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Actor Sir Christopher Lee Dies

LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Veteran actor Sir Christopher Lee, who appeared in villainous roles in numerous films, died on Sunday after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure. He was 93.

Lee appeared in a wide range of films, from low budget horror romps such as the Hammer Films-produced Dracula: Prince of Darkness to better known roles, such as the deadly assassin Francisco Scaramanga in James Bond adventure "The Man with the Golden Gun."

More recently, Lee appeared in the second Star Wars trilogy as the nefarious Count Dooku and in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as Saruman the White.

Lee was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity, and was the recipient of a Bafta fellowship in 2011.

Lee also had a music career, and in 2010, he released the metal concept album "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross" which featured Lee on vocals.

“He was the last of his kind – a true legend – who I’m fortunate to have called a friend. He will continue to inspire me and I’m sure countless others for generations to come,” director Tim Burton said of Lee after his passing. – Staff Writers