Friday, June 12, 2015


We like to say that this or that person was a Renaissance man or woman, but Sir Christopher Lee really was such a man. He was fluent in five languages, and passable in three more. He was the only member of the cast of the Lord of the Rings movies who had actually met J.R.R. Tolkien. He was the only actor to have played a Star Wars villain, a James Bond baddie, and a monster in a feature-length motion picture. He starred in at least one movie every year from 1948 to this year (except for well-earned breaks in 1995 and 2006). He was also a classically trained musician who recorded several heavy metal albums. And that’s certainly not all:


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