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Christopher Lee
Birthday: May 27, 1922

Birth Place: Belgravia, London, England, UK
Height: 6' 5"

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The British actor Christopher Lee was born in 1922 in London, England, where he and his older sister Xandra were raised by Estelle Marie and Geoffrey Trollope, a professional soldier, until their divorce in 1926. Later, while Lee was still a child, his mother married (and later divorced) Harcourt George St.-Croix (nicknamed Ingle), who was a banker. After attending Wellington College from age 14 to 17, Lee worked as an office clerk in a couple of London shipping companies until 1941 when he enlisted in the RAF during World War II. Following his release from military service, Lee joined the Rank Organisation in 1947, training as an actor in their "Charm School" and playing a number of bit parts in such films as Corridor of Mirrors (1948). He made a brief appearance in Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948), in which his future partner-in-horror Peter Cushing also appeared. Both actors also appeared later in Moulin Rouge (1952) but did not meet until their horror films together.Lee had numerous parts in film and television throughout the 1950s but didn't achieve stardom until his association with Hammer Film Productions, which started with The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), The Mummy (1959), and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), all co-starring Peter Cushing. Lee continued his role as "Dracula" in a number of Hammer sequels throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s. During this time, he made numerous appearances as Fu Manchu, most notably in the first of the series The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), and also appeared in a number of films in Europe. With his own production company, Charlemagne Productions, Ltd., Lee made Nothing But the Night (1972) and To the Devil a Daughter (1976). By the mid-1970s, Lee was tiring of his horror image and tried to widen his appeal by participating in several mainstream films, such as The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers (1974), and the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).The success of these films prompted him in the late 1970s to move to Hollywood, where he remained a busy actor but made mostly unremarkable film and television appearances, and eventually moved back to England. Lee's career was revitalized in the early 2000s by his appearances in two blockbuster film franchises: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) (as Saruman the White) and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) (as Count Dooku). In 2001, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to the film and television industries.

Movie Credits
Cowboys for Christ (2006)
[ Sean Astin ]
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II (2006)
[ Ian McKellen ][ Hugo Weaving ]
Kingdom Hearts II (2005)
[ Haley Joel Osment ][ Jonathan Taylor Thomas ][ James Woods ][ Zach Braff ][ James Earl Jones ]
Pope John Paul II (2005)
[ Jon Voight ][ Cary Elwes ][ James Cromwell ][ Ben Gazzara ]
Corpse Bride (2005)
[ Johnny Depp ][ Tim Burton ][ Danny Elfman ][ Albert Finney ][ Richard E. Grant ]
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
[ Johnny Depp ][ Tim Burton ][ Danny Elfman ][ Noah Taylor ][ Jordan Fry ]
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
