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Christopher Lee

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Also Known As: Died: June 7, 2015
Born: May 27, 1922 Cause of Death: Heart failure
Birth Place: Belgravia, London, City of, GB Profession: Cast ...
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1948:
Film debut, as Charles in "Corridor of Mirrors"
1948:
Appeared as a Palace Guard in Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet"; first film with actor Peter Cushing
1948:
First of 12 films with director Terence Fisher, "A Song For Tomorrow"
1951:
Acted in Raoul Walsh's "Captain Horatio Hornblower"
1957:
Breakthrough role as the Creature in Fisher's "The Curse of Frankenstein"; also starred Peter Cushing
1958:
Portrayed the sadistic Marquis St Evremonde in "A Tale of Two Cities"
1959:
Took on title role of "The Mummy"; Fisher directed and Cushing co-starred
1959:
First foray into Sherlock Holmes genre, playing Sir Henry Baskerville in Fisher's "The Hound of the Baskervilles"
1965:
Played Fu Manchu (first of five portrayals) in "The Face of Fu Manchu"
1965:
Second time around as Dracula in Fisher's "Dracula ¿ Prince of Darkness"
1966:
Brilliantly over-the-top as Rasputin in "Rasputin - the Mad Monk"
1968:
Last film with Fisher, "The Devil Rides Out"
1969:
Teamed with Vincent Price for "The Oblong Box"
1970:
Joined Price and Peter Cushing for "Scream and Scream Again"
1970:
Portrayed Sherlock Holmes' brother Mycroft in Billy Wilder's "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes"; the only actor to have played both brothers
1972:
Formed Charlemagne Production with Anthony Nelson Keys
1973:
Reteamed with Cushing for third and final pairing as Dracula-Von Helsing in "Satanic Rites of Dracula" (released in United States as "Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride")
1974:
Played Comte de Rochefort in Richard Lester's "The Three Musketeers"
1975:
Reprised Rochefort role for Lester's "The Four Musketeers"
1977:
Appeared in "Airport '77" as famous oceanographer Martin Wallace
1978:
Portrayed the mad scientist Victor in Disney's "The Return from Witch Mountain"
1979:
Provided voices for the animated feature "Nutcracker Fantasy"
1979:
Did a final turn as Rochefort in Lester's "The Return of the Musketeers"
1979:
Acted in Steven Spielberg's "1941"
1980:
Delivered a comic turn as a gay biker in the feature film "Serial"
1981:
Cast as Chuck Norris' nemesis in "An Eye for an Eye"
1982:
Portrayed Prince Philip in the ABC movie "Charles and Diana: A Royal Love Story"
1982:
Last film with Cushing, "The House of Long Shadows"
1984:
Acted the part of Kaka-ji Rao in the HBO miniseries "The Far Pavilions"
1986:
Played Lord Bathurst in the syndicated miniseries "Shaka Zulu"
1989:
Cast as Andrew Stuart in the NBC miniseries "Around the World in 80 Days"
1990:
Underwent a two-hour makeup transformation for his portrayal of Blind Pew in Fraser Heston's adaptation of "Treasure Island"
1992:
Reprised role of Sherlock Holmes for two syndicated miniseries' "Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls" and "Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady"
1992:
Director John Landis integrated footage from "Horror of Dracula" into his "Innocent Blood"; gave both Lee and Cushing credits in the film
1993:
Cast as the disaffected Soviet military leader General Konstatin Benin in the USA Network movie "Alistair MacLean's Death Train"
1996:
Played Pharaoh to Ben Kingsley's Moses in the TNT miniseries "Moses"
1996:
Portrayed the Evil Sender in John Landis' "The Stupids"
1997:
Appeared as Tiresias in the NBC miniseries "The Odyssey"
1998:
Portrayed the title role in "Jinnah," a biopic of the founder of Pakistan
1999:
Played a burgermeister in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"
2002:
Reprised Saruman role in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
2003:
Again portrayed Saruman in the third and final "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
2005:
Reprised role of Count Dooku in "Star Wars: Episode III ¿ Revenge of the Sith"
2005:
Played Willy Wonka's (Johnny Depp) father in Tim Burton's adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic tale "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
2007:
Collaborated with Burton for a fourth time on "Sweeney Todd," playing the spirit of Sweeney Todd's victims called The Gentleman Ghost
2008:
Voiced Count Dooku in the animated feature "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"
2010:
Re-teamed with Burton for a fifth time for "Alice in Wonderland" as the villainous Jabberwock
2012:
Returned to Middle Earth as Saruman in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson
2012:
Released a trilogy of Christmas-themed heavy metal EPs
2014:
Appeared in his final on-screen role, as Saruman in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

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