One of those work horse actors a lot like donald sutherland who never received an oscar nomination. But lee has done more b films than sutherland.
He's a treasure.
He should be given an honorary Oscar for his dedication and body of work. He was perhaps the scariest Dracula ever, Saruman in "Lord of the Rings", plus "The Wicker Man" and "The Man With the Golden Gun," and he holds the Guinness Book of World Records for most films under his belt.
Most films under his belt, really?
Sam mother fucking Jackson
He hosted Saturday Night Live in the early years. He says it's one of the high points of his career.
"Course I'm respectable. I'm old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough."
Chris Lee's proof you can add hammy actors to the list.
I haven't read his more recent biography, Lord of Misrule, but his first one, Tall, Dark and Gruesome, was pretty interesting, sort of like a minor Evelyn Waugh novel.
Saying he's hammy makes him sound like he's pretentious and unaware of himself. I don't think he's that way. He has a good sense of humor and can underplay when he's called on to, which of course hasn't been very often.
R4, to my knowledge it is Christopher Lee, not Sam Jackson, who is in the Guinness Book of Records for most films.
I always thought John Carradine held the record for most film roles.
Yup - according to the article, Lee has 275 roles. IMDB lists 340 for Carradine.
Most people have never heard of John Carradine, and he never became a household name (not to mention a Sir), so I think Lee certainly has the upper hand here.
Lee is famous to multiple generations - those who grew up with the horror films of the 1950's & 1960's, and those today who know him from the new Star Wars films and from The Lord of the Rings.
He STEALS the film HUGO, with just a few scenes & very little dialogue. Love to Sir Christopher!
Does anyone know if he will be in The Hobbit?
Yes, he will be, R13. He has been filming for several months now.
Christopher Lee also is still living, which Carradine is not.
True, R15, but what is the relevance of that ?
IMDb's list for Carradine includes a LOT of television roles. Wiki says Lee has the most FILM acting roles.
Currently ranked #30 on IMDB!
Normally Sir Christopher tends to be stuck down in the 'Top 500', but I noticed he has shot up to #30 this week!
Is this because people are doing lots of searches with his name for "The Hobbit"?
I had no idea Christopher Lee was that old. And he's still working, at 90! Good for him.
You can see him hosting SNL from the late-70s on Hulu, and he looked old even then.
Although they did a wickedly funny skit that was a parody of all his Hammer Horror work, where he was a vampire hunter trying to stake...Richard Nixon.
Sorry, Bela, Christopher Lee IS the definitive Dracula.
I have just watched an hour interview with him in this new series "British Acting Legends of Stage and Screen" (others in the series include Glenda Jackson, Claire Bloom, Michael York, Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Michael Gambon, Diana Rigg), where he is very articulate. He has certainly done it all from the Hammer horrors to Billy Wilder and Stars Wars and Lord of the Rings ...
It's all that blood he's sucked up over the years. Blood in, Blood out
Sorry r24. Bela Lugosi IS Dracula! Lee had bigger canines
Christopher Lee does the trick for me as Dracula.
I vote for Sir Christopher Lee!