[ Ewan McGregor ][ Samuel L. Jackson ][ Hayden Christensen ][ George Lucas ][ James Earl Jones ]
Greyfriars Bobby (2005)
[ James Cosmo ][ Greg Wise ][ Ian Richardson ][ Sean Pertwee ]
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (2004)
[ Ian McKellen ][ Leslie Howard ][ Greg Ellis ]
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (2004)
[ Ian McKellen ][ John Rhys-Davies ]
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004)
[ Ian Fleming ][ Carlos Alazraqui ][ Greg Ellis ]
EverQuest II (2004)
[ Wil Wheaton ][ Dwight Schultz ][ Brian Bloom ][ Corey Burton ][ Charlie Schlatter ]
Rivières pourpres II - Les anges de l'apocalypse, Les (2004)
[ Jean Reno ][ Luc Besson ]
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
[ Orlando Bloom ][ Elijah Wood ][ Viggo Mortensen ][ Sean Bean ][ Ian McKellen ]
Freelancer (2003)
[ John Rhys-Davies ][ Michael T Weiss ][ Michael T. Weiss ][ Ian Ziering ][ Xander Berkeley ]
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
[ Orlando Bloom ][ Elijah Wood ][ Viggo Mortensen ][ Sean Bean ][ Ian McKellen ]
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
[ Ewan McGregor ][ Samuel L. Jackson ][ Hayden Christensen ][ George Lucas ][ Frank Oz ]
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
[ Orlando Bloom ][ Elijah Wood ][ Viggo Mortensen ][ Sean Bean ][ Ian McKellen ]
Conquest: Frontier Wars (2001)
In the Beginning (2000)
[ Martin Landau ][ Bill Campbell ][ Eddie Cibrian ][ David Warner ][ Alan Bates ]
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
[ Johnny Depp ][ Christopher Walken ][ Tim Burton ][ Francis Ford Coppola ][ Michael Gambon ]
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service (1999)
[ George Lucas ][ Sean Patrick Flanery ][ Frank Darabont ][ Joss Ackland ]
The Rocky Interactive Horror Show (1999)
Tale of the Mummy (1998)
[ Gerard Butler ][ Jack Davenport ][ Jason Scott Lee ][ Jon Polito ][ Michael Lerner ]
All in the Family (1998)
Jinnah (1998)
[ James Fox ]
The Odyssey (1997)
[ Francis Ford Coppola ][ Eric Roberts ][ Armand Assante ][ Michael J. Pollard ][ Freddy Douglas ]
Wyrd Sisters (1997)
Soul Music (1997)
Gold (1997)
The Sceptre (1997)
Nightmare of the Magic Castle (1997)
The Legend of Olwyn (1997)
A Race Against Death (1997)
The Stupids (1996)
[ John Landis ][ Bug Hall ][ Frankie Faison ][ Matt Keeslar ][ Mark Metcalf ]
Moses (1996)
[ Ben Kingsley ][ Frank Langella ][ David Suchet ][ Anthony Higgins ]
Sorellina e il principe del sogno (1996)
[ Karel Roden ]
Welcome to the Discworld (1996)
Miss Mount Thomas (1996)
The Rameses Connection: Part 4 (1995)
The Rameses Connection: Part 3 (1995)
The Rameses Connection: Part 2 (1995)
The Rameses Connection: Part 1 (1995)
Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994)
[ Ron Perlman ][ G.W. Bailey ][ Michael Winslow ][ David Graf ][ George Gaynes ]
Ghosts (1994)
[ Peter North ][ Richard Burgi ]
A Feast at Midnight (1994)
[ Robert Hardy ][ Edward Fox ][ Samuel West ]
Funny Man (1994)
Death Train (1993)
[ Pierce Brosnan ][ Patrick Stewart ][ Ted Levine ]
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1992)
Double Vision (1992)
[ Naveen Andrews ]
Jackpot (1992)
Kabuto (1992)
[ John Rhys-Davies ][ Toshirô Mifune ][ Kane Kosugi ]
Incident at Victoria Falls (1991)
[ Joss Ackland ][ Claude Akins ]
Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
[ Steven Spielberg ][ Frank Welker ][ John Astin ][ John Glover ][ Robert Picardo ]
Honeymoon Academy (1990)
[ Robert Hays ]
Avaro, L' (1990)
Treasure Island (1990)
