MAY 27, 1922 – JUNE 7, 2015
Whether in full monster drag or looking like his everyday self, Lee’s long, angular face and intense, focused gaze made him particularly effective as the villain…with a twist. He wasn’t unattractive or physically grotesque but, Lee did give off a distinctively unsettling vibe that was both seductive and menacing. This strange convergence of allure and alarm would serve him well throughout his career. Lee didn’t just play a boat load of baddies, he re-wrote the evildoers handbook.
Christopher Lee died last week at the age of 93. While many actors burn bright then quickly fade or become collateral damage after a string of box-office bombs, Lee never stopped working. He leaves us with an impressive body of work that spans almost 70 years and includes more than 200 film roles and countless television appearances.
Celebrate the life and career of Christopher Lee with our interactive photo feature. Included are career highlights, a few hiccups and his own personal favorites. Immediately following, you can hear from the man himself in a 1990 NPR radio interview.