History Creator / ChristopherLee

22nd Aug '16 6:50:53 PM CamelCase
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* PlaysGreatEthnics: Early in his career he had trouble finding roles as Englishmen because casting directors thought his Italian heritage made him look too "foreign". As a result, he's played Germans, Italians, French, Arabs, Chinese...it's probably easier to mention ethnicities he ''hasn't'' played.



* ThoseTwoActors: He worked with Creator/PeterCushing in an astonishing ''twenty-two movies together.'' Their first two films were ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (1948) and ''Moulin Rouge'' (1952), two major Class-A productions where they both had minor roles where their characters never met. Then they co-starred in ''Film/TheCurseOfFrankenstein'' (Cushing was Frankenstein, Lee was the Monster) and a beautiful partnership, and friendship, was made.
** He also had a very healthy working relationship with director Terence Young, who gave Lee his first acting role (in the 1948 film ''Corridor of Mirrors'') and directed him in several other small-to-medium sized roles before Lee received his big break in ''Film/TheCurseOfFrankenstein'' and ''Film/HorrorOfDracula''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** He was supposed to play Dr. No in the [[Film/DrNo film of the same name]] but the filmmakers chose Joseph Wiseman instead.
** He was also offered Leslie Nielsen's role in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', but turned it down because he had trouble understanding the script.
** Both Lee and Creator/PeterCushing were offered the role of Dr. Loomis in ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}''. Lee had said that turning down the role was one of the worst mistakes he'd made in his career.
** One of the reasons Lee was so excited to play King Haggard in ''Film/TheLastUnicorn'' was because "it's the closest I'll ever get to playing Theatre/KingLear''."
8th Jul '16 3:12:36 AM Saveelich
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8th Jul '16 3:11:44 AM Saveelich
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4th Jul '16 6:12:36 PM Thorion
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* He was one of the few actors to have both played and outlived Rameses the Great. Rameses died at the age of 90, he died at the age of 93.

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* He was is one of the few actors to have both played and outlived Rameses the Great. Rameses died at the age of 90, he died at the age of 93.
4th Jul '16 6:12:24 PM Thorion
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* He was one of the few actors to have both played and outlived Rameses the Great. Rameses died at the age of 90, he died at the age of 93.
25th May '16 6:44:57 AM kraas
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It is interesting to note that, despite his long and illustrious career, Lee was never even ''nominated'' for an Oscar, but [[TakeThat that reflects more on the Academy than him]]. He did, however, win the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Od_8xyDLI 2011 BAFTA Fellowship.]] He was also as of his death the most prolific film actor ''ever'', having appeared in 280 different works - his last film ''Angels in Notting Hill''. He had been due to appear in 9/11 drama ''The 11th'' alongside Uma Thurman but it was not to be.

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It is interesting to note that, despite his long and illustrious career, Lee was never even ''nominated'' for an Oscar, but [[TakeThat that reflects more on the Academy than him]]. He did, however, win the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Od_8xyDLI 2011 BAFTA Fellowship.]] He was also as of his death one of the most prolific film actor ''ever'', actors ever, having appeared in 280 different works - his last film being ''Angels in Notting Hill''. He had been due to appear in 9/11 drama ''The 11th'' alongside Uma Thurman but it was not to be.
14th May '16 5:51:25 PM WJTaylor4
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* BadassBaritone: One of the things that made him such a great villain actor was his deep, magnetically menacing voice.
14th May '16 11:44:24 AM nombretomado
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[[OverlyLongName Christopher Frank Carandini Lee]], [[KnightFever CBE, CStJ]], (May 27, 1922 -- June 7, 2015) was a veteran British actor who initially made his name playing villains - most famously Count {{Dracula}} in Film/HammerHorror films (although he was a hero in ''Film/TheDevilRidesOut''). He became well known for his horror work, and was good friends with Creator/VincentPrice and Creator/PeterCushing, and the three were known as the "Unholy Trinity of Horror" for a while. During the 1970s, he also played Lord Summerisle in the original version of ''TheWickerMan'' and Francisco Scaramanga in the film version of one of his cousin (and war buddy, but more on that later) Creator/IanFleming's books, ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''. He even played a [[ManlyGay leader of a gang of gay bikers]] in the satire on American life ''Serial''. His piercing eyes and melodious bass voice made him instantly recognizable. See CompellingVoice.

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[[OverlyLongName Christopher Frank Carandini Lee]], [[KnightFever [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CBE, CStJ]], (May 27, 1922 -- June 7, 2015) was a veteran British actor who initially made his name playing villains - most famously Count {{Dracula}} in Film/HammerHorror films (although he was a hero in ''Film/TheDevilRidesOut''). He became well known for his horror work, and was good friends with Creator/VincentPrice and Creator/PeterCushing, and the three were known as the "Unholy Trinity of Horror" for a while. During the 1970s, he also played Lord Summerisle in the original version of ''TheWickerMan'' and Francisco Scaramanga in the film version of one of his cousin (and war buddy, but more on that later) Creator/IanFleming's books, ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''. He even played a [[ManlyGay leader of a gang of gay bikers]] in the satire on American life ''Serial''. His piercing eyes and melodious bass voice made him instantly recognizable. See CompellingVoice.



He was born on the same day as Creator/VincentPrice, and Creator/PeterCushing was born the day before. Pretty... spooky. He was [[KnightFever knighted]] on October 31, 2009 (that's right folks, Halloween). While this does not make him more excellent per se, it was most assuredly long overdue. Everyone, please say, Sir Christopher Lee.

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He was born on the same day as Creator/VincentPrice, and Creator/PeterCushing was born the day before. Pretty... spooky. He was [[KnightFever [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever knighted]] on October 31, 2009 (that's right folks, Halloween). While this does not make him more excellent per se, it was most assuredly long overdue. Everyone, please say, Sir Christopher Lee.
8th Apr '16 6:07:50 AM erforce
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* He also acted as Iras/[[spoiler:the Wizard King Uriel]] in ''RhapsodyOfFire'''s epic ''The Dark Secret'' saga.

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* He also acted as Iras/[[spoiler:the Wizard King Uriel]] in ''RhapsodyOfFire'''s Music/RhapsodyOfFire's epic ''The Dark Secret'' saga.



* He had been the narrator on several ''Music/RhapsodyOfFire's'' songs, and he even sings in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZDc0js-m2Q The Magic of the Wizard's Dream]]''. ''[[{{Omniglot}} In four different languages]]'' This amount of awesome cannot be made up!

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* He had been the narrator on several ''Music/RhapsodyOfFire's'' Music/RhapsodyOfFire's songs, and he even sings in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZDc0js-m2Q The Magic of the Wizard's Dream]]''. ''[[{{Omniglot}} In four different languages]]'' This amount of awesome cannot be made up!



* His symphonic metal album ''[[Music/{{Charlemagne}} Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross]]'' featured a full voice cast, ''two'' metal bands (Manowar and RhapsodyOfFire), and ''a 100 piece orchestra''.

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* His symphonic metal album ''[[Music/{{Charlemagne}} Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross]]'' featured a full voice cast, ''two'' metal bands (Manowar (Music/{{Manowar}} and RhapsodyOfFire), Music/RhapsodyOfFire), and ''a 100 piece orchestra''.
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