[ Christian Bale ][ Charlton Heston ][ Oliver Reed ][ Pete Postlethwaite ][ Julian Glover ]
The Care of Time (1990)
The Rainbow Thief (1990)
[ Peter O'Toole ][ Omar Sharif ][ Brian Hibbard ]
Murder Story (1989)
[ Alexis Denisof ][ Jonathan Silverman ]
Révolution française, La (1989)
[ Sam Neill ][ Peter Ustinov ]
The Return of the Musketeers (1989)
[ C. Thomas Howell ][ Billy Connolly ][ Oliver Reed ][ Michael York ][ Richard Chamberlain ]
Chute des aigles, La (1989)
[ Mark Hamill ][ Jesus Franco ]
Dark Mission (Operación cocaína) (1988)
[ Jesus Franco ]
Mio min Mio (1987)
[ Christian Bale ][ Timothy Bottoms ]
Jocks (1987)
[ Richard Roundtree ][ Donald Gibb ]
Shaka Zulu (1987)
[ Edward Fox ]
Valhalla (1986)
The Girl (1986)
[ Franco Nero ]
Un métier du seigneur (1986)
[ Andrea Occhipinti ]
The Disputation (1986)
Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch (1985)
[ Jimmy Nail ][ Reb Brown ]
Mask of Murder (1985)
[ Rod Taylor ]
The Rosebud Beach Hotel (1984)
[ Eddie Deezen ]
House of the Long Shadows (1983)
[ Vincent Price ][ Peter Cushing ][ Desi Arnaz Jr. ]
New Magic (1983)
The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)
[ Alan Arkin ][ Bruce Spence ]
Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982)
[ Rod Taylor ]
Massarati and the Brain (1982)
[ Peter Billingsley ][ Aaron Spelling ]
Safari 3000 (1982)
[ David Carradine ]
The Last Unicorn (1982)
[ Jeff Bridges ][ Alan Arkin ][ Rene Auberjonois ][ Keenan Wynn ]
Goliath Awaits (1981)
[ Kirk Cameron ][ Mark Harmon ][ John Ratzenberger ][ Robert Forster ][ Edward Albert ]
An Eye for an Eye (1981)
[ Chuck Norris ][ Mako ][ Richard Roundtree ][ Stuart Pankin ][ Aaron Norris ]
Evil Stalks This House (1981)
[ Jack Palance ]
Desperate Moves (1981)
[ Eddie Deezen ]
The Salamander (1981)
[ Anthony Quinn ][ Eli Wallach ][ Martin Balsam ][ Cleavon Little ][ Franco Nero ]
Once Upon a Spy (1980)
[ Ted Danson ]
Serial (1980)
[ Peter Horton ][ Martin Mull ][ Bill Macy ]
The Passage (1979)
[ Malcolm McDowell ][ Anthony Quinn ][ Jim Broadbent ][ James Mason ]
1941 (1979)
[ Mickey Rourke ][ Dan Aykroyd ][ James Caan ][ John Candy ][ John Belushi ]
Bear Island (1979)
[ Donald Sutherland ][ Bruce Greenwood ][ Richard Widmark ]
Jaguar Lives! (1979)
[ John Huston ][ Donald Pleasence ]
Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)
[ Reb Brown ]
Arabian Adventure (1979)
[ Mickey Rooney ][ John Ratzenberger ][ Peter Cushing ][ Art Malik ][ Kiran Shah ]
Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)
[ Roddy McDowall ][ Dick Van Patten ]
Circle of Iron (1978)
[ David Carradine ][ Eli Wallach ][ Roddy McDowall ]
The Pirate (1978)
[ Eli Wallach ][ Armand Assante ][ Ian McShane ][ Franco Nero ]
Caravans (1978)
[ Anthony Quinn ][ Joseph Cotten ]
Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
Starship Invasions (1977)
[ Robert Vaughn ]
End of the World (1977)
Meatcleaver Massacre (1977)
Airport '77 (1977)
[ James Stewart ][ Jack Lemmon ][ George Kennedy ][ M. Emmet Walsh ][ Darren McGavin ]
Dracula père et fils (1976)
To the Devil a Daughter (1976)
[ Richard Widmark ][ Denholm Elliott ]
Killer Force (1976)
[ Peter Fonda ][ Telly Savalas ][ O.J. Simpson ]
The Keeper (1976)
Albino (1976)
Boucher, la star et l'orpheline, Le (1975)
Diagnosis: Murder (1975)
[ Jon Finch ]
The Four Musketeers (1974)
[ Charlton Heston ][ Oliver Reed ][ Michael York ][ Richard Chamberlain ][ Roy Kinnear ]
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
[ Roger Moore ][ Desmond Llewelyn ][ Hervé Villechaize ][ Ian Fleming ]
