Legendary Actor Christopher Lee Dead at Age 93: Watch His Best Roles Now

The iconic English actor, best known for creating the role of Dracula, has passed away.

Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at the age of 93. The veteran English actor died on Sunday after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure, reports the Guardian. His family chose to withhold his passing from the public until family and friends heard the news first.

Appearing in hundreds of films for well over half a century, Lee’s career began in 1947 and never stopped. Although he was known as the master of horror, creating the role Dracula by played him over ten times, Lee was also a captivating leading man and actor whose roles showcased his tremendous rage of talent. As the BFI noted back in March:

“For over 65 years now, his work has embraced almost all the phases of popular filmmaking – breezy British farce and ‘stiff upper lip’ derring-do in the 1950s, the dazzling efflorescence of Hammer horror at the end of that decade, so-called ‘krimis’ in West Germany, lurid gothics in Italy, a James Bond picture, a Walt Disney picture, all-star 1970s blockbusters, straight-to-video fodder in the 1980s, glossy TV movies and miniseries in the 1990s and, in the 21st century, a remarkable Indian summer in the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings franchises. These latter, according to a Daily Telegraph critic, turned him into “the Grand Vizier of Blockbusterdom”.

Lee’s baleful charisma stamped him early on as one of the cinema’s world-class villains, playing characters dubbed by a French admirer (in a phrase he treasures) “héros maléfiques”. He brought a demonic intensity to all his key roles, investing them with a dominating physical presence, a richly textured voice and – a frequently forgotten detail, this – an amazing mastery of movement and mime.

To honor his life and career, take a look at some of the Christopher Lee films available to watch right now.

THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN

Available to watch on iTunes and Amazon

HORROR OF DRACULA

Available to watch on iTunes and Amazon

CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD

Available to watch on Fandor

DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE

Available to watch on YouTube

THE WICKER MAN

Available to watch on iTunes and Amazon

THE MAN WIT THE GOLDEN GUN

Available to watch on iTunes and Amazon

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

Available to watch on iTunes and Amazon

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