Sir Christopher Lee, who was being treated for heart failure and respiratory problems, passed away in a hospital on Sunday morning. He was 93 years old.
Lee is best known for playing Dracula in a series of horror films early in his career, for playing a villain in the Bond film, The Man With the Golden Gun, and more recently, for playing Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. He also played Count Dooku in the last two Star Wars prequels.
He was also a singer, performing on The Wicker Man soundtrack and recording two albums of symphonic metal. In fact, in 2013, he became the oldest singer ever to enter the Billboard charts with the song Jingle Hell.
Lee also spoke eight language and was a cousin to Bond author Ian Fleming. He was knighted by Prince Charles (but did not have to kneel “because of his age” (which is a euphemism for “because he was more bad ass than the Prince).
Lee is survived by a daughter and his wife, Danish model Birgit “Gitte” Kroencke, who he married in 1961.
Here he is hilariously and wrongly introducing Meatloaf on SNL in 1978 in the only episode he hosted.
Rest in peace, Sir Lee.