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18 Facts about Sir Christopher Lee

    British actor Christopher Lee (1922 – 2015) is best known for playing the villain: as Dracula in numerous films and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also sang on several albums, EPs, and singles and narrated over a dozen audiobooks by celebrated authors.

    18 Facts about Sir Christopher Lee

    1. Christopher Lee appears in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest video game voice actor. He was 91 years and 316 days old when he narrated the 2014 Lego action-adventure themed Lego The Hobbit video game. His first entry into the GBWR was in 1957 as the tallest actor —6′ 5″ (1.96 m) in a leading role (The Curse of Frankenstein). His second award, “Most films with a sword-fight by an actor”, his third, “Most screen credits for a living actor” (258 films by 2007) and his fourth award was for being the “Most connected actor” in 2008.
    2. Christopher Lee sang on over 100 tracks and entered Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Jingle Hell” at the age of 91 which made him the second oldest living artist to enter the charts.
    3. His epic career led him to acting alongside three different Gollum’s and three different James Bonds, respectively: Gollum’s—Theodore Gottlieb, Peter Woodthorpe, and Andy Serkis. Bond’s—Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. But wait, there’s more: Lee also portrayed three different Sherlock Holmes characters: Sherlock, and his brother, Mycroft Holmes and also Sir Henry Baskerville.
    4. Lee served in the Royal Air Force and in British Intelligence during World War II. From 1941-1946 Lee served in the British Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as an active member of the Special Forces. A distant step-cousin of Bond author, Ian Fleming, many claim Lee as the author’s inspiration for James Bond.
    5. An expert on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, it is said that Christopher Lee read the LoTR trilogy once a year for decades. He was the only cast member of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy to have actually met Tolkien.
    6. Lee played the role of Count Dracula in ten movies.
    7. Christopher Lee didn’t begin his film acting career until the age of 25 yet he managed to earn a whopping 282 film credits as an actor. He never retired.
    8. The 1995 Miss World beauty pageant had Lee on its panel of judges.
    9. Lee appears on the cover of Paul McCartney and Wings third studio album, Band on the Run (1973).
    10. Christopher Lee could speak in French, German, Italian, and in Spanish. He could only “get along” when speaking in Greek, Russian and Swedish.
    11. All of his scenes for Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) were shot in one day.
    12. Lee’s final vocal track was as the narrator of “The Last Vampire” on the debut album of Hollywood Vampires whose members include Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp.
    13. Christopher Lee is the only actor to have played a classic horror monster character ( Count Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and the Mummy) and a Star Wars villain and a James Bond villain.
    14. Lee was good friends with two fellow Brit’s in the horror hall of fame: Peter Cushing and Boris Karloff. Lee and Karloff were next-door neighbors in England.
    15. Christopher Lee’s paycheck for his role in Dracula (1958) was $1,360.
    16. Lee performed, uncredited, as a stunt driver in the 1974 James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. He was 52 years old and became an honorary member of three stuntmen’s unions.
    17. Lee starred in, and sang in, the pagan horror cult classic, Wicker Man (1973), as well as is credited on several heavy metal recordings showcasing his deep voice.
    18. In the years 1955 and 1970, Lee starred in nine films each year. 9×2=18. Let that sink in.