Der britische "Dracula"-Schauspieler Christopher Lee hatte bei UNICEF seine Lieblingsrolle gefunden: Als UNICEF-Ehrenbotschafter setzte er sich für Kinder. Finde auf otlamp.com die neuesten Film-Specials. Wir fahnden nach internationalen Schauspielstars, die Deutsch sprechen können (auch wenn einige es. 'Sir Christopher Lee' war bekannt dafür, viele Sprachen zu beherrschen. Sein intensives Interesse für die deutsche Sprache kam daher, dass er gerne auf.
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There was a huge row. When I had left Spain that day everyone behind me had taken their clothes off! In addition to making films in the United Kingdom, Lee made films in mainland Europe: he appeared in two German films, Count Dracula , where he again played the vampire count, and The Torture Chamber of Dr.
Sadism Other films in Europe he made include Castle of the Living Dead and Horror Express Lee was a producer of the horror film Nothing But the Night also , in which he also starred.
It was the first and last film he ever produced, as he did not enjoy the process. Lee appeared as the Comte de Rochefort in Richard Lester 's The Three Musketeers He was wounded in his left knee during filming, an injury he still felt many years later.
Although "killed" in the latter film, he reprised the role in The Return of the Musketeers , with his character given token dialogue explaining that his wound in the earlier film's climactic sword fight wasn't fatal.
After the mids, Lee eschewed horror roles almost entirely. Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond spy novels and Lee's step-cousin, had offered him the role of the titular antagonist in the first Eon-produced Bond film Dr.
No Lee enthusiastically accepted, but by the time Fleming told the producers, they had already chosen Joseph Wiseman for the role. Lee said of his performance, "In Fleming's novel he's just a West Indian thug, but in the film he's charming, elegant, amusing, lethal I played him like the dark side of Bond.
Because of his filming schedule in Bangkok , film director Ken Russell was unable to sign Lee to play the Specialist in Tommy That role was eventually given to Jack Nicholson.
In an AMC documentary on Halloween , John Carpenter states that he offered the role of Samuel Loomis to Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, before Donald Pleasence took the role.
Years later, Lee met Carpenter, and told him that the biggest regret of his career was not taking the role of Dr.
Lee appeared on the cover of the Wings album Band on the Run , along with others including chat show host Michael Parkinson , singer Kenny Lynch , film actor James Coburn , world boxing champion John Conteh , and broadcaster Clement Freud.
In , Lee left the UK for the US, concerned at being typecast in horror films, as had happened to his close friends Peter Cushing and Vincent Price.
He said in an interview in Peter and Vincent made some wonderful serious movies but are only known for horror. That was why I went to America.
I couldn't see anything happening here except a continuation of what had gone before. A couple of friends, Dick Widmark and Billy Wilder , told me I had to get away from London otherwise I would always be typecast.
His first American film was the disaster film Airport '77 In , Lee surprised many people with his willingness to go along with a joke, by appearing as guest host on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
Barry Rumack finally played by Leslie Nielsen in the disaster spoof Airplane! Lee appeared in The Return of Captain Invincible , a comedy-musical film.
Lee sings on two tracks in the film "Name Your Poison" and "Mister Midnight" , written by Richard O'Brien who had written The Rocky Horror Picture Show seven years previously and Richard Hartley.
Later, he appeared alongside Reb Brown and Sybil Danning in Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf Lee made his last appearances as Sherlock Holmes in Incident at Victoria Falls and Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady In addition to more than a dozen feature films together for Hammer Films , Amicus Productions , and other companies, Lee and Peter Cushing both appeared in Hamlet and Moulin Rouge , albeit in separate scenes; and in separate instalments of the Star Wars films: Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in the original film and Lee decades later as Count Dooku.
The last project which united them in person was a documentary, Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror , which they jointly narrated.
It was the last time they saw each other, as Cushing died two months later. In , Lee starred in the role of Muhammad Ali Jinnah , the founder of Pakistan , in the film Jinnah.
In , while talking about his favourite role in film at a press conference at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival , he declared that his role in Jinnah was his best performance and called Muhammad Ali Jinnah "an incorruptible man of great integrity and vision.
Lee played Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. In the commentary, he stated he had a decades-long dream to play Gandalf , but that he was now too old, and that his physical limitations prevented him from being considered.
