Christopher Lee: Actor Known for Roles in ‘THE LORD OF THE RINGS’ and ‘DRACULA’, Dies at 93

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<> on August 7, 2013 in Locarno, Switzerland.

Preston Barta // Features Editor

Christopher Lee, the British actor known for his many film roles such as Count Dracula in numerous films and Saruman the White in THE LORD OF THE RINGS films, has passed away at the age of 93 reports say. Lee reportedly died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London at 8:30 a.m. local time on Sunday after being admitted three weeks prior with respiratory problems.

Lee first stepped into the spotlight after portraying Count Dracula in a string of films in the ’50s and ’60s. His towering frame (at 6’5″) and deep voice made him menacing and the perfect choice for some of the most beloved villains. Lee played James Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974), Count Dooku in the STAR WARS prequel films (2002 and 2005), and the aristocratic leader of a pagan cult in THE WICKER MAN (1973).

Lee may be lost but his movies and memories of him live on. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, sweet prince.

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.