Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ, (27 May 1922 - 7 June 2015) was an English actor, singer and author. Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a string of popular Hammer Horror films. His other notable roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), the dark wizard, Saruman the White in the Middle-earth Saga (2001-2014), and Count Dooku in the second and third films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (2002 and 2005).
He was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009, received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011 and received the BFI Fellowship in 2013. Lee considered his best performance to be that of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998), and his best film to be the British horror film The Wicker Man (1973).
Always noted as an actor for his deep, strong voice, late in his life, he also became known for using his singing ability, recording various opera and musical pieces between 1986 and 1998 and the symphonic metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010 after having worked with several metal bands from 2005 onwards. The heavy metal follow-up titled Charlemagne: The Omens of Death was released on 27 May 2013. Lee was honoured with the "Spirit of Metal" award in the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden God awards ceremony.
Sir Christopher Lee was one of the highest grossing actors of all time, having gained $8,321,486,066 worldwide.