Thursday, 11 June 2015

Dracula actor, Christopher Lee, dies at 93


The British actor Christopher Lee, perhaps best known for his roles as Dracula and the renegade wizard Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy has died aged 93.

The actor, who spent much of his more than 50-year career playing antagonists, died in hospital on Sunday after undergoing treatment for respiratory problems, UK media reports said.

An official for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London on Thursday confirmed a death certificate was issued for Lee on June 8, the Associated Press news agency reported. She spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with the policies of the borough.

Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, including playing the James Bond nemesis, Scaramanga, better known as ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.

Though normally cast as a villain, Lee said the most important part he played was portraying the leader of the Pakistan-independence struggle, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in a film that was never released to Western audiences.

“Somewhere, somehow, someone, decided they didn’t want this shown in the theatres in the rest of the world because of what Jinnah said … he said you are all free to worship as you please in Pakistan … a true democracy, some people in Pakistan didn’t favour that,” Lee said at an event at the University College Dublin in 2011.
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