British actor Sir Christopher Lee dies at 93

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By Catherine Hardy  with BBC, REUTERS
British actor Sir Christopher Lee dies at 93

The world of acting is mourning the death of veteran British performer Sir Christopher Lee.

The 93-year-old passed away in a London hospital, where he was being treatment for respiratory problems.

Sir Christopher made his name as the ultimate villain, playing the vampire Count Dracula in the Hammer House of Horror film franchise in the 1960’s.

Determined to move away from the horror genre, Lee took the role of Scaramanga in the 1974 James Bond film, “The Man with the Golden Gun”.

He further broadened his fan base with an appearance as Count Dooku in “Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones” and the follow-up “Revenge of the Sith”.

The actor’s career spanned seven decades. And, at an age when most are thinking of a quiet retirement, Sir Christopher enjoyed a career renaissance, playing Saruman in Peter Jackson’s blockbusting trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings”.