Christopher Lee, a British actor of aristocratic bearing and dark features who sustained one of the longest and most prolific screen-villain careers of all time, playing depraved bloodsuckers such as Dracula, a deformed James Bond nemesis and powerful creeps in the â€œStar Warsâ€ and as Saruman in theâ€œLord of the Ringsâ€ trilogy, died June 7 at a hospital in London. He was 93.
The Associated Press cited a London official saying a death certificate was issued the day after Mr. Lee died. A statement e-mailed to the Reuters news agency from Mr. Leeâ€™s agent said his family â€œwishes to make no comment.â€
The cause was respiratory and heart ailments, British news media accounts report.
In a career spanning more than 250 movies and TV shows over nearly seven decades â€” most in unsavory roles â€” Mr. Lee said he tried to â€œmake the unbelievable believable,â€ to humanize the most macabre characters.
At 6-foot-4, with a dignified air, he presented refined, even suave portraits of evil.