Sir Christopher Lee, actor, metal singer, and all around the single most badass man alive has passed away. He was 93. Lee was known mostly for being an actor – he got his start in the 70s, playing Dracula in a series of Hammer Horror films opposite Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing. His fame at that time culminated in a turn as the Bond villain Scaramanga in The Man With the Golden Gun. As he grew older, he would find a renaissance as an older, terrifying character actor, bringing much needed gravitas to fan favorite roles like Count Dooku in Star Wars and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings.
Lee served in the Royal Air Force in World War 2, an experience he would bring to many of his roles. One famous story involves him correcting Peter Jackson’s direction during Saruman’s death scene – when told to play being stabbed in the back a certain way, he quietly explained to Jackson that he knew what it sounded like when someone was stabbed in the back, and that wasn’t it.
While well into his 90s, Lee recorded a Christmas Album. Unlike many of his contemporaries, this wasn’t a carefree album of jazzy Frank Sinatra covers, but a full on metal album. You should really listen to a sample right here:
Lee was knighted in 2009 for his services to drama and charity.
Let’s gather around now, in the honor of one of the greatest villains in history, and choose not to be sad – but utterly terrified.