Christopher Lee, who starred in Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, would have turned 100 years old today. The late cinematic great, who was born on May 27, 1922, passed away in 2015, but admirers are still remembering him on his birthday.
Christopher Lee had an illustrious career that spanned over seven decades, beginning in the early 1950s, and included such as Count Dracula in Hammer horror films, Francisco Scaramanga in James Bond’s The Man with the Golden Gun, and Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man. However, most Star Wars fans will identify Lee as Count Dooku from Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies was one of his most well-known performances. He is the only cast member who has met author J.R.R. Tolkien, and he originally intended to portray Gandalf, but director Peter Jackson convinced him that the White Wizard was a better fit for him.
We could go on and on about the amazing things Lee has accomplished in his life, especially given how well-rounded he was. Lee was a strong vocalist who recorded two symphonic metal albums, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010 and Charlemagne: The Omens of Death in 2013, in addition to being an actor.
Christopher Lee frequently collaborated with fellow Star Wars actor Peter Cushing, whose birthday is one day before Lee‘s. Cushing was born on May 25, 1913, but died in August 1994 as a result of prostate cancer complications. Happy birthday, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Vincent Price. Your fans will hold you in high regard for the rest of their life.