Most of today’s generation likely knows Christopher Lee as Saruman from the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films, or perhaps as Count Dooku from the Star Wars prequels. Others may identify with him more as the villainous Scaramanga from the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun or perhaps for the nine films he starred as Dracula.
All of us recognize Lee for at least one or two of his memorable roles in film, and several others I have not mentioned, and will feel something as we learn he passed away four days ago, Sunday, June 7, in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, after being treated for respiratory problems. The reason we’re only hearing about it now is because Lee’s wife delayed the announcement so as to notify the family first, before making the news public. [Telegraph]