Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee

Born May 27, 1922

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ is an English actor and singer. Lee initially portrayed villains and became famous for his role as Count Dracula in a string of Hammer Horror films. Other notable roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003), and Count Dooku in the final two films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002, 2005).… Read More

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1922 Birth Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was born on 27 May 1922 in Belgravia, Westminster, London, the son of Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Trollope Lee (1879–1941), of the 60th King's Royal Rifle Corps, and his wife, Countess Estelle Marie (née Carandini di Sarzano; 1889–1981). … Read More


1939 17 Years Old 1 More Event
…  At age 17 and with one year left at Wellington, the summer term of 1939 was his last. … Read More
1940 18 Years Old In early 1940, he joined Beecham's, at first as an office clerk, then as a switchboard operator. … Read More
1941 19 Years Old He was moved around to different flying stations, before going to Salisbury in December 1941. … Read More


1943 21 Years Old 1 More Event
After "killing time" at RAF Kasfareet near the Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal Zone, he resumed intelligence work in the city of Ismaïlia. He was then attached to No. 205 Group RAF before being commissioned as a pilot officer at the end of January 1943 and attached to No. 260 Squadron RAF as an intelligence officer. … Read More
1944 22 Years Old In November 1944, Lee was promoted to flight lieutenant and left the squadron in Iesi to take up a posting at Air Force HQ. … Read More
1946 24 Years Old 1 More Event
He retired from the RAF in 1946 with the rank of flight lieutenant. … Read More


1952 30 Years Old He recalled that his breakthrough came in 1952 when Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. began making films at the British National Studios. … Read More
1957 35 Years Old Like Cushing, Lee also appeared in horror films for other companies during the 20-year period from 1957 to 1977.
1961 39 Years Old …  They were engaged soon after and married on 17 March 1961.


1965 43 Years Old Other films in which Lee performed include the series of Fu Manchu films made between 1965 and 1969, in which he starred as the villain in heavy oriental make-up; I, Monster (1971), in which he played Jekyll and Hyde; The Creeping Flesh (1972); and his personal favourite, The Wicker Man (1973), in which he played Lord Summerisle. … Read More


1977 55 Years Old In 1977, Lee left England for America, concerned at being typecast in horror films, as had happened to his close friends Peter Cushing and Vincent Price. … Read More
1978 56 Years Old In 1978, Lee surprised many people with his willingness to go along with a joke by appearing as guest host on NBC's Saturday Night Live. … Read More


1991 - 2008 9 More Events
He was made a Knight Bachelor "For services to Drama and to Charity" on 13 June as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2009. … Read More
…  He was honoured with the "Spirit of Metal" award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards ceremony.
In 2011, he appeared in a Hammer film for the first time in thirty-five years, the last being 1976's To the Devil a Daughter. … Read More
2012 90 Years Old In 2012, Lee marked his fifth collaboration with Tim Burton by appearing in his film adaptation of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, in the small role of a New England fishing captain.
2013 91 Years Old 1 More Event
In an interview in August 2013, Lee said that he was "saddened" to hear that his friend Johnny Depp might retire from acting and said that he had no intention of retiring.
In 2014, he appeared in an episode of the BBC documentary series Timeshift called How to Be Sherlock Holmes: The Many Faces of a Master Detective. … Read More
Lee plays the part of The Programmer (Narrator) in the game Deus Ex Machina 2, released in March 2015. … Read More
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