Christopher Lee

Biography

Date of Birth 27 May 1922, Belgravia, London, England, UK Birth Name Christopher Frank Carandini Lee Height 6' 5" (1.96 m) In 1946, Lee gained a seven-year contract with Rank Organisation after discussing his interest in acting with his mother's second cousin Nicolò Carandini, the Italian Ambassador. Carandini related to Lee that performance was in his blood as his great grandmother Marie Carandini had been a successful opera singer in Australia, a fact of which Lee was unaware. He made his film debut in Terence Young's Gothic romance, Corridor of Mirrors, in 1948. Throughout the next decade, Lee made nearly thirty films, playing mostly stock action characters. His first film for Hammer, made in 1956 with his close friend Peter Cushing, was The Curse of Frankenstein, in which he played "The Creature". That led to his first appearance as the infamous Transylvanian count in the 1958 film Dracula (known as Horror of Dracula in the U.S.) Lee would become indelibly associated with the role and with the horror genre, making another six films as Dracula, five of them for Hammer, as well as many other horror films. Christopher Lee as the Sith Lord Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.Another of Lee's films was from the well known James Bond series, in which he played the title role in The Man with the Golden Gun. Christopher Lee portraying the founder of Pakistan, in the movie Jinnah (1998)Lee also appeared in the infamously bad series of Fu Manchu films, starring as the eponymous villain in heavy "oriental" make-up. In 2000, Lee starred in the role of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan in the film Jinnah. Christopher Lee had recently played the role of DiZ in the Square Enix/Disney video game Kingdom Hearts II. Much publicity and excitement was given over this role, as DiZ is a major character in the game. Christopher Lee portrays the wizard Saruman from Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogyHe auditioned for a role in The Longest Day but was turned down as he did not look like a military man (despite having served in the RAF during World War II). Lee acted in the 1970 movie Eugenie, unaware that it was softcore pornography because the sex scenes were shot separately and edited in with his own appearances afterwards. Lee has played roles in over 220 films since 1948. He has had many notable television roles, including that of Flay in the BBC television miniseries Gormenghast that was based on Mervyn Peake's novels and Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski in the 2005 CBS film, John Paul the Second. Lee was a natural choice for the Lord of the Rings movies, where he plays the role of Saruman (although he is known to have vied for the role of Gandalf, which was given to Sir Ian McKellen). Lee had met Tolkien once, and makes a habit of reading the novels at least once a year. In addition, he performed for the album The Lord of the Rings: Songs and Poems by J. R. R. Tolkien in 2003; this was unrelated to the film trilogy. Lee's talents (and possibly his history as a villain) made him a fitting Sith Lord, when he appeared in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith as Count Dooku, a name allegedly chosen to reflect his fame playing Count Dracula. His autobiography states that he did much of the swordplay himself, though a double was required for the more vigorous footwork. In the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Lee played the role of Dr. Wilbur Wonka, the strict father of the star character Willy Wonka.

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Birth Name

Christopher Frank Carandini Lee

Birth Place

Belgravia, Londres, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Birth Date

5/27/1922

Death Date

6/7/2015
Known For
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The Man with the Golden Gun

Scaramanga

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Saruman (extended edition)

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Count Dooku (voice)

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Horror of Dracula

Count Dracula

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The Resident

August

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Dracula: Prince of Darkness

Count Dracula

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Dracula Has Risen from the Grave

Dracula

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Horror Express

Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton

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The Satanic Rites of Dracula

Count Dracula

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Taste the Blood of Dracula

Dracula

Starring In
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Dark Arts: Inside 'To the Devil a Daughter'

Father Michael Raynor (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Dark Glamour: Aufstieg und Fall der Hammer Studios

Himself (archive footage)

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Drácula Barcelona

Himself (archive footage)

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Handsome Harker

Count Dracula (archive footage)

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Stake Holders: An Appreciation of Jess Franco's 'Count Dracula'

Count Dracula (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Saruman

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Night Train to Lisbon

Father Bartolomeu

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Extraordinary Tales

Narrator (segment "The Fall of the House of Usher") (voice) (as Sir Christopher Lee)

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Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics

Narrator (voice)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Saruman

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Frankenweenie

Movie Dracula (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Dark Shadows

Clarney

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Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007

Himself

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Mansome

Fu Manchu (archive footage)

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Hugo

Monsieur Labisse

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Hugo

Monsieur Labisse

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The Resident

August

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Season of the Witch

Cardinal D'Ambroise

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Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape

Himself (archive footage)

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Burke and Hare

Old Joseph

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Halloween: The Inside Story

(archive footage)

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Alice in Wonderland

Jabberwocky (voice)

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Christopher Lee - Gentleman des Grauens

Himself

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The Heavy

Mr. Mason

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The Wicker Tree

Old Man

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Triage

Joaquín Morales

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Glorious 39

Walter Page

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Boogie Woogie

Mr. Alfred Rhinegold

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The Colour Of Magic

Death (voice)

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Count Dooku (voice)

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The Golden Compass

First High Councilor

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Beloved Count

Count Dracula (archive footage)

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Paul McCartney - The McCartney Years

Himself (archive footage)

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Bloody Jess

Self

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100 Years Under the Sea: Shipwrecks of the Caribbean

Narrator

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Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

Narrator

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The Animators: The Breath of Life

Self

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Tim Burton: Dark vs. Light

Self

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Voices from the Underworld

Self

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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Pastor Galswells (voice)

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Ban the Sadist Videos!

