Screen legend Christopher Lee, known for playing such villainous characters as the wizard Saruman (The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings movies), Count Dooku (the Star Wars prequel trilogy), Scaramanga (the James Bond villain in The Man with the Golden Gun), and Dracula. The actor died in the hospital Sunday morning after suffering respiratory problems. He was 93 years old.
Born on May 27, 1922, Lee gained popularity starring as Dracula in various films for Hammer Studios, as well as playing the creature in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), which was also his first role in a color feature film. He also played opposite Peter Cushing in The Mummy (1959). He moved on to other notable villain roles, playing Bond’s nemesis Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and in more recent years playing the wizard Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003) and in The Hobbit movies (2012-2014), along with the Sith lord Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
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