Christopher Lee, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Dracula’ Actor, Dies at 93

Legendary British actor Sir Christopher Lee passed away on Sunday morning, after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure. He was 93.

The Guardian reports that Lee’s wife of over 50 years, Gitte Kroencke, a former Danish model and painter, waited to release the news publicly until after she had informed family members.

Lee is something of a horror movie icon, having played such roles like Frankenstein’s Creature in the 1957 horror classic The Curse of Frankenstein, and notably Count Dracula (over ten times) in various films like Horror of Dracula (1958) and Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966).

Most recently, Lee starred in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series as Saruman, and as Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II and III

The Hollywood Reporter notes, “the London native had more than 275 credits on IMDb, making him perhaps the most prolific feature-film actor in history.”

Vulture also mentioned the fact that Lee was a man of many talents beyond acting, commenting, “later in life, Lee put his big bass voice to use, recording very heavy metal music, eventually releasing two solo full-lengths, 2010’s Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross and 2013’s Charlemagne: The Omens of Death.”

Lee was indeed prolific, and an amazing film icon, and forever will be remembered as such.

RIP.