Fans of a certain age will remember Christopher Lee for scaring the hell out of them.
Until his death on Wednesday in London at the age of 93, Lee had been known mainly for his role as Dracula and some such villainous character, although he had been most recently seen in action blockbusters such as Lord of the Rings, Hobbit and Star Wars.
Yahoo News inventoried his acting credits — 250 movies and television appearances in a career that goes back to his mid-twenties.
He played the fallen wizard Saruman in four of Peter Jackson’s six Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films and portrayed the twisted jedi Count Dooku in the last two Star Wars prequels, according to Yahoo.
Plus, he voiced Dooku in the 2008 animated movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
In the Roger Moore thriller The Man with the Golden Gun, Lee played Francisco Scaramanga, one of the baddest Bond villains of all time.
Lee’s efforts to avoid typecasting led him to appear on the album cover of Paul McCartney & Wings’ iconic Band on the Run.
In 1977, he hosted a classic episode of Saturday Night Live, and in his nineties, he recorded heavy-metal music.
But his biggest legacy may have been scaring up the box office with a string of successful vampire films and horror movies.
At 6-foot-4, Lee was a towering presence in his movies.
On the big screen he projected a character that terrified audiences and inspired a generation of filmmakers.
George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson can thank their good fortunes that a Christopher Lee came along.
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