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1974)
[ Peter Cushing ]
The Three Musketeers (1973)
[ Charlton Heston ][ Oliver Reed ][ Michael York ][ Richard Chamberlain ][ Joss Ackland ]
Horror Express (1973)
[ Telly Savalas ][ Peter Cushing ]
Poor Devil (1973)
[ Adam West ][ Sammy Davis Jr. ][ Jack Klugman ]
The Creeping Flesh (1973)
[ Peter Cushing ][ David Bailie ]
The Wicker Man (1973)
[ Edward Woodward ]
Dark Places (1973)
[ Robert Hardy ][ Herbert Lom ]
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
[ Peter Cushing ]
Death Line (1972)
[ Donald Pleasence ]
Nothing But the Night (1972)
[ Michael Gambon ][ Peter Cushing ]
Hannie Caulder (1971)
[ Ernest Borgnine ][ Robert Culp ][ Jack Elam ][ Strother Martin ]
I, Monster (1971)
[ Peter Cushing ]
Eugenie (1970)
[ Jesus Franco ]
Julius Caesar (1970)
[ Charlton Heston ][ Robert Vaughn ][ Jason Robards ][ Richard Chamberlain ][ Michael Gough ]
One More Time (1970)
[ Jerry Lewis ][ Peter Cushing ][ Sammy Davis Jr. ][ Harry Carey Jr. ][ John Nettles ]
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
[ Roy Kinnear ][ Anthony Higgins ][ Martin Jarvis ]
Count Dracula (1970)
[ Klaus Kinski ][ Herbert Lom ][ Jesus Franco ]
Trono di fuoco, Il (1970)
[ Jesus Franco ]
The House That Dripped Blood (1970)
[ Peter Cushing ][ Denholm Elliott ][ Joss Ackland ]
Umbracle (1970)
Scars of Dracula (1970)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
[ Billy Wilder ]
The Magic Christian (1969)
[ John Cleese ][ Roman Polanski ][ Peter Sellers ][ Yul Brynner ][ Richard Attenborough ]
The Oblong Box (1969)
[ Vincent Price ]
Folterkammer des Dr. Fu Man Chu, Die (1969)
[ Jesus Franco ]
Light Entertainment Killers (1969)
[ John Cleese ]
Scream and Scream Again (1969)
[ Vincent Price ][ Peter Cushing ]
The Face of Eve (1968)
[ Herbert Lom ]
The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)
[ Boris Karloff ][ Michael Gough ]
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)
[ Jesus Franco ]
Schlangengrube und das Pendel, Die (1967)
[ Lex Barker ]
Five Golden Dragons (1967)
[ Klaus Kinski ]
The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967)
Night of the Big Heat (1967)
[ Peter Cushing ]
Never, Never Say Die (1967)
The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966)
Circus of Fear (1966)
[ Klaus Kinski ]
Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)
[ Joss Ackland ]
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
Theatre of Death (1966)
[ Julian Glover ]
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
[ Donald Sutherland ][ Peter Cushing ][ Michael Gough ]
The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)
[ Jim Norton ]
Ten Little Indians (1965)
[ Bruce Dern ][ Warren Oates ]
The Skull (1965)
[ Peter Cushing ][ Michael Gough ]
She (1965)
[ Peter Cushing ]
The Gorgon (1964)
[ Peter Cushing ]
The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964)
Cripta e l'incubo, La (1964)
Castello dei morti vivi, Il (1964)
[ Donald Sutherland ]
Frusta e il corpo, La (1963)
Vergine di Norimberga, La (1963)
Katarsis (1963)
Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes (1962)
Pirates of Blood River (1962)
[ Oliver Reed ][ Desmond Llewelyn ]
Rätsel der roten Orchidee, Das (1962)
[ Klaus Kinski ]
Stranglehold (1962)
Taste of Fear (1961)
The Terror of the Tongs (1961)
Ercole al centro della terra (1961)
The Devil's Agent (1961)
[ Peter Cushing ][ Jeremy Bullock ]
Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen, Das (1961)
[ Klaus Kinski ]
The Hands of Orlac (1961)
