Christopher Lee is one of my favorite actors and the best actor to ever play the role of the evil Count Dracula. Mr. Lee first wore the cape in the Hammer Films remake of Dracula a.ka. Horror of Dracula. He would return to the role several more times in Hammer sequels Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Scars of Dracula, Dracula 1972, and The Satanic Rites of Dracula. His nemesis in most of those films was Peter Cushing. Cushing was another Hammer Films player who would appear in many of Christopher Lee's films. Often, he would play Dr. Van Helsing or one of his descendants (Peter Cushing would forever be remembered for his role in Star Wars as the man who controlled Darth Vader). Lee was so charismatic as Count Dracula that he wouldn't even need dialog (as in Dracula, Prince of Darkness). His icy stare and all around badditude was enough to carry a film.
During the late seventies, Lee grew tired of playing Dracula (he's one of the actors who's played the part so many times during the sixties and seventies that he was soon to be identified with the role). Not wanting to fall prey to the same misfortunes as Bela Lugosi, Mr. Lee took other parts and even refused to play Dracula in Hammer's last horror film (the odd collaboration between Hammer and Shaw Brothers Studios picture The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires). Years later whilst in semi-retirement Hollywood director Tim Burton (a big fan of Hammer horror films) wanted to work with the legendary Christopher Lee as he did with Vincent Price. Lee's career took a mainstream turn and he would appear in such films as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the last two Star Wars films.
Well into his eighties, Christopher Lee still continues to act. Despite his roles as the diabolical Fu Manchu, Sauron or Lord Dooku. He'll always be remembered as the coolest Dracula in cinema history. People want to talk about Bela Lugosi or Gary Oldman as being the best Dracula. Check out Lee's work in the Hammer films and you'll see why there is no other,
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Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee is an English actor. He initially portrayed villains and became famous for his role as Count Dracula in a string of Hammer Horror films. Other notable roles include Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man (1973), Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Count Dooku in the Star Wars series, as well as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Lee considers his most important role to have been his portrayal of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998). Lee has performed roles in 266 films since 1948.
Lee was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2009.