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Christopher Lee


Born 27 May, 1922
Belgravia, London
England, UK

After fighting in the war, Lee starred in his firs movie in 1948, "Corridor of Mirrors". In the following years he played in many movies in almost every genre, but it wasn't until he started working with Hammer Productions that he became a star. The first Hammer movie he starred in was "Curse of Frankenstein" (1957), where he starred with Peter Cushing, another great horror actor. In the following couple of years he played in several famous horror movies together with Peter Cushing, including: "Dracula" (1958), "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1959) and "The Mummy" (1959). He did several appearances as Dracula in the following years. In addition to numerous more, he also did several appearances on the screen as "Dr. Fu Manchu" where he worked with Spanish director Jesus Franco on the last two movies of the series. He did several more movies directed by Franco, like Eugenie and The Bloody Judge, which he doesn't seem to be too proud of because of the sleazy nature of the films. During the 70's he got tired of being looked upon as a horror actor, so he started starring in more productions outside the horror genre. He didn't leave the genre completely though, as he starred in movies like: "House of the Long Shadows" (1983) co-starring horror legend Vincent Price, "Howling II" (1985), "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (1990), "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) and more. In the last years, he's got the privilege of starring in two gigantic productions, "The Lord of the Rings" and "Star Wars".





My oppinion
Having heard a lot of Christopher Lee's comments on various horror DVD extras, I h have to say I dislike the way he seems to look down on the horror genre, and his past as a horror actor. Perhaps the "big" roles he's had the last couple of years has gone to his head..? When it comes to his acting skills, there's no doubt though, he's one of the best! His portrayal of Dracula is classic, and I've loved him in the Franco productions I've seen as well. Like with Vincent Price, I feel that several movies that with lesser actors would have been close to un-watchable, have become an ok experience just because Lee stars in it. His performance in the LOTR triology (Saruman) was great as well, as most would agree I think. It would have been fun to see Lee in an earlier Peter Jackson production though, when he had his horror period, but I fear that chance is gone..






Filmography

Because of the great number of movies Lee has starred in, I will only list the genre movies he's starred in with a couple of exceptions.

Nr Year Title

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1 1948

Corridor of Mirrors (Drama)


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2 1956

Alias John Preston


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3 1957

Curse of Frankenstein, The


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4 1958

Dracula
aka Dracula 1958
aka Horror of Dracula


  IMDB
5 1959

Hound of the Baskervilles, The


  IMDB
6 1959

Man Who Could Cheat Death, The


  IMDB
7 1959

Mummy, The


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8 1959

Hard Times for Dracula
aka Tempi duri per i vampiri
aka Hard Times for Vampires
aka My Uncle the Vampire
aka Uncle was a Vampire


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9 1960

City of the Dead, The
aka Horror Hotel


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10 1960

Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, The
aka Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
aka House of Fright
aka Jekyll's Inferno
aka Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, The


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11 1961

Terror of the Tongs, The
aka Terror of the Hatchet Men


  IMDB
12 1961

Hands of Orlac, The
aka Hands of a Strangler
aka Hands of the Strangler
aka Mains d'Orlac, Les


  IMDB
13 1961

Taste of Fear
aka Scream of Fear


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14 1961

Hercules in the Haunted World
aka Ercole al centro della terra
aka Hercules at the Center of the Earth
aka Hercules in the Center of the Earth
aka Hercules vs. the Vampires
aka Vampires vs. Hercules, The
aka With Hercules to the Center of the Earth


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15 1962

Corridors of Blood


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16 1963

Katarsis
aka Sfida al diavolo


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17 1963

Body and the Whip, The
aka Frusta e il corpo, La
aka Night Is the Phantom
aka Son of Satan
aka Way and the Body, The
aka What
aka Whip and the Body, The


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18 1963

Virgin of Nuremberg, The
aka Vergine di Norimberga, La
aka Back to the Killer
aka Castle of Terror, The
aka Horror Castle
aka Terror Castle


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19 1963

Terror in the Crypt
aka Maldición de los Karnstein, La
aka Carmilla
aka Catharsis
aka Crypt and the Nightmare, The
aka Crypt of Horror
aka Crypt of the Vampire, The
aka Curse of the Karnsteins, The
aka Karnstein
aka Karnstein Curse, The
aka Vampire's Crypt, The


IMDB
20 1964

The Gorgon


  IMDB
21 1964

Castle of the Living Dead
aka Castello dei morti vivi, Il
aka Crypt of Horror


  IMDB
22 1965

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
aka Blood Suckers, The


Screenshots IMDB
23 1965

Skull, The


  IMDB
24 1965

Face of Fu Manchu, The
aka Mask of Fu Manchu, The


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25 1966

Dracula: Prince of Darkness
aka Bloody Scream of Dracula, The
aka Disciple of Dracula
aka Dracula 3
aka Revenge of Dracula


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26 1966

Theatre of Death
aka Blood Fiend
aka Female Fiend, The


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27 1966

Rasputin: The Mad Monk


  IMDB
28 1966

Circus of Fear
aka Circus of Terror
aka Psycho-Circus


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29 1966

Brides of Fu Manchu, The


  IMDB
30 1967

Vengeance of Fu Manchu, The


  IMDB
31 1967

Snake Pit, The
aka Schlangengrube und das Pendel, Die
aka Blood Demon, The
aka Castle of the Walking Dead
aka Pendulum
aka Snake Pit and the Pendulum, The
aka Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism, The
aka Torture Room, The