[ Donald Pleasence ][ Mel Ferrer ]
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
[ Oliver Reed ]
The City of the Dead (1960)
Beat Girl (1960)
[ Oliver Reed ][ Adam Faith ]
Too Hot to Handle (1960)
The Mummy (1959)
[ Peter Cushing ]
The Treasure of San Teresa (1959)
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
[ Peter Cushing ]
Tempi duri per i vampiri (1959)
Corridors of Blood (1958)
[ Boris Karloff ][ Desmond Llewelyn ]
The Battle of the V.1 (1958)
Dracula (1958)
[ Peter Cushing ][ Michael Gough ]
A Tale of Two Cities (1958)
[ Donald Pleasence ][ Denholm Elliott ]
The Truth About Women (1957)
Amère victoire (1957)
[ Richard Burton ]
Manuela (1957)
[ Donald Pleasence ][ Warren Mitchell ]
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
[ Peter Cushing ]
The Traitor (1957)
Fortune Is a Woman (1957)
Ill Met by Moonlight (1957)
[ Michael Gough ]
Fortunes of War (1957)
Love Token (1957)
The Model (1957)
As We Forgive (1957)
Beyond Mombasa (1956)
Port Afrique (1956)
Private's Progress (1956)
[ Richard Attenborough ]
Alias John Preston (1956)
The Battle of the River Plate (1956)
The Desert Hostages (1956)
[ Lorne Greene ]
Storm Over the Nile (1955)
The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)
Wee Willie Winkie (1955)
The Dark Avenger (1955)
[ Errol Flynn ][ Patrick McGoohan ]
Police Dog (1955)
The Final Column (1955)
That Lady (1955)
Final Column (1955)
The Immigrant (1955)
Man in Demand (1955)
Border Incident (1955)
Moby Dick Rehearsed (1955)
[ Orson Welles ][ Patrick McGoohan ]
Crossroads (1955)
The International Settlement (1954)
Destination Milan (1954)
Innocents in Paris (1953)
[ Louis de Funès ]
Vacances de Monsieur Hulot, Les (1953)
The Death of Michael Turbin (1953)
Moulin Rouge (1952)
[ Peter Cushing ]
Babes in Bagdad (1952)
Paul Temple Returns (1952)
Top Secret (1952)
The Crimson Pirate (1952)
[ Burt Lancaster ]
Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)
[ Gregory Peck ]
Valley of Eagles (1951)
Prelude to Fame (1950)
They Were Not Divided (1950)
[ Desmond Llewelyn ]
Trottie True (1949)
[ Roger Moore ]
Penny and the Pownall Case (1948)
Hamlet (1948)
[ Laurence Olivier ][ Peter Cushing ][ Desmond Llewelyn ]
One Night with You (1948)
Corridor of Mirrors (1948)
Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
[ John Mills ]
Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948)
[ Michael Gough ]
My Brother's Keeper (1948)
[ David Tomlinson ]
A Song for Tomorrow (1948)


  • Turned down Donald Pleasence's role in Halloween (1978). (He later remarked that this was his biggest mistake.)
  • Classically trained singer.
  • Possibly the only actor who has portrayed three different Sherlock Holmes characters: Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes and Henry Baskerville.
  • A distant cousin and frequent golfing partner of Bond creator Ian Fleming, Lee was the author's personal pick for the role of Dr. No (1962) in the first 007 film. The part, of course, went to actor Joseph Wiseman, who was brilliant. However, fans of the literary Bond might want to check out Lee's portrayal of Chinese master criminal Fu Manchu, for an idea of how Ian Fleming himself envisioned Dr. No.
  • Uncle of Harriet Walter.
  • Vincent Price and Christopher Lee were born on the same day (27th May) and Peter Cushing was born on the 26th.
  • Was one of the judges for the 1995 Miss World beauty pageant.
  • The blood dripping fangs, worn by Lee in many of his vampire films were created by Irish dental technician Sean Mulhall.
