After news broke yesterday about Christopher Lee’s death, I knew today’s Fangs God It’s Friday needed to pay tribute his Dracula. In reading a lot of the articles circulating, I saw one story refer to him as the “second most famous Dracula of the 20th Century.” All due respect to Bela Lugosi, I’d be willing to argue that point. Lee played Dracula in at least ten films. His first appearance as Dracula came in 1958 in the film Dracula (although, in the U.S., the title was changed to Horror of Dracula).
One detail not many may realize is that he actually passed away on Sunday, not yesterday. The family withheld the information to notify friends and relatives before making the information public.
In searching online for a picture of Lee as Dracula to use in this blog post, I also came across a great video from 2011 of Lee when he spoke at the University College Dublin. The six-minute clip provides some interesting insights into his time as the world’s most notable bloodsucker.
For me, I find it amazing that my kids will probably always remember Lee not for playing Dracula but for his role as Count Dooku in the Star Wars films and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee
27 May 1922-7 June 2015