Though many of you will recognize him only for his roles as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Christopher Lee’s incredible career actually goes back the 1940s. I myself recall many a night cringing alongside my brother while watching him play in the horror movies he helped make so famous. Just check out these two paragraphs I borrowed from his IMDb Bio page:
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee is perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films. Although most notable for personifying [the] bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he has portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), or Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), or as the title monster in the Hammer Horror film, The Mummy (1959).
Lee had numerous parts in film and television throughout the 1950s. He struggled initially in his new career because he was discriminated as being taller than the leading male actors of his time and being too foreign-looking. However, playing the monster in the Hammer film The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) proved to be a blessing in disguise, since the [film] was successful, leading to him being signed on for future roles in Hammer Film Productions. Lee’s association with Hammer Film Productions brought him into contact with Peter Cushing, and they became good friends. Lee and Cushing [more] often than not played contrasting roles in Hammer films, where Cushing was the protagonist and Lee the villain, whether it be Van Helsing and Dracula respectively in Horror of Dracula (1958), or John Banning and Kharis the Mummy respectively in The Mummy (1959).
Anyway, I was inspired to take a trip down memory lane after watching this really cool video:
Video via JaidynLukeStudios on YouTube
92-Year-Old Christopher Lee Returns to Middle Earth One Last Time [Video]
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