blood (1958)

Corridors of Blood (1958)

Movie
The Adventures of William Tell (1958)

The Adventures of William Tell (1958)

TV Show
Count Dracula
Dracula (1958)

Dracula (1958)

Movie
5.68
Marquis St. Evremonde
A Tale of Two Cities (1958)

A Tale of Two Cities (1958)

Movie
Sir Otto from the Rhine
Ivanhoe (1958)

Ivanhoe (1958)

TV Show
Brunner
Battle of the V-1 (1958)

Battle of the V-1 (1958)

Movie
Sgt. Barney
Bitter Victory (1957)

Bitter Victory (1957)

Movie
Voice (voice)
Manuela (1957)

Manuela (1957)

Movie
The Creature
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Movie
5.05
Charles Highbury
Fortune Is a Woman (1957)

Fortune Is a Woman (1957)

Movie
Doctor Neumann
The Traitor (1957)

The Traitor (1957)

Movie
German officer at The Dentist's office
Ill Met by Moonlight (1957)

Ill Met by Moonlight (1957)

Movie
Francois Thiers
The Truth About Women (1957)

The Truth About Women (1957)

Movie
Manolo
The Battle of the River Plate (1956)

The Battle of the River Plate (1956)

Movie
Gil Rossi
Beyond Mombasa (1956)

Beyond Mombasa (1956)

Movie
Franz Vermes
Port Afrique (1956)

Port Afrique (1956)

Movie
Nectenabus (voice)
Alexander the Great (1956)

Alexander the Great (1956)

Movie
Jeanpierre
Colonel March of Scotland Yard (1956)

Colonel March of Scotland Yard (1956)

TV Show
Major Schultz
Private's Progress (1956)

Private's Progress (1956)

Movie
Karaga Pasha
Storm Over the Nile (1955)

Storm Over the Nile (1955)

Movie
John Preston
Alias John Preston (1955)

Alias John Preston (1955)

Movie
Lieutenant-Commander Greaves
The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

Movie
Louis (uncredited)
The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1955)

The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1955)

TV Show
Captain
That Lady (1955)

That Lady (1955)

Movie
Johnny, a constable
Police Dog (1955)

Police Dog (1955)

Movie
French Patrol Captain at Tavern (uncredited)
The Dark Avenger (1955)

The Dark Avenger (1955)

Movie
Narrator (voice)
Contraband Spain (1955)

Contraband Spain (1955)

Movie
Harry Cooper
Cross-Roads (1955)

Cross-Roads (1955)

Movie
A Stage Manager / Flask
Moby Dick—Rehearsed (1955)

Moby Dick—Rehearsed (1955)

Movie
Visitant
The Mirror and Markheim (1954)

The Mirror and Markheim (1954)

Movie
Lieutenant Whitlock
Innocents in Paris (1953)

Innocents in Paris (1953)

Movie
Narrator / Father
The Top and the Ball (1953)

The Top and the Ball (1953)

Movie
Georges Seurat (uncredited)
Moulin Rouge (1952)

Moulin Rouge (1952)

Movie
6
Slave Dealer
Babes in Bagdad (1952)

Babes in Bagdad (1952)

Movie
Sir Felix Raybourne
Paul Temple Returns (1952)

Paul Temple Returns (1952)

Movie
Russian Agent (uncredited)
Top Secret (1952)

Top Secret (1952)

Movie
Joseph (attache)
The Crimson Pirate (1952)

The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Movie
6
Det. Holt
Valley of the Eagles (1951)

Valley of the Eagles (1951)

Movie
Spanish Captain
Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

Movie
Newsman
Prelude to Fame (1950)

Prelude to Fame (1950)

Movie
Chris Lewis
They Were Not Divided (1950)

They Were Not Divided (1950)

Movie
Hon. Bongo Icklesham
Trottie True (1949)

Trottie True (1949)

Movie
Palace Guard (uncredited)
Hamlet (1948)

Hamlet (1948)

Movie
Bernard Day
Scott of the Antarctic (1948)

Scott of the Antarctic (1948)

Movie
6
Jonathan Blair
Penny and the Pownall Case (1948)

Penny and the Pownall Case (1948)

Movie
Auguste
A Song for Tomorrow (1948)

A Song for Tomorrow (1948)

Movie
Pirelli's Assistant
One Night with You (1948)

One Night with You (1948)

Movie
Charles
Corridor of Mirrors (1948)

Corridor of Mirrors (1948)

Movie
Джон Маккензи
Goliath Awaits

Goliath Awaits

Movie
Self
Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror

Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror

TV Show

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Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1922-05-27

Deathday
2015-06-07 (93 years old)

Birth name
Christopher Frank Carandini Lee

Place of birth
Belgravia, United Kingdom

Height

Relationships
Birgit Kroencke (1961-03-17 - 2015-06-07)

Children
Christina Lee

Father
Geoffrey Trollope Lee

Mother
Estelle Maria Carandini

Siblings
Xandra Carandini Lee

Relatives
Guido Carandini, Ian Fleming, Andrea Carandini

Citizenships
United Kingdom

Residences
London, United Kingdom

Also known as
Кристофер Ли , Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, Σερ Κρίστοφερ Φρανκ Καραντίνι Λι, Κρίστοφερ Φρανκ Καραντίνι Λι, Κρίστοφερ Λι

Awards
Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Knight Bachelor, Steiger Award, Academy Fellowship Award

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