  • Is listed as the Center of the Hollywood Universe by the Oracle of Kevin Bacon web site at the University of Virginia, because he can be linked to any one in Hollywood on average in 2.59 steps. That is less than either Charlton Heston or Kevin Bacon himself.
  • In a radio interview in South Africa, Lee claimed that he held the record for number of film roles by an actor. [2001]
  • Was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother II in her birthday honours list. [15 June 2001]
  • Appears on the album cover "Band on the Run", performed by Paul McCartney's band 'Wings' .
  • Father of a daughter by his wife, Birgit Kroencke Lee.
  • Served in British Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve from 1941 to 1946.
  • He is fluent in German.
  • Is the only member of the cast and crew of Lord of the Rings to have met J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • He appears in a scene from The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) on screen during the drive-in sequence in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962).
  • The white coffin used in one of his Dracula films was later used in Bananarama 's pop video "Venus".
  • He is of royal Italian ancestry on his mother's side (Carandini).
  • From an acting dynasty, his great-grandparents founded the first Australian opera company.
  • He made his stage debut in school as the demonic lead in "Rumpelstiltskin," a sign of things to come.
  • Has played a staggering amount of Victorian characters. He played Count Dracula ten times, Dr. Fu Manchu five times, Sherlock Holmes three times, Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock's brother) once and Sir Henry Baskerville (a friend of Holmes) once. He also appeared in _Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, The_ (1960) and _I, Monster_ (1965)_ , adaptations of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", among others.
  • A stunt double performed the stunts and lightsaber fights in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002). Lee's face was imposed on the double's body. Lee mentioned that in the last 40 years he has done more sword fights than any other actor, but "not any more."
  • Speaks very good French, good enough to understand questions and give long replies in a press conference.
  • Is an honorary member of three stuntmen's unions.
  • Is a Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
  • His stepfather (his mother's second husband) was the maternal uncle of writer Ian Fleming (of James Bond fame). Lee and Fleming are therefore step-cousins.
  • Was voted no. 31 on the recent British televised poll "The Greatest Movie Stars Of All Time" above the likes of John Wayne, Michael Caine and Humphrey Bogart.
  • Sustained an injury to his hand while filming a swordfight with a slightly drunk Errol Flynn for The Dark Avenger (1955).
  • Both he and his fellow Star Wars Sith Lord, David Prowse, have played Frankenstein's Monster opposite Peter Cushing.
  • Has three roles in common with Boris Karloff. They have both played Fu Manchu, The Mummy and Frankenstein's Monster.
  • Played King Haggard in both the animated and live-action versions of The Last Unicorn (1982).
  • Was originally offered the role of Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977). He turned it down and the role eventually went to his good friend Peter Cushing.
  • From 1948 until present (2004) has had at least one film released every year with the exception of 1995.
  • At 6 feet 5 inches, he is entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as "The Tallest Leading Actor"
  • He struggled to get work early in his career as a supporting actor because almost all the male stars were shorter than he.
  • Was upset about the deletion of his death scene in the theatrical version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. However, the scene was put back into the Extended Edition which is seen as the definitive version.
  • One of the most prolific actors of all time, he has acted in nearly 230 films, although he later admitted that his film work was not always chosen on quality but often on whether they could support his family. 1955 & 1970 were his peak years of productivity, as Lee starred in 9 films in both years.
  • As Darth Tyranus, he plays the first Sith apprentice to act in both body and voice.
  • Although he has been in well over 200 films, he has very rarely played a hero, having been a villain in perhaps about 85% of his films (even his bit parts lean towards the unsympathetic).
  • Was made "Officier des arts et lettres" by French culture minister JJ Aillagon on December 11th 2002.
  • One of his favorite bands is the Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody, and he has also appeared on one of their album (listen to the speech in the intro on the song "Unholy Warcry" on the album "The dark secret"). Lee also appears on the Rhapsody single "The Magic Of The Wizard's Dream", where he does a duet with Rhapsody vocalist Fabio Leoni in English, German, Italian and French versions of the song.