The role of Saruman, by contrast, required no horse riding and much less fighting. Lee had met J. Tolkien once making him the only person involved in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy to have done so and made a habit of reading the novels at least once a year.
Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings marked the beginning of a major career revival that continued in Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith , in which he played the villainous Count Dooku.
He did most of the swordplay himself, though a double was required for the long shots with more vigorous footwork. Lee was one of the favourite actors of Tim Burton , and became a regular in many of Burton's films, working for the director five times, starting in , where he had a small role as the Burgomaster in the film Sleepy Hollow.
In , Lee played Willy Wonka 's strict dentist father, Dr. Wilbur Wonka, in Burton's reimagining of the Roald Dahl tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , and voiced the character of Pastor Galswells in Corpse Bride , co-directed by Burton and Mike Johnson.
In , Lee collaborated with Burton on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , playing the spirit of Sweeney Todd's victims, called the Gentleman Ghost, alongside Anthony Head , with both singing "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," its reprises and the Epilogue.
These songs were recorded, but eventually cut since Burton felt that the songs were too theatrical for the film. Lee's appearance was completely cut from the film, but Head still had an uncredited one-line cameo.
In late November , Lee narrated the Science Fiction Festival in Trieste , Italy. In , Lee marked his fourth collaboration with Tim Burton by voicing the Jabberwock in Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carroll 's classic book Alice in Wonderland , alongside Johnny Depp , Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway.
While he only had two lines, Burton said that he felt Lee to be a good match for the iconic character, because of Lee himself being "an iconic guy.
In , he appeared in a Hammer film, The Resident , for the first time in thirty-five years, the last being 's To the Devil a Daughter. The film was directed by Antti Jokinen , and Lee gave a "superbly sinister" performance alongside Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Very disappointed, director Robin Hardy recast the role, but Lee was determined to appear in the film, so Hardy wrote a small scene specially for him.
Hardy stated that fans of The Wicker Man would recognise this character as Lord Summerisle,  but Lee contradicted this, stating that they are two unrelated characters.
On 11 January , Lee announced on his website that he would be reprising the role of Saruman for the prequel film The Hobbit.
Lee said he worked on his role for the films over the course of four days,  portraying Saruman as a kind and noble if somewhat cantankerous wizard, before his subsequent fall into darkness, as depicted in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
In , Lee marked his fifth and final collaboration with Tim Burton, by appearing in Burton's film adaptation of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows , in the small role of a New England fishing captain.
In an interview in August , Lee said that he was "saddened" to hear his friend Johnny Depp considering retirement from acting, noting that he himself had no intention of retiring.
There are frustrations — people who lie to you, people who don't know what they are doing, films that don't turn out the way you had wanted them to — so, yes, I do understand [why Depp would consider retiring].
I always ask myself, "Well, what else could I do? I have some interests outside of acting — I sing and I've written books, for instance — but acting is what keeps me going, it's what I do, it gives life purpose I'm realistic about the amount of work I can get at my age, but I take what I can, even voice-overs and narration.
Lee narrated the feature-length documentary Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics , which was released on 25 October Lee and others who had played Sherlock Holmes discussed the character and the various interpretations of him.
A month before his death, Lee had signed to star with an ensemble cast in the Danish film The 11th. Lee spoke fluent English, Italian, French, Spanish, and German, and was moderately proficient in Swedish, Russian, and Greek.
Lee provided the off-camera voice of "U. Owen," the mysterious host who brings disparate characters together in Agatha Christie 's Ten Little Indians The film was produced by Harry Alan Towers , for whom Lee had worked repeatedly in the s.
Even though he was not credited on the film, his voice is unmistakable. He also provided all the voices for the English dub of Monsieur Hulot's Holiday He contributed with his voice as Death in the animated versions of Terry Pratchett 's Soul Music and Wyrd Sisters , and reprised the role in the Sky1 live action adaptation The Colour of Magic , taking over the role from the late Ian Richardson.
He was the voice of Lucan D'Lere in the trailers for EverQuest II. Lee reprised his role as Saruman in the video game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth along with the other actors of the films.
Tolkien for the audiobook version of the novel. In , Lee provided the voice of Pastor Galswells in The Corpse Bride , co-directed by Tim Burton and Mike Johnson.
