Christopher Lee was a veteran English actor who is most renowned for playing Count Dooku in the Star Wars trilogy from the Hollywood movie industry.
Christopher Lee was an extremely talented actor. Christopher Lee was also an immensely talented singer as well as an accomplished author. Christopher Lee’s acting career spanned an impressive 70 years in which he portrayed numerous memorable villains on the big screen. One of Christopher Lee’s most prominent roles was playing the famous vampire Count Dracula in a series of Hammer Horror movies.
Christopher Lee earned immense awards and honors in his lifetime and his legacy of impressive acting lives on in innumerable Hollywood movies till date.
About Christopher Lee
|Real Name||Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee|
|Date of Birth||27th May 1922|
|Date of Demise||7th June 2015|
|Age (at the time of death)||93 years|
|Place of Birth||Belgravia (London)|
|Education||Graduated from Wellington College (Berkshire, UK)|
|Height||6 ft 5"
(196 cm) approximately
Family & Relationships
|Father||Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Trollope Lee
(60th King's Royal Rifle Corps)
|Mother||Countess Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano
|Sister||Sheila Margaret Carandini (Older)
(Secretary with Church of England Pensions Board)
|Wife||Birgit "Gitte" Kroncke
|Net Worth||INR 177,00,00,000
(USD 25 Million)
|Famous for||MOVIES -
Corridor of Mirrors (1948), Trottie True (1949), They Were Not Divided (1950), Valley of Eagles (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), Innocents in Paris (1953), Destination Milan (1954), Storm Over the Nile (1955), The Battle of the River Plate (1956), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), The City of the Dead (1960), Taste of Fear (1961), Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), The Virgin of Nuremberg (1963), Terror in the Crypt (1964), The Face of Fu Machu (1965), Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966), The Blood Demon (1967), Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), The Magic Christian (1969), Count Dracula, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), Hannie Caulder (1971), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula, The Wicker Man (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Diagnosis: Murder (1975), The Keeper (1976), End of the World (1977), Caravans (1978), Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979), Serial (1980), An Eye for An Eye (1981), The Last Unicorn (1982), House of the Long Shadows (1983), The Rosebud Beach Hotel (1984), Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985), The Girl (1986), Jocks (1987), Dark Mission (1988), Murder Story (1989), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991), Jackpot (1992), Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994), A Feast At Midnight (1995), Welcome to the Discoworld (1996), Jinnah (1998), Sleepy Hollow (1999), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (2001), Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Crimson Rivers II: Angel of the Apocalypse (2004), Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), The Golden Compass (2007), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), Boogie Woogie (2009), The Heavy (2010), Seasons of the Witch, Hugo (2011), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), Night Train to Lisbon (2013), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), Angels in Notting Hill (2016)
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents (1953-1956), Moby Dick - Rehearsed (1955), The Adventures of Aggie - "Cut Glass" (1956), Assignment Foreign Legion - "As We Forgive" and "The Anaya" (1956-1957), The Errol Flynn Theater (1957), White Hunter - "The Hungry Hell" (1958), The Adventures of William Tell - "Manhunt" (1959), Tales of the Vikings - "The Bull" (1960), The Alfred Hitchcock Hour - "The Sign of Satan" (1964), The Avengers - "The Interrogators" (1969), Orson Welles's Great Mysteries - "The Leather Funnel" (1973), Space: 1999 - "Earthbound" (1976), The Pirate (1978), Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979), Once Upon a Spy (1980), Evil Stalks This House (1981), Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982), The Far Pavilions (1984), The Disputation (1986), Around the World in 80 Days (1989), Treasure Island (1990), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991), Incident at Victoria Falls (1992), Death Train (1993), Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1995), The Odyssey (1997), The New Adventures of Robin Hood (1997-1998), Ghost Stories for Christmas (2000), Pope John Paul II (2005)
|First Movie||Corridor of Mirrors (1948)|
|Hobbies||Loved golfing, playing racquets, cricket, fencing and acting|
Christopher Lee was most recognized for towering height and slender physique. Christopher Lee’s imposing figure, combined with his deep, basso voice allowed him to portray menacing villains and many monsters in numerous horror films. Christopher Lee’s acting career lasted over 7 decades in which he appeared in over 200 films. After having earned a reputation for playing such fictitious figures Christopher Lee became synonymous with Count Dracula for generations to come. After having become tired of being type-cast in similar roles in numerous horror films from the British film industry, Christopher Lee moved to the US in 1977. After legendary Hollywood director Steven Spielberg saw his performance as a guest host on an episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) Christopher Lee made his Hollywood debut with the director in 1979.
Christopher Lee’s age at the time of his death was 93 years, as Christopher Lee was born on the 27th of May, 1922 in Belgravia, London and Christopher Lee died of heart failure on the 7th of June, 2015 in Chelsea, London. Christopher Lee’s height was an impressive 6 ft 5 inches (196 cm). Christopher Lee’s weight was around 80 kg (176 lbs). Christopher Lee’s hobbies included golfing, playing racquets, cricket and fencing. Christopher Lee’s passions were acting and singing.
Christopher Lee’s father was Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Trollope Lee, who was in the 60th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Christopher Lee’s mother was Countess Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano, who was an Edwardian beauty, a model for popular painters and sculptors of the time. Christopher Lee was the second child to his parent before they divorced. Although Christopher Lee did not have any brothers, Christopher Lee’s older sister was Sheila Margaret Carandini, who worked as a secretary with the Church of England Pensions Board. Christopher Lee’s relationship status at the time of his death was married. Christopher Lee’s wife was Brigit “Gitte” Kroncke, a popular Danish supermodel and painter, with whom he was married from March, 1976 to his death in 2015. Christopher Lee and his wife have a daughter, Christina Erika Carandini Lee, who is a singer.
Christopher Lee’s immense career span and his impressive acting skills made Christopher Lee a significantly successful actor. Christopher Lee’s net worth was estimated around INR 177 crores (USD 25 Million) at the time of his death in 2015.
Talking about Christopher Lee’s popularity as an actor, Christopher Lee was the recipient of several acting awards and honors as well as numerous award nominations too.
Christopher Lee was knighted a CBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2001. Apart from this, Christopher Lee was also honored with the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in December, 2002.
The list of Christopher Lee’s award-wins include winning the:
- Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast for his role in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ (2001)
- MTV Movie Award for Best Fight for his performance in ‘Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones’ (2002)
- Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast for his role in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ (2002)
- Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast for his role in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ (2002)
- Teen Choice Award for Movie – Choice Fight (shared with co-star Mia Wasikowska) for his performance in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010)
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award (BAFTA Fellowship)
- British Film Institute (BFI) 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award (BFI Fellowship)
Apart from winning these awards Christopher Lee had around 10 award nominations to his credit too.
Interesting Facts About Christopher Lee
- Christopher Lee considered his performances in ‘Jinnah’ (1998) and in The Wicker Man’ (1973) as his best and personally favorite performances.
- Christopher Lee was an honorary member of 3 stuntmen’s unions.
- Christopher Lee was interested in acting since a very young age and appeared as the main lead in his school stage production of ‘Rumpelstiltskin’.
- Christopher Lee held the Guinness World Record for being the Tallest Leading Actor.
- Christopher Lee confessed he had acted in over 230 films at last count.