  IMDB
32 1967

Night of the Big Heat
aka Island of the Burning Damned
aka Island of the Burning Doomed


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33 1968

Devil Rides Out, The
aka Devil's Bride, The


  IMDB
34 1968

Blood of Fu Manchu, The
aka Against All Odds (1969) (USA: video title)
aka Fu Manchu and the Keys of Death (1968)
aka Fu Manchu and the Kiss of Death (1968)
aka Fu Manchu's Kiss of Death
aka Kiss and Kill (1969) (USA)
aka Kiss of Death


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35 1968

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave


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36 1968

Curse of the Crimson Altar
aka Crimson Altar, The
aka Crimson Cult, The
aka Curse of the Crimson Cult
aka Reincarnation, The
aka Spirit of the Dead
aka Witch House


  IMDB
37 1969

Castle of Fu Manchu, The
aka Folterkammer des Dr. Fu Man Chu, Die
aka Assignment Istanbul
aka Fu Manchu's Castle
aka Torture Chamber of Fu Manchu, The


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38 1969

Oblong Box, The
aka Dance, Mephisto
aka Edgar Allan Poe's The Oblong Box


  IMDB
39 1969

Scream and Scream Again
aka Screamer


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40 1970

The Bloody Judge
aka Trono di fuoco, Il
aka Hexentöter von Blackmoor, Der
aka Night of the Blood Monster
aka Throne of the Blood Monster
aka Trial of the Witches
aka Witch Killer of Broadmoor
aka Witches' Trial


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41 1970

Count Dracula
aka Conde Drácula, El
aka Bram Stoker's Count Dracula
aka Dracula 71
aka Nights of Dracula, The


  IMDB
42 1970

One More Time (Uncredited)


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43 1970

Taste the Blood of Dracula


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44 1970

Eugenie the Story of Her Journey Into perversion
aka Isla de la muerte, La
aka Eugenie
aka De Sade 70
aka Philosophy in the Boudoir


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45 1970

Scars of Dracula


  IMDB
46 1970

House That Dripped Blood, The


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47 1971

I, Monster


  IMDB
48 1971

Hannie Caulder (Western)


  IMDB
49 1972

Dracula A.D. 1972
aka Dracula Today


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50 1972

Nothing But the Night
aka Devil's Undead, The
aka Resurrection Syndicate, The


  IMDB
51 1972

Horror Express
aka Panic in the Trans-Siberian Train


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52 1972

Death Line
aka Raw Meat


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53 1973

Creeping Flesh, The


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54 1973

Three Musketeers, The (Adventure)


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55 1973

Wicker Man, The


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56 1973

Dark Places


  IMDB
57 1974

Satanic Rites of Dracula, The
aka Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride
aka Dracula Is Alive and Well and Living in London
aka Rites of Dracula


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58 1974

Man with the Golden Gun, The (James Bond)


  IMDB
59 1974

Four Musketeers, The (Adventure)


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60 1976

To the Devil a Daughter
aka Child of Satan
aka To the Devil... a Daughter


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61 1976

Dracula and Son
aka Dracula père et fils


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62 1976

Keeper, The


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63 1977

Meatcleaver Massacre
aka Evil Force
aka Hollywood Meatcleaver Massacre, The
aka Revenge of the Dead


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64 1977

Starship Invasions (Sci-Fi)
aka Alien Encounter
aka Project Genocide
aka War of the Aliens


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65 1977

End of the World (Sci-Fi)


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66 1979

1941 (Comedy/War)


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67 1981

Evil Stalks This House (TV)
aka Tales of the Haunted


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68 1983

House of the Long Shadows
aka House of Long Shadows


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69 1985

Howling II
aka Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf
aka Stirba the Werewolf Bitch


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70 1989

Around the World in 80 Days
(Mini-series Adventure)


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71 1989

Return of the Musketeers, The (Adventure)


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72 1990

Gremlins 2: The New Batch


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73 1991

Curse III: Blood Sacrifice
aka Panga
aka Witchcraft


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74 1994

Funny Man
aka Funnyman


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75 1996

Prinzessin Alisea (TV, Adventure)
aka Sorellina e il principe del sogno


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76 1998

Tale of the Mummy
aka Talos the Mummy
aka Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy


  IMDB
77 1999

Sleepy Hollow


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78 2000

Ghost Stories for Christmas (Voice, Mini-series)


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79 2001

LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring (Adventure)


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80 2002

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
(Sci-Fi)


  IMDB
81 1995

LOTR: The Two Towers (Adventure)


  IMDB
82 2003

LOTR: Return of the King (Adventure, Voice)


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83 2005

Star Wars: Episode III (Sci-Fi) (post-production)


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84 2004

May Day (announced)


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From "Curse of Frankenstein"
Lee As Dracula


Other Christopher Lee resources:

IMDB - (Biograpy, Filmography, ++)
Google Images - (Google image search on Peter Jackson)


Sources
IMDB