Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini LeeSir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ (born 27 May 1922[2]) is an English actor and singer. He 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 the Star Wars series, as well as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Lee considers his most important role to have been his portrayal of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998). Lee has performed roles in over 260 films since 1948.
Lee was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009.
In 1946, Lee gained a seven-year contract with the Rank Organisation after Christopher Leediscussing his interest in acting with his mother’s second cousin Nicolò Carandini, the Italian Ambassador. Carandini related to Lee that performance was in his blood as his great-grandmother Marie Carandini had been a successful opera singer in Australia, a fact of which Lee was unaware. He made his film debut in Terence Young’s Gothic romance, Corridor of Mirrors, in 1948.
The Carandinis, Lee’s maternal ancestors, were given the right to bear the coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire by the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Cinemareview cites: “Cardinal Consalvi was Papal Secretary of State at the time of Napoleon and is buried at the Pantheon in Rome next to the painter Raphael. His painting, by Lawrence, hangs in Windsor Castle”. Lee’s great-grandparents formed Australia’s first opera company, performing before miners in towns in the outback.
Lee is a step-cousin of Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond spy novels. He has been married to the Danish model Birgit Kroencke (also known as Gitte Lee) since 1961. They have a daughter named Christina Erika (b. 23 November 1963). He is Christopher Leealso the uncle of the British actress Harriet Walter.
Lee is a known cigar aficionado with a love for the Cuban cigar brand Montecristo. He once said “What are these? I do not smoke cigars such as these, I only smoke Montecristo!” as an answer to an offer to smoke a different kind of cigar. His Montecristo of choice is the No 1, a Lonsdale.
Lee has a longstanding personal interest in the occult, maintaining a library of over 12,000 books which is largely devoted to the topic. This is discussed in his autobiography, Tall, Dark and Gruesome.
Lee is a vocal supporter of the British Conservative Party.
At 6 feet 5 he is one of the tallest leading actors.
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