Yesterday, I heard the sad news that Sir Christopher Lee passed away. So it seemed apropos to reflect on his life. After all, from being a British commando during WWII to being an actor to singing in a heavy metal band (yes, I’m serious), he had an incredible life.
My first exposure to his acting was probably in Shelley Duval’s Faerie Tale Theatre, a show I evidently watched obsessively when I was three or four. According to IMDB, he was in one of the many episodes, and while I can’t remember it off the top of my head, I’m sure that I saw it at least once.
But, of course, the first time I really noticed him was in The Lord of the Rings films, around the time that my fascination with Tolkien and his world began. While he undoubtedly played the best Saruman imaginable, he couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. Not only was he a huge fan Tolkien’s works himself, but he had actually met Tolkien. (Read more about that here.)
He was in a myriad of other movies since then, from Star Wars to Alice in Wonderland, but there are some lesser known projects that he was involved in as well that deserve a mention.
First, can you imagine a more incredible voice to read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”? It’s everything that you would hope for.
And one of my favorite discoveries (which I pull out every Christmas)…