Celebrity Birthday of the Day – May 27

The life of Christopher Lee is so impressive that it’s impossible to contain all of it within a single paragraph. For the sake of brevity, I’ve decided just list his accomplishments and some significant life events, rather than try to detail the life story of this amazing actor. Born in 1922, Lee volunteered to fight for the Finnish forces during the Winter War against the Soviet Union in 1939. He also served in the Royal Air Force as an intelligence officer, and a Special Operations Executive. Following the conclusion of the war, Lee moved into acting professionally, and in 1947 he made an uncredited appearance in Laurence Olivier’s film adaptation of Hamlet. His first credited role came in the 1948 film Corridor of Mirrors. Since then, Lee has amassed well over 250 acting credits, with some of his more notable films including numerous Hammer horror movies such as Taste the Blood of Dracula, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy, and Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, and non-Hammer movies such asĀ  the Fu Manchu movies, The Wicker Man, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Last Unicorn, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Sleepy Hollow, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Golden Compass, Alice in Wonderland, Burke and Hare, Hugo, and Dark Shadows. Additionally, he has acted in loads of television, including Faerie Tale Theatre, Gormenghast, The New Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Colour of Magic. He’s played an evil wizard, a James Bond villain, a Star Wars villain, the Grim Reaper, and the Jabberwocky. Oh yeah, and he has also recorded a heavy metal concept album! Christopher Lee is legend. He turns 90 today…but still has four movies coming out in the next year!

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