He served as the narrator on The Nightmare Before Christmas ' poem, written by Tim Burton as well. Lee reprised his role as Count Dooku in the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars , but Corey Burton took his place for the character in the TV series.
From until , Lee was the host and narrator of "Mystery Theater" which aired on radio worldwide. Lee introduced American classic radio mystery, sci-fi and detective programs in a series produced, written and directed by Carl Amari.
In , he collaborated again with Tim Burton, this time by voicing the Jabberwocky in Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carroll 's classic book Alice in Wonderland.
Some thirty years after playing Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun , Lee provided the voice of Scaramanga in the video game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent.
With his operatic bass voice, Lee sang on The Wicker Man soundtrack, performing Paul Giovanni 's composition, "The Tinker of Rye. In he appeared on Peter Knight and Bob Johnson 's from Steeleye Span concept album The King of Elfland's Daughter.
In the s, during the height of Italo disco , he provided vocals to Kathy Joe Daylor's song "Little Witch.
As well as a distinguished actor, known for his immense charisma, imposing stature and deep speaking voice, he was also a classically trained singer and an intellectual who was extremely well-read.
He was one of the few actors who portrayed three different Sherlock Holmes characters: Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes and Sir Henry Baskerville.
A distant cousin and frequent golfing partner of Bond creator Ian Fleming , Lee was the author's personal pick for the role of Dr. No in the first film.
The role, of course, went to actor Joseph Wiseman , who was brilliant. However, fans of the literary Bond might want to check out Lee's portrayal of Chinese master criminal Fu Manchu, for an idea of how Ian Fleming himself envisioned Dr.
He was the uncle of Harriet Walter. Vincent Price and Christopher Lee were born on the same day 27th May and Peter Cushing was born on the 26th.
He was one of the judges for the Miss World beauty pageant. The blooddripping fangs worn by Lee in many of his vampire films were created by Irish dental technician Sean Mulhall.
He is listed as the Center of the Hollywood Universe by the Oracle of Kevin Bacon website at the University of Virginia, because he can be linked to any one in Hollywood on average in 2.
That is less than either Charlton Heston or Kevin Bacon himself. In a radio interview in South Africa, Lee claimed that he held the record for number of film roles by an actor He was awarded the CBE Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
He appears on the cover of Paul McCartney 's album "Band on the Run". He served in the British Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve from to During that time, he was an active member of the Special Forces.
He appeared in a scene from The Curse of Frankenstein on screen during the drive-in sequence in Stanley Kubrick 's Lolita The white coffin used in one of his Dracula films was later used in Bananarama 's music video "Venus".
One of Lee's maternal great-grandfathers was Italian. Through him, Lee is of noble Italian ancestry from the Carandini family.
From an acting dynasty, his great-grandparents founded the first Australian opera company. He made his stage debut in school as the demonic lead in "Rumpelstiltskin", a sign of things to come.
A stunt double performed the stunts and lightsaber fights in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Lee's face was imposed on the double's body.
Lee mentioned that in the last 40 years, he has done more swordfights than any other actor, but "not anymore".
He spoke very good French, good enough to understand questions and give long replies in a press conference.
His stepfather his mother's second husband was the maternal uncle of writer Ian Fleming of James Bond fame. Lee and Fleming are therefore stepcousins.
He was voted No. He sustained an injury to his right hand while filming a sword-fight with a slightly drunk Errol Flynn for The Warriors The permanently crooked little finger he was left with can be seen in many of his films.
Both he and his fellow Star Wars Sith Lord, David Prowse , have played Frankenstein's Monster opposite Peter Cushing : Lee in The Curse of Frankenstein , and Prowse in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell He was originally offered the role of Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope , which he turned down.
The role eventually went to his good friend Peter Cushing. Since his feature film debut in Corridor of Mirrors , he has had at least one film role every year except for , , , and At 6 feet 5 inches, he is entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as "The Tallest Leading Actor".
He struggled to get work early in his career as a supporting actor because almost all the male stars were shorter than he. He was upset about the deletion of his death scene in the theatrical version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King However, the scene was put back into the Extended Edition which is seen as the definitive version.
One of the most prolific actors of all time, he has acted in nearly films, although he later admitted that his film work was not always chosen on quality but often on whether they could support his family.
