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Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee's biography

Christopher Lee is 93 years old actor born on on Saturday 27th of May 1922. He is often nicknamed as Chris. According to year of birth 1922 he belongs to Greatest Generation. Birthday on 27th of May means he is Gemini. Gemini is a dual sign of Zodiac Belt. One born with this rising sign is very dual and creative in nature with lots of verbosity. They are the most expressive people as they love talking.

He is native english speaker. He is citizen of United Kingdom. His primary profession is to be actor. You can know him also as television actor, film actor, singer, opera singer, writer, voice actor, character actor, military personnel, stage actor, film producer, orator, photographer. He is recently known as SOE agent.

Christopher Lee's dad

Christopher Lee's father's name is Geoffrey Trollope Lee.

Christopher Lee's mom

Christopher Lee's mother's name is Estelle Maria Carandini.

Christopher Lee's family

Christopher Lee's ex spouse

Gitte Lee

Christopher Lee and Gitte Lee have been together since 1961 for 54 years. She is known as actor. His ex spouse was born on Saturday 20th of April 1935 in Copenhagen.

Christopher Lee's schools

We found 2 schools He attended. Complete list of schools: Wellington College, Summer Fields School.

Detailed informations about his schools

  • He studied at Summerfield Preparatory School and attended Wellington College.

Christopher Lee's career

His main focus is to be actor and video game industry. He is famous thanks to Dracula.

How did Christopher Lee die

He died on on Sunday 7th of June 2015 when he was 93 years old. Christopher Lees death was caused by heart failure. It happend like natural causes.

Awards and competitions

Christopher Lee's Awards

  • He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
  • He was awarded Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon on December 11, 2002.
  • In 2008, he received a lifetime achievement award at Pula Film Festival (Croatia).
  • He was awarded Commander of the Venerable Order of Saint John in 1997.
  • He was awarded Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand in 2011.
  • He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Hamlet (1948) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). He is the only actor to appear in two films which were released more than 50 years apart and both won Best Picture.

What Christopher Lee has done for a first time

  • From an acting dynasty, his great-grandparents founded the first Australian opera company.
  • As Darth Tyranus, he plays the first Sith apprentice to act in both body and voice.
  • Two of his roles have been as leaders of a separatist movement. The first was Jinnah (1998), about Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan. The second was in the Star Wars series as Count Dooku, the former mentor of Qui-Gon Jinn.
  • He got started in films when his cousin Count Nicolò Carandini, Italy's first post war ambassador to Britain introduced him to Filipo Del Guidice of Two Cities Film.
  • The first horror film he ever saw was The Dark Eyes of London (1939) starring Bela Lugosi when he was 17 years old.

Christopher Lee's quotes

  • I stopped appearing as Dracula in 1972 because in my opinion the presentation of the character had deteriorated to such an extent, particularly bringing him into the contemporary day and age, that it really no longer had any meaning.
  • Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff didn't like the word "horror". They, like I, went for the French description: "the theatre of the fantastique".
  • There are many vampires in the world today - you only have to think of the film business.
  • In Britain, any degree of success is met with envy and resentment.
  • [on the Rhapsody DVD documentary special edition of "The Dark Secret"] One should try anything he can in his career, except folkdance and incest.
  • In my opinion - and I think I know as much if not more about Bond than anyone, particularly about the characters on whom [Ian Fleming] told me Bond was based - Pierce Brosnan was by far the best and closest to the character.
  • I've always acknowledged my debt to Hammer. I've always said I'm very grateful to them. They gave me this great opportunity, made me a well-known face all over the world for which I am profoundly grateful.
  • I was once asked what I thought was the most disquieting thing you could see on the screen and I said, "An open door".
  • I think acting is a mixture of instinct, imagination and inventiveness. All you can learn as an actor is basic technique.
  • [on Peter Cushing] He really was the most gentle and generous of men. I have often said he died because he was too good for this world.
  • (on Vincent Price and Peter Cushing) They were both grand masters of their art but more importantly as human beings... wonderful people, wonderful actors and I miss them very very much.
  • I will play no more monsters. Dracula is different; he is such an exciting person.
  • A real actor has to have an awful lot of imagination, and I do have a great deal.
  • You can never be a proper actor without good instincts.
  • I would rather have been an opera singer than anything else.
  • I think that - apart from the fields of science and medicine - we live in an age of decline. Look at the world. There is decline in morals, ideals, manners, respect, truthfulness: just about everything, in fact.
  • [on Johnny Depp's hints at retiring from acting] Johnny is a star - and that's not a term I ever use lightly. There are not a lot of them around today. It makes me sad that such a genuinely talented person is considering giving it all up.
  • [from an interview in 2011] Please don't describe me as a "horror legend". I moved on from that.
  • I hate being idle. As dear Boris [Boris Karloff] used to say, when I die I want to die with my boots on.
  • When the Second World War finished, I was 23 and already I had seen enough horror to last me a lifetime. I'd seen dreadful, dreadful things, without saying a word. Seeing horror depicted on film doesn't affect me much.
  • To be a legend, you've either got to be dead or excessively old.
  • Of course, you can be... disappointed at times. I've done movies which are remarkably horrid. I've been wildly miscast in others. I've given some truly lackluster performances in still others. But, it's all part of your training.
  • One day, I hope somebody will sum up my career thus: "He was different". That would satisfy me.
  • People sometimes come up to me, and they say, "I've seen all your films, Mr. Lee," and I say, "Oh no, you haven't.".
  • Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.
  • My confidence in The Face of Fu Manchu (1965) was justified. The picture did well. The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966) was tosh. The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967) took me to Hong Kong for some excellent golf.

Christopher Lee's body shape

Lets describe how Christopher Lee looks. We will focus on his body shape. Body build is average.