Legendary Actor, Christopher Lee Dies At 93

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Christopher Lee as Saruman in the Lord of the RingsActor, Christopher Lee, popular for his roles as Count Dracula and the Frankenstein monster as well as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy has died at the age of 93, his wife has revealed.

According to the Guardian, the actor died Sunday morning at Westminister Hospital in London, after being admitted for respiratory problems and heart failure. However, his wife did not make the news known until days later after she had informed all family members.

The late Christopher Lee was one of the most prolific feature-film actors in history, with over 275 credits on IMDb, which includes roles in films such as, The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), The Mummy (1959), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) and Lord of the Rings films.

Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was born on May 27, 1922 (American horror legend Vincent Price was born on the same date 11 years earlier), and attended exclusive prep schools. He went to Eton College and Wellington College and studied Greek and Latin.

During World War II, Lee served in the Royal Air Force and Special Forces and spent one year in a hellacious winter campaign in Finland. He was said to be a spy but never wanted to talk about it, honoring an oath of secrecy.

Lee was decorated for distinguished service, and after his discharge, he took the advice of his uncle, and tried his hand in the film business, landing a contract with the Rank Organisation.