British Actor Christopher Lee, famous as Dracula, Saruman, dies at 93

Christopher Lee, British actor who portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in the famous Hammer Horror films, has died at the age of 93.

According to reports, Mr. Lee died on Sunday after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.

The veteran actor was best known for roles including Dracula and Saruman, in the Lord of the Rings franchise.

His film career started in 1947 with a role in gothic romance, Corridor of Mirrors, but it was not until the late 50s, when Mr. Lee worked with Hammer, that he started gaining fame.

His first role with the studio was The Curse of Frankenstein and it was the first of 20 films that he made with Peter Cushing.

Mr. Lee still has one film yet to be released, the fantasy film Angels in Notting Hill.

He was also set to star in 9/11 drama, The 11th opposite Uma Thurman.

(NAN)

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