Sir Christopher Lee, the legendary movie villain and horror icon has died Thursday morning at the age of 93 after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure.
Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, including memorable roles as the wicked Lord Summerisle in cult classic “The Wicker Man” (1973) and his underrated performance as Frankenstein’s monster in “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957). The veteran actor made his name in a long list of Hammer House of Horror films, from which he will forever be celebrated for his role of Count Dracula.
In an interview in 2013, Lee spoke about his love of acting. “Making films has never just been a job to me, it is my life,” he said. “I have some interests outside of acting – I sing and I’ve written books, for instance – but acting is what keeps me going, it’s what I do, it gives life purpose.”