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‘Lord Of The Rings’ Actor Christoper Lee Dies At 93

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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 “Star Wars” and as Saruman in the“Lord of the Rings” 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. Lee’s agent said his family “wishes to make no comment.”

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 — most in unsavory roles — Mr. Lee said he tried to “make the unbelievable believable,” to humanize the most macabre characters.

At 6-foot-4, with a dignified air, he presented refined, even suave portraits of evil.

 

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