It’s a sad day for the world today. Sir Christopher Lee’s passing was announced this morning. He was 93.
Sir Christopher was one of the last great Hollywood legends. For six decades he has thrilled audiences in such iconic roles as Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster, Sherlock Holmes, Rochefort, Scaramanga, Ramses, Death, the Jabberwocky, Count Dooku, and the white wizard, Saruman. According to IMDB’s trivia section, his death leaves Patrick Macnee as the only actor from Sir Lawrence Olivier’s 1948 Hamlet still alive. I think the first time I heard that distinctive voice was as King Haggard, the ruler obsessed with possessing all unicorns in The Last Unicorn.
There was a lot more to the man than simply a theatrical genius. He was a soldier and a scholar, a linguist who spoke half a dozen languages fluently. He was an operatically trained singer, his great-grandparents helped to found the first opera company in Australia. Through his mother’s line he is distantly related by marriage to the Borgias. And, he has recorded a number of heavy metal songs and one or two symphonic metal albums. He even appears on the cover of Sir Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run album.
In the words of Gandalf the White at the Grey Havens: “Well, here at last…on the shores of the sea comes the end of our Fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.” R.I.P. Sir Christopher, may you come to seas of silver glass and find your dear friends waiting to share stories once more on the other side.
After the cut is a quick list of trivia facts some may or may not know about the legend and the hero that was Sir Christopher Lee and several of my favorite quotes as spoken by him.