Self (archive footage)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Dr. Wonka

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Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Count Dooku

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Pope John Paul II

Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski

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Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse

Heinrich von Garten

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Saruman (extended edition)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Collectors Boxset)

Saruman (extended edition)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Saruman

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Bond Girls Are Forever

Francisco Scaramanga (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Perversion Stories

Self

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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus

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From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in 'Episode II'

Self

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The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster

The Monster (archive footage) (uncredited)

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To the Devil... The Death of Hammer

Self

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Best Ever Bond

Himself

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Saruman

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R2-D2: Beneath the Dome

Himself (uncredited)

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James Dean

'Eden' Assistant Director

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Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend

Self (uncredited)

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Wingspan

Character on the Band on the run cover

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National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring

Himself / Saruman the White

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The Trouble of the Rings: The Fellowship

Saruman

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Gormenghast

Flay

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In the Beginning

Rameses I

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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service

Count Ottokar Graf Czernin (archive footage)

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Sleepy Hollow

Burgomaster

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Talos The Mummy

Sir Richard Turkel

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Jinnah

Mohammed Ali Jinnah

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Since You've Been Gone

Rochefort

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For Better or for Worse

Lazos

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Odyssey, The

Tiresias

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Terry Pratchett's Discworld - Soul Music

Death (voice)

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Ivanhoe

Lucas de Beaumanoir (4 episodes, 1997)

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The Stupids

Evil Sender

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100 Years of Horror

Himself / Narrator

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The Bible: Moses

Ramses

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Edgar Allan Poe - 11 Poe Tales Hosted By Christopher Lee

The Host / ... (6 episodes)

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Funny Man

Callum Chance

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Police Academy: Mission to Moscow

Commandant Rakov

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A Feast at Midnight

Raptor

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Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror

Narrator / Himself

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Death Train

General Konstantin Benin

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Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls

Sherlock Holmes

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Double Vision

Mr. Bernard

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Kabuto

King Philip

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Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady

Sherlock Holmes

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Curse III: Blood Sacrifice

Dr. Pearson

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Die Zeit läuft ab

Karlis Zander

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Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Doctor Catheter

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Treasure Island

Blind Pew

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The Rainbow Thief

Uncle Rudolf

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L'avaro

Cardinale Spinosi

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Fall of the Eagles

Walter Strauss

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Murder Story

Willard Hope

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The return of the three musketeers

Rochefort

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Mask of Murder

Chief Supt. Jonathan Rich

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Dark Mission: Evil Flowers

Luis Morel

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Mio in the Land of Faraway

Kato

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Howling II - Your Sister Is a Werewolf

Stefan Crosscoe

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Un Métier de Seigneur

Fog

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Jocks

President White

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Fright Night

Dracula (archive footage)

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The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

Host

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De fjerne pavilloner

Kaka-ji-Rao

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The Return of Captain Invincible

Mr. Midnight

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House of the Long Shadows

Corrigan

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The Last Unicorn

King Haggard (voice: English version) (voice: German version)

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An Eye for an Eye

Morgan Canfield

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The Salamander

Prince Baldasar, the Director of Counterintelligence

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Goliath Awaits

John McKenzie

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Safari 3000

Count Borgia

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Serial

Luckman Skull

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Once Upon a Spy

Marcus Valorium

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Fade to Black

(uncredited) (archive footage)

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Bear Island

Lechinski

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Arabian Adventure

Caliph Alquazar

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Nutcracker Fantasy

Uncle Drosselmeyer / Street Singer / The Puppeteer / The Watchmaker (voice)

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1941

Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt

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Jaguar Lives!