His peak years of productivity were and , as Lee starred in nine films in both years. As Darth Tyranus, he plays the first Sith apprentice to act in both body and voice.
He was awarded Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon on December 11, One of his favorite bands is the Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody, and he has also appeared on one of their album listen to the speech in the intro on the song "Unholy Warcry" on the album "The Dark Secret".
Lee also appears on the Rhapsody single "The Magic of the Wizard's Dream", where he does a duet with Rhapsody vocalist Fabio Leoni in English, German, Italian and French versions of the song.
On July 21, , he was given the honorary citizenship of the Italian city of Casina Province of Reggio Emilia where Sarzano, the castle of his ancestors is situated.
He gave his speech of thanks in Italian. Two of his roles have been as leaders of a separatist movement.
The first was Jinnah , about Muhammad Ali Jinnah , founder of Pakistan. The second was in the Star Wars series as Count Dooku, the former mentor of Qui-Gon Jinn.
In a bonding of two generations of Frankenstein's monsters, Lee and his wife were good friends with Boris Karloff and his wife. This friendship was not as a result of them working together they made two films together: Corridors of Blood and The Crimson Cult but by the coincidence that they lived next door to each other in England.
He had one child, Christina Erika Lee b. November 23, with his wife Birgit Kroencke Lee Gitte Lee. During World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force and in British Intelligence.
He studied at Summerfield Preparatory School and attended Wellington College. His daughter, Christina Erika Lee , was born with her legs severely deformed.
They were bent at such a severe angle that they were almost backwards. She spent her first two years in splints. She eventually learned how to walk after the age of three and no longer needed splints.
According to his official website: He speaks French, German, Italian and Spanish and can "get along" in Greek, Russian and Swedish.
When he arrived in the recording studio to do the voice-over for King Haggard in the original animated version of The Last Unicorn , he came armed with his own copy of the book with certain excerpts marked pertaining to parts of the book that he felt should not have been omitted.
Like his Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson , he has appeared in films with three generations of Astins.
He wanted to attend the Heavy Metal Festival Earthshaker Fest in to support his favorite bands, the Italian band Rhapsody and the American band Manowar , but had to cancel at the last moment because of an important filming appointment.
He recorded a message to the fans in advance, which was shown right before Rhapsody appeared on-stage.
According to his friend Norman Lloyd , he has a somewhat eccentric hobby: he is fascinated by public executioners and knows the names of every official executioner England has had since the middle of the 15th century.
In his role as the title character, The Mummy , in which he co-starred with Peter Cushing , Lee got severely injured in the course of the filming.
All that smashing through real glass windows and doors had dislocated his shoulder and pulled his neck muscles, especially when he had to carry an actress with arms fully extended across a swamp, walking as much as 87 yards, which damaged his shoulders considerably.
In Horror of Dracula , Lee in the title role had to drop a woman into a grave, but when he carried her, she was unexpectedly heavy and in trying to drop her into the grave, Lee also fell in with her.
He appeared in three different films in which he had either known or met the author of the original work: Gormenghast Mervyn Peake , The Lord of the Rings J.
Tolkien and The Man with the Golden Gun Ian Fleming , his cousin. He shot all his scenes for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith in one day.
He was the tallest of the many actors who have played Count Dracula. He was one of the few people to volunteer to fight on the Finnish side in the Russo-Finnish winter war in , though he and his fellow British volunteers were in Finland only for about two weeks and were kept well away from direct combat.
Often worked with his off-screen inseparable friend Peter Cushing frequently playing mortal enemies on-screen. After Cushing died, Lee said in an interview that he never felt closer and more open to any of his other friends than he felt to Peter.
His films have made more money than any other actor's in history. Even without considering Lee's other appearances dating back to , his totals considerably surpass the figures of 3 billion and 3.
Jackson , respectively. As a veritable J. Tolkien expert and the only member of the cast who had met Tolkien himself, he often visited the Production department on the sets of the various Lord of the Rings movies to give advice and tips on the various attributes of the films.
He released the music album "Christopher Lee: Revelation" in the United Kingdom in October It includes songs like "The Toreador March", "O Sole Mio", "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'" and "My Way".