  • On July 21st 2004 he was given the honorary citizenship of the Italian city of Casina (Province of Reggio Emilia) where Sarzano, the castle of his ancestors is situated. He gave his speech of thanks in Italian.
  • Was the Center of the Hollywood Universe, according to data at the Movie Oracle, http://www.cs.virginia.edu/oracle/center.html, but is now second to Rod Steiger.
  • Two of his roles have been as leaders of a separatist movement. The first was Jinnah (1998), about Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan. The second was in the "Star Wars" series as Count Dooku, the former mentor of Qui-Gon Jinn.
  • In a bonding of two generations of Frankenstein's monsters, Lee and his wife were good friends with Boris Karloff and his wife. This friendship wasn't as a result of them working together (they made two films together, Corridors of Blood (1958) and Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)) but by the coincidence that they lived next door to each other in England.
  • He has one daughter, Christina.
  • During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Air Force and in British Intelligence.
  • In 1972 he founded Charlemagne Productions Ltd.
  • He studied at Summerfield Preparatory School and attended Wellington College.
  • His daughter, Christina, was born with her legs severely deformed. They were bent at such a severe angle that they were almost backwards. She spent her first 2 years in splints. She eventually learned how to walk after the age of three and no longer needed splints.
  • As of 2006, he has appeared in 227 films.
  • According to his official website: He speaks French, Italian, Spanish and German and can "get along" in Swedish, Russian and Greek.
  • When he arrived in the recording studio to do the voice over for King Haggard in the original animated version of The Last Unicorn (1982) he came armed with his own copy of the book with certain excerpts marked pertaining to parts of the book that he felt should not have been omitted.
  • Like his Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, he has appeared in films with three generations of Astins.
  • Wanted to attend the Heavy Metal Festival Earthshaker Fest in 2005 to support his favorite bands, the Italian band Rhapsody and the American band Manowar, but had to cancel at the last moment because of an important filming appointment. He recorded a message to the fans in advance, which was shown right before Rhapsody appeared on-stage.
  • According to his friend Norman Lloyd, he has a somewhat eccentric hobby: he is fascinated by public executioners and knows the names of every official executioner England has had since the middle of the 15th century.
  • In his role as the title character, The Mummy (1959) , in which he co-starred with Peter Cushing , Lee got severely injured in the course of the filming. All that smashing through real glass windows and doors had dislocated his shoulder and had pulled his neck muscles, especially when he had to carry an actress with arms fully extended across a swamp, walking as much as 87 yards, which damaged his shoulders considerably.
  • In Dracula (1958) , Lee in the title role had to drop a woman into a grave, but when he carried her, she was unexpectedly heavy and in trying to drop her into the grave, Lee also fell in with her.
  • Has starred in three different movies/TV shows in which he had either known or met the (late) author of the original work: "Gormenghast" (2000) (mini) (Mervyn Peake), Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) (Ian Fleming, his cousin).
  • Shot all his scenes for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) in one day.
  • He is the tallest of the many actors who have played Count Dracula.
  • Grandfather of TV/radio presenter and comedian Iain Lee.
  • He was one of the few people to voluntarily fight on the Finnish side in the Russo-Finnish winter war in 1939-1940.
  • Has starred in three movies with Johnny Depp: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005) and Sleepy Hollow (1999). All were directed by Tim Burton.
  • Although he and Peter Cushing were often mortal enemies on-screen, off screen they were inseparable friends.
  • His films have made more money than any other actor's in history. As of May 2006, five of his films ('The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy and the two "Star Wars" films in which he played Count Dooku) had total grosses in excess of .4 billion. Even without considering Lee's other appearances dating back to 1948, his totals considerably surpass the figures of #3 billion and #3.8 billion claimed by Harrison Ford and Samuel L. Jackson, respectively.
  • As a veritable Tolkien expert and the only member of the cast who had met Tolkien himself, he often visited the Production department on the sets of the various "Lord of the Rings" movies to give advice and tips on the various attributes of the films.

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