Lee had numerous parts in film and television throughout the 1950s. He made his first iconic appearance as Dracula in 1958’s Horror of Dracula. He went on the star in a total of nine Dracula films. Aside from his famous portrayal of Dracula, Lee also appeared in other Hammer Films such as The Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy, and Rasputin, the Mad Monk. In the 1970s, Lee later branched out from his horror image appearing in mainstream films such as The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Three Musketeers,The Four Musketeers: Milady’s Revenge, and the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. he relocated from England to Hollywood where he continued to work making film and television appearances.
In 2002, he played the role of Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and as Saruman the White in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Lee played Count Dooku again in 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and made an appearance as Johnny Depp’s character’s father in the Tim Burton film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was 93. He was a step-cousin of Ian Fleming and survived by wife, Birgit “Gitte” Kroencke Lee, whom he married in 1961; a daughter; and a niece, British actress Harriet Walter.