Sir Christopher Lee Dead At Age 93
Sir Christopher Lee, who has worked in more than 300 movies, including famous “The Lord Of The Rings”, “Star Wars”, “The Man With The Golden Gun”, “Dracula”, “The Wicker Man” and most recently “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies”, has passed away at the age of 93. He died in a London hospital on Sunday after being treated for respiratory problems.
Sir Christopher Le e last December released his latest heavy metal single titled”Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing”. The single was a playful take on the Christmas classic “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and included three different mixes of the song.”It’s light-hearted, joyful and fun. It’s a band singing on how metal should be played, the effect it has on the band and its listeners,” Sir Christopher explained. Lee joined forces once again with guitar prodigy Hedras Ramos, who had previously worked with Christopher on the album “Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death” (2013), replacing Richie Faulkner (JUDAS PRIEST) and “A Heavy Metal Christmas” (2012), which was Sir Christopher’s first venture into “Christmas metal.”Christopher Lee became the oldest heavy metal artist at the age of 91. At Christmas 2013, the song “Jingle Hell” reached No. 18 on Billboard, making him the oldest performer in history to have charted.
The veteran actor, whose films include Dracula, The Wicker Man and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, died on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, according to reports.
The decision to release the news days later was based on his wife’s desire to inform family members first. The couple had been married for more than 50 years.
Here are some of his career highlights in pictures.
“This last decade has been the most extraordinary decade of my life,” he said in a 2012 interview.
Sir Christopher Lee and Tim Burton
Knighted in 2009, Sir Christopher was given the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) fellowship in 2011.
He was presented with the award by Tim Burton, with whom he made four films: Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd and Dark Shadows (he also narrated the poem that became The Nightmare Before Christmas).
Accepting the award, Sir Christopher Lee said: “There was a newspaper this morning that told you i was going to cry – something I don’t often do, in films at any rate.
“But it’s a very emotional moment for me. I’m thankful that I don’t follow in the steps of the great Stanley Kubrick, whose award was posthumous.”
Christopher Lee and his wife, Gitte
Still active into his 90s, he recorded several heavy metal albums and, in 2012, attended the premiere of James Bond film Skyfall, along with his wife, Brigit.
He said the secret to having a 50-year marriage was simple. “Marry someone wonderful.”