Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, (born: 27 May 1922, London [1 ] - died: June 7 2015, London) was an English actor. 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 266 films since 1948.
Christopher Lee was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2009.
He past away on June 7 2015 at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital at the age of 93 due to heart falliure and respiratory problems. His wife Brigit made the news public on June 11 2015.