Iconic actor Christopher Lee dies age 93
Sir Christopher Lee, star of many of Hammer Horror's most iconic films as well as series of other blockbusters, has died at the age of 93.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the actor died on Sunday morning (June 7th) in London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital after suffering from respiratory problems.
Born in 1922, he began acting in the late 1940s after returning home from fighting in World War II, but shot to fame in 1958 after starring as Count Dracula in Hammer Horror's iconic adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic.
He would go to act in numerous other horror movies for the studio before achieving mainstream success with roles in The Wicker Man and as the villain in James Bond's 1974 outing The Man With The Golden Gun.
In his later years Lee also starred in Peter Jackson's lavish adaptation of The Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings, playing the wizard Saruman, and filmed parts in the second Star Wars trilogy, Hugo and The Golden Compass.
Lee was also a musician and released a series of EPs and albums during his career, mostly featuring his voice set against heavy metal. He was knighted in 2009.