Christopher Lee: A Biography
The well-known English actor Christopher Lee was born on May 27, 1922 in Belgravia - one of the districts of London to the south-west of Buckingham Palace, in an aristocratic family. Father Geoffrey Trollope Lee, Lieutenant Colonel of the 60th Corps Royal Fusiliers, was one of the most respected British amateur athletes. Mother - the Marquis de Estelle Marie Carandini Sarzana - recognized Edwardian beauty, was the model for paintings and sculptures of many great painters and sculptors of the era. Grandparents Lee established at the time the first school of opera in Australia.
In 1926, the parents of Christopher Lee divorced, then mother took her son along with his older sister Xander in Switzerland. Christopher Lee was educated at Summer Fields, then studied at Eton and Wellington college, studying Greek and Latin. He spoke French, Spanish, German and Russian languages. Lee studied classical singing, and loved the opera.
After the end of Wellington College, Christopher worked as an employee in several London loading companies.
In 1939, Christopher Lee volunteered to fight as a volunteer in the Russo-Finnish War on the side of the Finns, where he stayed for two weeks and participation in hostilities did not accept. During World War II he served in the Royal Air Force, was promoted to lieutenant. After the war he served in British intelligence.
Christopher Lee: Movies
Film biography of Christopher Lee started in 1931, when 9-year-old boy moved with his mother in Switzerland and studied at the Academy of Miss Fisher in Wengen. It was there that he played his first role - the villain Rumpelstiltskin in a school production of the same name.
After demobilization in 1947, Christopher Lee began studying at drama school and signed a contract with the film company Rank Organization. After several years of work in supporting roles Christopher finally has found his true vocation - he played the role of the monster in "The Curse of Frankenstein", the first of 21 films shot in the studio "Hammer". A year later, Christopher Lee received his stellar role of Dracula in the eponymous film.
In 1958, Christopher Lee biography enriched by several more colorful pages. Lee starred in "Sherlok": Sir Henry Baskerville played and Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock himself and in the film "Sherlock Holmes and deadly necklace", "Sherlock Holmes and the movie star" and "Incident at Victoria Falls."
In the 1970s, the actor moved to Hollywood, but after staying there for a few years, returned to the UK. In 1972, Christopher Lee created his own company Charlemagne Productions, through which financed the shooting of his two horror films.
In the 2000s, about Christopher Lee spoke with renewed vigor: he starred in the acclaimed "Star Wars" (as Count Dooku), and also played the role of Saruman in the famous trilogy "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit."
In addition to these films, Christopher Lee became famous as a brilliant artist Francisco Scaramanga images, Rasputin, Count Rochefort and other bad roles.
Total 1948 actor played in over 250 films, 69 of which - horror.
Christopher Lee - a multi-faceted and talented people. He became famous not only as an actor but also as a musician. In 2006, he released his solo album titled Revelation, which sold platinum edition.
Christopher Lee: personal life
In 1961, Christopher Lee married Danish model Birgit Krenke working with fashion houses Chanel and Christian Dior. After several years of living in Switzerland, the family of Lee finally settled in the UK. Here they had a daughter, Christina. Together, the couple lived for 50 years.
Christopher Lee: Death
The star of "Lord of the Rings" and the consummate artist Christopher Lee as Dracula died June 7, 2015 at the 93 th year of life in a London hospital Chelsea and Westminster, where he was receiving treatment.
Close relatives of the actor told reporters that almost all of the last month of life of the famous artist spent in the hospital, where the treating respiratory problems and heart disease.