Remembering Christopher Lee

LONDON (AP) – Christopher Lee, the prolific, aristocratic British actor who brought dramatic gravitas to the low-budget thrills of Hammer Studios’ horror films, has died at age 93.

An official for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London confirmed a death certificate was issued for Lee on June 8. She spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with the policies of the borough.

Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, but for many was forever known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of "Hammer Horror" movies – the gory, gothic thrillers churned out by the British studio in the 1950s and 1960s that became hugely popular.

His career flourished late in life, with roles in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and two of George Lucas’ "Star Wars" prequels.

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Lee did play leading men in the early days, like Sherlock Holmes.

But we remember him for his villains and monsters, including countless Draculas, Count Dookoo in the Clone Wars, the evil wizard Saruman in Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit, or the Bond villain Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun.

And at the age of 93, he was cast in a movie with Uma Thurman next year.

With more than 60 years in the movie business, how can you pick his best roles?

The folks at IGN came up with this top ten list.

And we couldn’t resist this episode of "This Is Your Life" on Christopher Lee.

It includes tributes from Charleston Heston, Patrick MacNee and his good friend, Vincent Price.

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