At 93 his death does not come as a shock, but it did come far too soon on June 7. The great underrated actor of several generations in Great Britain, Christopher Lee was something of a man for all seasons. In World War II he fought for his country with the Royal Air Force and had adventures worthy of a book on their own. (Prior to serving in that War he had volunteered to fight for Finland in the Winter War of 1939-1940, although he did not see combat.) His activities with the Special Air Service are still classified.
Taking up acting after the War, he achieved fame by starring in endless horror films produced by Hammer films. His Dracula is still considered to be the definitive portrayal. Lee warned his fans about getting involved with the occult:
“I have met people who to claimed to be Satanists, who claimed to be involved in black magic,” Lee continued.
“I certainly haven’t been involved and I warn all of you – never, never, never – you will not only lose your mind you’ll lose your soul.”
He could play anything, acting in over 200 films, although he seemed to have a penchant for over the top villains. A world champion fencer, he probably has the record for the number of sword fights in films. He always seemed to be having a very good time on and off screen.
In addition to his acting he had a notable career also as a singer.
He was fluent in several languages, including Mandarin Chinese, although he never recorded any Chinese love ballads, alas.
He entitled his first volume of memoirs: Tall, Dark and Gruesome.
Unlike a lot of actors and actresses he had a happy home life, married to the same woman for 53 years. Your life was a grand performance Mr. Lee and you will be missed.