A truly awesome actor is celebrating his fantabulous 92nd birthday...his name is...
To celebrate, let's countdown three AWESOME moments from Chris! Of course there are MANY awesome roles, but here are a choice few!
The Wicker Man
No comment needed.
Arguably the most famous film Christopher Lee was ever in. He plays Lord Summerisle, who leads a cult on the remote island of the same name. The cult eventually burns the protagonist, Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward). The film ends with a poignant moment of bravery.
"Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing, cuccu;
and bloweth med,
And springth the wode nu;
The Lord of the Rings
Wow! It's looking at this that makes me realized how much Game of Thrones
rips off is "inspired."
Here we see Lee in his creepy performance as Tolkien's Saruman, a powerful wizard and the embassy of the prime antagonist, Sauron.
Sauron looks pretty freakin' awesome.
He basically stands in for Sauron until he's impaled while falling from the tower of Orthanc in the second film, The Two Towers.
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, and Chris as Saruman. While I love Gandalf, that staff that Saruman is holding is AWESOME.
...they had to include a scantily clad woman, didn't they? [sigh]
Back in the good ol' Hammer days, Christopher Lee was the choice antagonist against (usual) hero Peter Cushing. But never was there a more deft battle of the famous two than in this.
This has been called the most satisfying adaptation EVER by fans of Bram Stoker AND critics. And the performance Chris delivers is ASTOUNDING.