Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ (born May 27, 1922, died June 7, 2015) was an English actor and musician. Lee initially portrayed villains and became famous for his role as Count Dracula in a string of Hammer Horror films. Other notable roles include Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man (1973), Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Count Dooku in Star Wars episodes II and III (2002, 2005) and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003). Lee considers his most important role to have been his portrayal of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998). He is well known for his deep, strong voice. Lee has performed roles in 266 films since 1948 making him the Guinness book world record holder for most film acting roles ever. He was knighted in 2009 and received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

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Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to reclaim their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  Ian McKellen  •  Martin Freeman  •  Richard Armitage  •  Andy Serkis

Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to reclaim their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  Ian McKellen  •  Martin Freeman  •  Richard Armitage  •  Andy Serkis

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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The evil Darth Sidious enacts his final plan for unlimited power -- and the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker must choose a side.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Hayden Christensen  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Natalie Portman  •  Ian McDiarmid

The evil Darth Sidious enacts his final plan for unlimited power -- and the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker must choose a side.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Hayden Christensen  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Natalie Portman  •  Ian McDiarmid

The Golden Compass (2007)

After overhearing a shocking secret, precocious orphan Lyra Belacqua trades her carefree existence roaming the halls of Jordan College for an otherworldly adventure in the far North, unaware that it's part of her destiny.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Weitz
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Daniel Craig  •  Eva Green  •  Ian McShane

After overhearing a shocking secret, precocious orphan Lyra Belacqua trades her carefree existence roaming the halls of Jordan College for an otherworldly adventure in the far North, unaware that it's part of her destiny.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Weitz
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Daniel Craig  •  Eva Green  •  Ian McShane

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

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Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make sure that the ring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Ian McKellen  •  Viggo Mortensen  •  Liv Tyler

Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make sure that the ring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Ian McKellen  •  Viggo Mortensen  •  Liv Tyler

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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Immediately after the events of The Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo and the dwarves try to defend Erebor's mountain of treasure from others who claim it: the men of the ruined Laketown and the elves of Mirkwood. Meanwhile an army of Orcs led by Azog the Defiler is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  John Bell  •  Dean O'Gorman  •  Lee Pace  •  Martin Freeman

Immediately after the events of The Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo and the dwarves try to defend Erebor's mountain of treasure from others who claim it: the men of the ruined Laketown and the elves of Mirkwood. Meanwhile an army of Orcs led by Azog the Defiler is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  John Bell  •  Dean O'Gorman  •  Lee Pace  •  Martin Freeman

Night Train to Lisbon (2013)

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Raimund Gregorius, having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death, stumbles upon a mesmerizing book by a Portuguese author, which compels him to suddenly abandon the boring life he has led for years and to embark on an enthralling adventure. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bille August
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Christopher Lee  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Jack Huston

Raimund Gregorius, having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death, stumbles upon a mesmerizing book by a Portuguese author, which compels him to suddenly abandon the boring life he has led for years and to embark on an enthralling adventure. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bille August
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Christopher Lee  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Jack Huston

1941 (1979)

In the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, panic grips California, where a military officer leads a mob chasing a Japanese sub.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Dan Aykroyd  •  Ned Beatty  •  John Belushi  •  Lorraine Gary

In the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, panic grips California, where a military officer leads a mob chasing a Japanese sub.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Dan Aykroyd  •  Ned Beatty  •  John Belushi  •  Lorraine Gary

Airport '77 (1977)

Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle after a hijacking gone wrong. Now the surviving passengers must brave panic, slow leaks, oxygen depletion, and more while attempting a daring plan, all while 200 feet underwater.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Jameson
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  Lee Grant  •  Brenda Vaccaro  •  Joseph Cotten

Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle after a hijacking gone wrong. Now the surviving passengers must brave panic, slow leaks, oxygen depletion, and more while attempting a daring plan, all while 200 feet underwater.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Jameson
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  Lee Grant  •  Brenda Vaccaro  •  Joseph Cotten

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

A naval adventure, based on the novels by C.S. Forester, about the heroic, 19th-century British seafarer. The story sails with his ship, the Lydia, through battles with Spain and then France won with wit rather than might.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Virginia Mayo  •  Robert Beatty  •  James Robertson Justice

A naval adventure, based on the novels by C.S. Forester, about the heroic, 19th-century British seafarer. The story sails with his ship, the Lydia, through battles with Spain and then France won with wit rather than might.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Virginia Mayo  •  Robert Beatty  •  James Robertson Justice

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

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A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Freddie Highmore  •  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Julia Winter

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Freddie Highmore  •  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Julia Winter

Corpse Bride (2005)

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Set in a 19th-century european village, this stop-motion animation feature follows the story of Victor, a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious corpse bride, while his real bride Victoria waits bereft in the land of the living.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton  •  Mike Johnson
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Emily Watson  •  Tracey Ullman

Set in a 19th-century european village, this stop-motion animation feature follows the story of Victor, a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious corpse bride, while his real bride Victoria waits bereft in the land of the living.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton  •  Mike Johnson
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Emily Watson  •  Tracey Ullman

Count Dracula (1970)

