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Christopher Lee
Stefan Crosscoe (Howling II)
Known aliases Christopher Frank Carandini Lee
Born 27 May 1922
London, England
Died 7 June 2015 (aged 93)
London, England
Years active 1945-2015

Sir Christopher Lee (27 May, 1922 - 7 June, 2015) was a British actor, who was born Christopher Frank Carandini Lee in Belgravia, London, England. With a career spanning more than sixty years, Lee cemented himself as a horror film icon, due in no small part to his portrayal of the infamous vampire Dracula in Hammer Horror's series of films from the 1950s and 1960s. Preceding his 1958 introduction to the world of Dracula, Lee had made appearances in two other Hammer Horror film. It was his portrayal of the Frankenstein Monster in the 1957 film The Curse of Frankenstein that put Lee on the path towards Dracula. Also for Hammer, Lee played the role of the evil Egyptian Kharis in the 1959 remake of The Mummy. He remained active as an actor almost to the end of his life, becoming very famous for his role as Saruman in Lord of the Rings and Count Dooku in Star Wars.

Dracula Edit

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Lee as Dracula

Lee first donned the cloak and fangs of Count Dracula in the 1958 Terence Fisher film Horror of Dracula (sometimes referred to only as Dracula). Though this film established his genre career for several more sequels, Lee was absent from the following film, Brides of Dracula and did not resume the role again until the 1966 film Dracula: Prince of Darkness. This movie stands out from the others, as this is the only film of Lee's Dracula set where the character has no dialogue. The following three sequels, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Taste the Blood of Dracula, and Scars of Dracula all took place in the 19th century and found the lord of the undead pitted against his sworn enemy Van Helsing (played by Lee's longtime friend Peter Cushing in nearly every film). As the title suggests, Dracula 1972 A.D. propelled the vampire lord into the 20th century where he was now forced to combat Van Helsing's living descendents. Lee's final portrayal of Dracula for Hammer was in the critically reviled Satanic Rites of Dracula. Lee was offered to resume the part for 1974's Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (the last Hammer Dracula film), but turned it down after reading the script. [1]

1980s Edit

In 1985, Lee played the role of occult scholar Stefan Crosscoe in The Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf. According to one interview, Lee agreed to do the movie because he had never before been in a werewolf film. In 1990, Lee worked with director Joe Dante (the director of the first Howling) in the film Gremlins II: The New Batch, at which point Lee apologized to Dante for having worked in The Howling II. [2]

1990sEdit

in 1999, Lee played a small part in Tim Burton's horror film Sleepy Hollow as the Burgomaster that sends Ichabod (Johnny Depp) to investigate the murders at Sleepy Hollow.

Body of Work Edit

Hammer's Dracula series Edit

Film Character Year
Horror of DraculaDracula1958
Dracula: Prince of DarknessDracula1966
Dracula Has Risen from the GraveDracula1968
Taste the Blood of DraculaDracula1970
Scars of DraculaDracula1970
Dracula 1972 A.D.Dracula1972
Satanic Rites of DraculaDracula1973

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References Edit

  1. Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires at IMDB
  2. Howling II at IMDB

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