Why Famous: Christpher Lee was a British actor known for his horror film and for and playing memorable villains.
Lee began his film career working for Hammer Films, which he did for two decades, his most famous role as Dracula.
Lee later branched out appearing in the critically acclaimed "Wicker Man" (1970) and as the Bond villain Scaramanga in "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974)
Lee returned to the limelight as Saruman in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" films. Lee also collaborated with filmmaker Tim Burton, appearing in 5 of his films.
In 2010 Lee released the well received metal album "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross". Lee was knighted in 2009.
- 1961-03-17 Actor Christopher Lee (38) weds actress Gitte Lee (25)
- 1958-05-08 "Dracula" film starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire, directed by Terence Fisher is the first Hammer Horror film released
- 1974-12-19 "The Man with the Golden Gun", 9th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, premieres in London