He worked with three different Gollums. The first Gollum, Theodore Gottlieb , provided a voice in The Last Unicorn The second, Peter Woodthorpe , appeared with him in The Odyssey The last, Andy Serkis , appeared with him in the Lord of the Rings films.
He played a staggering amount of Victorian characters. He played Count Dracula ten times, Dr. Fu Manchu five times, Sherlock Holmes three times, Mycroft Holmes Sherlock's brother once and Sir Henry Baskerville a friend of Holmes once.
Chris Lee and his wife, Michele, have one child. Chris Lee's father established the Patrick P. Lee Foundation, where Chris Lee served as director.
Lee announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the United States House of Representatives in New York's 26th congressional district in April Thomas M.
Reynolds , who was retiring;    ultimately, Lee was supported by all seven of the district's Republican county chairmen, who met in May to announce that he would obtain the party's official endorsement.
In , Lee supported the proposed "Student Internet Safety Act," which was aimed at protecting children from internet predators.
Lee explained that earmarks can be helpful in promoting job growth and said it is better to have earmarks than to have spending decisions made by unelected bureaucrats.
He obtained earmarks for a small arms practice range for an Air Reserve station, high-speed rail, and local defense contractors. This group sought to reduce individual tax rates, allow small businesses to reduce their tax liabilities, and provide assistance for the unemployed.
He was criticized for liberal use of the franking privilege to send constituents glossy newsletters, some of which were described as promotional whereas others only gave constituents information on new legislation and proposals.
The plan involved lowering the corporate tax rate, student loan forgiveness for students who enter fields related to manufacturing, and trade reform to open up new markets.
In December , he met with representatives of online travel agencies to pressure them into complying with a law that requires websites to show when regional airlines are operating any part of a flight.
No excuses. In the wake of the January shooting of U. Representative Giffords and others in Tucson, Arizona , Lee said "I think what we need to look at is ensuring there are sufficient background checks to make sure that those who are unstable don't have access to weapons of that nature.
On February 9, , Lee was found to have been soliciting at least one woman on Craigslist. Claiming to be a year-old divorced lobbyist but using his real name, he used a Google Gmail account to send a woman a shirtless photo taken with his BlackBerry phone.
Lee resigned from office the same day. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness.
Democratic Erie County clerk Kathy Hochul filled his seat after winning the special election on May 24 set by Governor Andrew Cuomo. After his resignation, Christopher Lee dedicated more of his time to philanthropic work.
He is currently on the board of the Patrick P. Lee Foundation  and serves as the Treasurer of the Osprey Cove Master Association.
Lee Foundation was established in in response to increased community needs, and in , the Board adopted a new strategic plan concentrating investments in education and mental health.
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Vampires have been featured in folklore and fiction of various cultures for hundreds of years, predominantly in Europe, although belief in them has waned in modern times.
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There are not a lot of them around today. It makes me sad that such a genuinely talented person is considering giving it all up.Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee CBE, CStJ (– 7 June ) was an English actor. He was a direct descendent of Marie Carandini and Robert E. Lee. Lee was best known for his many movie characters. For example, Dracula and Fu Manchu in many movies during the s through the s. Christopher Lee's Christmas Single,. Featuring the songs "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night". Release available at iTunes, Amazon, etc. https://itune. Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Vincent Price and Christopher Lee were born on the same day (27th May) and Peter Cushing was born on the 26th. He was one of the judges for the Miss World beauty pageant. The blooddripping fangs worn by Lee in many of his vampire films were created by Irish dental technician Sean Mulhall. Christopher Lee, in full Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, (born May 27, , Belgravia, London, England—died June 7, , London), English actor known for his film portrayals of villains ranging from Dracula to J.R.R. Tolkien ’s wizard Saruman. Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ, war ein britischer Schauspieler und Sänger, der für seine Darstellungen von Bösewichten Kultstatus erlangte. Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ, (* Mai in London; † 7. Juni ebenda) war ein britischer Schauspieler und Sänger, der für seine. Charaktermime Christopher Lee verstarb am 7. Juni mit 93 Jahren. Hinterlassen hat er unzählige ikonische Hollywood-Schurken - und. In insgesamt 12 Filmen arbeitete er mit Terence Fisher zusammen, in sechs mit Terence Young. Doch Christopher Lee war nicht nur Schauspieler, sondern auch.