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Christopher Lee [19]


Born:May 27, 1922
Died:June 7, 2015 (93)
Filmography Rating:7.68 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.63 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.28 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:77.13%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Man with the Golden Gun [1974](52) => Scaramanga
Return From Witch Mountain [1978](56) => Victor
The Last Unicorn [1982](60) => King Haggard
Gremlins 2: The New Batch [1990](68) => Doctor Catheter
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [2001](79) => Saruman the White
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [2002](80) => Saruman the White
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition [2002](80) => Saruman the White
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [2002](80) => Darth Tyranus / Count Dooku
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Extended Edition [2003](81) => Saruman the White
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Extended Edition [2004](82) => Saruman the White
Corpse Bride [2005](83) => Pastor Galswells (voice)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith [2005](83) => Count Dooku
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [2005](83) => Dr. Wonka
Alice in Wonderland [2010](88) => Jabberwocky (voice)
Hugo [2011](89) => Monsieur Labisse
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [2012](90) => Saruman
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition [2013](91) => Saruman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [2014](92) => Saruman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Extended Edition [2015](93) => Saruman

Trivia that mentions this person:
Halloween [1978]
  • Carpenter approached Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee to play the Sam Loomis role (that was eventually played by Donald Pleasence) but both turned him down. Lee later said it was the biggest mistake he had ever made in his career.
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [2004]
  • After the death of Richard Harris, many actors were considered for the vacant role of Albus Dumbledore. Christopher Lee was in the frame for a while, and there was a rumor (reported in many newspapers) that Ian McKellen was also considered. The Harris family wanted Peter O'Toole for the role but O'Toole declined. Richard Attenborough also lobbied for the role but was ultimately turned down.
    Hellboy II: The Golden Army [2008]
  • Christopher Lee was, reportedly, offered the role of King Balor, but had to turn down the role.
    The Last Unicorn [1982]
  • Christopher Lee showed up for the recording sessions armed with his own copy of the book, with several places marked to indicate things that he felt must not be omitted.
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [2001]
  • Christopher Lee reads The Lord of the Rings once a year and is the only member of the cast and crew ever to have met J.R.R. Tolkien.
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [2003]
  • While filming Saruman's death scene (now on the extended DVD), Peter Jackson tried to tell Christopher Lee how to react and breathe after he was stabbed in the back. Lee, a WWII veteran with British special forces, assured the director that he knew what a man sounded like when stabbed in the back.
    The Nightmare Before Christmas [1993]
  • For the 2008 Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD release, Christopher Lee narrated an animated version of the original poem written by Tim Burton.
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [2005]
  • The role of Doctor Wonka (Christopher Lee) was written specifically for the film to give the character of Willy Wonka a bit of a family history.
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [2012]
  • Frodo (Elijah Wood), Saruman (Christopher Lee), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) are all returning characters from the [Lord of the Rings] films though none of them actually appear in the book The Hobbit. This is the same for Radagast (Sylvester McCoy), who is only mentioned in The Hobbit but does not actually appear until The Lord of the Rings. Conversely however, Radagast was omitted from [The Lord of the Rings] films.
  • Peter Jackson claims that when he called Christopher Lee to invite him to the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lee responded, intimidatingly, "Am I still in the movie?" Lee had originally been slated to appear in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final installment of [The Lord of the Rings## trilogy, but his scenes were cut from the theatrical release which caused the actor and director to have a brief falling out.
    The Man with the Golden Gun [1974]
  • Travelling to Los Angeles for the Johnny Carson show to promote the film, Christopher Lee had his golden gun confiscated by US customs.
  • The title role was originally offered to Jack Palance, before it eventually went to Christopher Lee, the cousin of Ian Fleming who was known as the Man with the Golden Pen. (Fleming had previously offered Lee the title role in Dr. No, the first [James Bond] movie.)
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [2014]
  • Both Ian Holm and Christopher Lee filmed their scenes at London's Pinewood Studios because health concerns left them uncomfortable with flying to New Zealand.
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Extended Edition [2015]
  • Both Ian Holm and Christopher Lee filmed their scenes at London's Pinewood Studios because health concerns left them uncomfortable with flying to New Zealand.
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition [2013]
  • Frodo (Elijah Wood), Saruman (Christopher Lee), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) are all returning characters from the [Lord of the Rings] films though none of them actually appear in the book The Hobbit. This is the same for Radagast (Sylvester McCoy), who is only mentioned in The Hobbit but does not actually appear until The Lord of the Rings. Conversely however, Radagast was omitted from [The Lord of the Rings] films.
  • Peter Jackson claims that when he called Christopher Lee to invite him to the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lee responded, intimidatingly, "Am I still in the movie?" Lee had originally been slated to appear in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final installment of [The Lord of the Rings## trilogy, but his scenes were cut from the theatrical release which caused the actor and director to have a brief falling out.
    Alice in Wonderland [2010]
  • Jim Carter speaks only one line in the entire film. Christopher Lee speaks only two lines, while Michael Gough and Imelda Staunton speak only three.
  • For the character of the Jabberwocky, Christopher Lee had originally tried to make his voice 'burble' (as described in the poem "Jabberwocky"). However, Tim Burton convinced him to use his actual voice, as he found it more intimidating.
  • Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Barbara Windsor, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Imelda Staunton, and Jim Carter all recorded their dialogue in one day.
    Alice Through the Looking Glass [2016]
  • Although Jabberwocky appears briefly, he doesn't say a word, possibly by the 2015 death of Christopher Lee, who voiced the creature in Alice in Wonderland. Dodo makes no appearance, possibly with the respect of his Voice Actor Michael Gough passing away 1 year after the release of Alice in Wonderland.
    Hugo [2011]
  • Martin Scorsese and Sir Christopher Lee were very good friends, but up until 2010, had never worked together. Lee's response when he was asked by Scorsese to appear in Hugo was: "It's about time!"
  • With Sir Christopher Lee having been born in 1922, makes him the only supporting actor to have lived in the age this movie is set: 1931.