Christopher Lee has died. The ninety-three-year-old British actor and author, at the beginning of his career portrayed villains, he was Count Dracula, The Wicker Man, gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors and starred in The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars prequel trilogy. He sadly passed away following his hospital stay for respiratory problems and heart failure on Sunday at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, according to sources, he was known for his muscular intelligence with a staggering career
The decision to release the news days after was based on his wife’s desire to inform family members first. The couple had been married for over 50 years.
During his career, he also released a series of heavy metal albums, including Charlemagne: The Omens of Death.
Lee’s most famous role was playing Dracula, but he wasn’t pleased with how the character was treated.
“They gave me nothing to do!” he told Total Film in 2005. “I pleaded with Hammer to let me use some of the lines that Bram Stoker had written. Occasionally, I sneaked one in. Eventually, I told them that I wasn’t going to play Dracula anymore. All hell broke loose.”
In a 2012 interview, Lee spoke about his love of acting.
“Making films has never just been a job to me, it is my life,” he said. “I have some interests outside of acting – I sing and I’ve written books, for instance – but acting is what keeps me going, it’s what I do, it gives life purpose.”