Jess Franco's version of the Bram Stoker classic has Count Dracula as an old man who grows younger whenever he dines on the blood of young maidens.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jesús Franco
CAST:  Christopher Lee  •  Herbert Lom  •  Fred Williams  •  Maria Rohm

Jess Franco's version of the Bram Stoker classic has Count Dracula as an old man who grows younger whenever he dines on the blood of young maidens.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jesús Franco
CAST:  Christopher Lee  •  Herbert Lom  •  Fred Williams  •  Maria Rohm

Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)

No one is safe when seemingly random killings emerge as a deadly pattern intended to usher in the end of the world. A murder victim with the same DNA as Christ. A serial killer mimicking the deaths of the 12 Apostles. Inspector Niemans and a young, rebellious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Dahan
CAST:  Jean Reno  •  Benoît Magimel  •  Camille Natta  •  Christopher Lee

No one is safe when seemingly random killings emerge as a deadly pattern intended to usher in the end of the world. A murder victim with the same DNA as Christ. A serial killer mimicking the deaths of the 12 Apostles. Inspector Niemans and a young, rebellious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Olivier Dahan
CAST:  Jean Reno  •  Benoît Magimel  •  Camille Natta  •  Christopher Lee

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

Five strangers board a train and are joined by a mysterious fortune teller who offers to read their Tarot cards. Five separate stories unfold: An architect returns to his ancestoral home to find a werewolf out for revenge; a doctor discovers his new wife is a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Freddie Francis
CAST:  Christopher Lee  •  Peter Cushing  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Bernard Lee

Five strangers board a train and are joined by a mysterious fortune teller who offers to read their Tarot cards. Five separate stories unfold: An architect returns to his ancestoral home to find a werewolf out for revenge; a doctor discovers his new wife is a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Freddie Francis
CAST:  Christopher Lee  •  Peter Cushing  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Bernard Lee

Dracula (1958)

After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle, the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Fisher
CAST:  Peter Cushing  •  Christopher Lee  •  Michael Gough  •  Melissa Stribling

After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle, the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Fisher
CAST:  Peter Cushing  •  Christopher Lee  •  Michael Gough  •  Melissa Stribling

Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

Set in London in the early 1970's, supposedly for teen thrills, Johnny organises a black magic ceremony in a desolate churchyard. The culmination of the ritual, however, is the rejuvenation of Dracula from shrivelled remains. Johnny, Dracula' s disciple, lures ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Gibson
CAST:  Christopher Lee  •  Peter Cushing  •  Stephanie Beacham  •  Christopher Neame

Set in London in the early 1970's, supposedly for teen thrills, Johnny organises a black magic ceremony in a desolate churchyard. The culmination of the ritual, however, is the rejuvenation of Dracula from shrivelled remains. Johnny, Dracula' s disciple, lures ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Gibson
CAST:  Christopher Lee  •  Peter Cushing  •  Stephanie Beacham  •  Christopher Neame

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

Young sweethearts Billy and Kate move to the Big Apple, land jobs in a high-tech office park and soon reunite with the friendly and lovable Gizmo. But a series of accidents creates a whole new generation of Gremlins. The situation worsens when the devilish green ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Dante
CAST:  Zach Galligan  •  Phoebe Cates  •  John Glover  •  Robert Prosky

Young sweethearts Billy and Kate move to the Big Apple, land jobs in a high-tech office park and soon reunite with the friendly and lovable Gizmo. But a series of accidents creates a whole new generation of Gremlins. The situation worsens when the devilish green ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Dante
CAST:  Zach Galligan  •  Phoebe Cates  •  John Glover  •  Robert Prosky

Hamlet (1948)

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired—both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself—as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurence Olivier
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Jean Simmons  •  John Laurie  •  Esmond Knight

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired—both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself—as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurence Olivier
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Jean Simmons  •  John Laurie  •  Esmond Knight

House of the Long Shadows (1983)

An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a $20,000 bet that he can write a classic novel like 'Wuthering Heights' in 24 hours. However, upon his arrival he discovers that the apparently empty manor has several rather odd inhabitants.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Walker
CAST:  Vincent Price  •  Christopher Lee  •  Peter Cushing  •  Desi Arnaz Jr.

An American writer goes to a remote Welsh manor on a $20,000 bet that he can write a classic novel like 'Wuthering Heights' in 24 hours. However, upon his arrival he discovers that the apparently empty manor has several rather odd inhabitants.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Walker
CAST:  Vincent Price  •  Christopher Lee  •  Peter Cushing  •  Desi Arnaz Jr.

Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch (1985)

After his sister is turned into a werewolf and subsequently killed, Ben White decides to help the enigmatic Stefan Crosscoe fight the growing population of lupine monsters, along with the lovely Jenny Templeton. Traveling to Transylvania, Ben, Jenny and Crosscoe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe Mora
CAST:  Christopher Lee  •  Annie McEnroe  •  Reb Brown  •  Marsha Hunt

After his sister is turned into a werewolf and subsequently killed, Ben White decides to help the enigmatic Stefan Crosscoe fight the growing population of lupine monsters, along with the lovely Jenny Templeton. Traveling to Transylvania, Ben, Jenny and Crosscoe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe Mora
CAST:  Christopher Lee  •  Annie McEnroe  •  Reb Brown  •  Marsha Hunt
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