Christopher Lee, whom many recognize as Dracula from a slew of films spanning decades, and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings franchise, has passed away at the age of 93.
The actor died Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure, reports The Guardian. Lee’s wife of over 50 years wanted to inform family members of his passing first, explaining why the news of his death comes days later.
Lee was widely recognized for his role as Dracula in the slew of Hammer Horror films, as well as for portraying wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy.
The actor had a wide and varied career, even becoming a Tim Burton regular, appearing (physically or vocally) in films such as Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows and more.
Also according to The Guardian, “Lee still has one film yet to be released, the fantasy film Angels in Notting Hill, where he plays a godly figure who looks after the universe. He was also set to star in 9/11 drama The 11th opposite Uma Thurman but it’s believed that the film hadn’t yet started production.”
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