Adam Caine

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The Passage

Gypsy

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Captain America II: Death Too Soon

Miguel

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Return from Witch Mountain

Dr. Victor Gannon

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Caravans

Sardar Khan

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Circle of Iron

Zetan

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Starship Invasions

Capt. Rameses

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Airport '77

Martin Wallace

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End of the World

Father Pergado / Zindar

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Meatcleaver Massacre

On-Screen Narrator

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Dracula and Son

Dracula père / Le prince des Ténèbres / Prince of Darkness

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To the Devil a Daughter

Father Michael

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Killer Force

Major Chilton

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The Night of the Askari

Bill

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The Keeper

The Keeper

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Auf den Spuren Draculas

Himself / Vlad Tepes / Count Dracula

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Der See der verstümmelten Leichen

Dr. Stephen Hayward

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The Man with the Golden Gun

Francisco Scaramanga

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The Four Musketeers

Rochefort

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The Man with the Golden Gun

Scaramanga

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Dark Places

Dr. Ian Mandeville

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The Wicker Man

Lord Summerisle

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The Satanic Rites of Dracula

Count Dracula

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The Three Musketeers

Rochefort

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The Creeping Flesh

James Hildern

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I, Monster

Dr. Charles Marlowe / Edward Blake

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Poor Devil

Lucifer

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Das Dunkel der Nacht

Col. Charles Bingham

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Horror Express

Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton

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Raw Meat

Stratton-Villiers, MI5

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Dracula A.D. 1972

Count Dracula

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Hannie Caulder

Bailey

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Cuadecuc, vampir

Self / Count Dracula (as Cristopher Lee)

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The House That Dripped Blood

John Reid (segment "Sweets to the Sweet")

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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

Mycroft Holmes

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Scars of Dracula

Dracula

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Taste the Blood of Dracula

Dracula

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Count Dracula

Count Dracula

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Scream and Scream Again!

Fremont

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The Bloody Judge

Lord George Jeffreys

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Julius Caesar

Artemidorus

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One More Time

Dracula (uncredited)

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The Magic Christian

Ship's Vampire

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The Castle of Fu Manchu

Fu Manchu

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Eugenie - The Story of Her Journey Into Perversion

Dolmance

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The Oblong Box

Dr. J. Neuhartt

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The Crimson Cult

J. D. Morley

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Dracula Has Risen from the Grave

Dracula

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The Blood of Fu Manchu

Fu Manchu

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The Devil Rides Out

Duc de Richleau

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Eve

Colonel Stuart

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Five Golden Dragons

Dragon #4

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The Vengeance Of Fu Manchu

Dr. Fu Manchu

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Torture Chamber

Count Frederic Regula / Graf von Andomai

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Night Of The Big Heat

Godfrey Hanson

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Theatre of Death

Philippe Darvas

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The Brides Of Fu Manchu

Fu Manchu

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Dracula: Prince of Darkness

Count Dracula

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Rasputin: The Mad Monk

Grigori Rasputin

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Circus of Fear

Gregor

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The Face of Fu Manchu

Fu Manchu

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Dr. Terror's House of Horrors

Franklyn Marsh (segment 4 "Disembodied Hand")

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She

Billali

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The Skull

Sir Matthew Phillips

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Ten Little Indians

Mr. U. N. Owen (voice) (uncredited)

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The Gorgon

Prof. Karl Meister

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Devil Ship Pirates

Captain Robeles

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Terror in the Crypt

Count Ludwig Karnstein

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Castle of the Living Dead

Count Drago

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Whip and The Body

Kurt Menliff

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Horror Castle

Erich (as Cristopher Lee)

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Katarsis

Mephistoles

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Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace

Sherlock Holmes

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The Pirates of Blood River

Capt. LaRoche

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Lolita

Frankenstein's Creature (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Devil's Agent

Baron Ferdi von Staub

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Das Rätsel der roten Orchidee

Captain Allerman

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Scream of Fear

Doctor Pierre Gerrard

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Das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen

Ling Chu

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The Terror of the Tongs

Chung King

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Greyfriars Bobby

The Lord Provost

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Hercules in the Haunted World

Lico

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The City of the Dead

Alan Driscoll

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The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll

Paul Allen

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Too Hot to Handle

Novak

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The Hands of Orlac

Nero the magician

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Wild for Kicks

Kenny King

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The Mummy

Kharis, the Mummy

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sir Henry Baskerville

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Uncle Was a Vampire

Baron Roderico da Frankurten

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The Man Who Could Cheat Death

Dr. Pierre Gerrard

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Missiles from Hell: The Story of the V-1

Brunner

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Horror of Dracula

Count Dracula

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Corridors of Blood

Resurrection Joe

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A Tale of Two Cities

Marquis St. Evremonde

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Bitter Victory

Sgt. Barney

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The Curse of Frankenstein

The Creature

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Ill Met by Moonlight

German officer at dentists

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The Accursed

Doctor Neumann

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She Played with Fire

Charles Highbury

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The Battle of the River Plate

Manolo

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Private’s Progress

Major Schultz (uncredited)

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Beyond Mombasa

Gil Rossi

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Contraband - Spain

Narrator (uncredited)

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The Dark Avenger

French Patrol Captain at Tavern (uncredited)

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Storm Over the Nile

Karaga Pasha

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Alias John Preston

John Preston

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Cockleshell Heroes

Submarine Commander Grieves

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M. Hulot's Holiday

Voices in English language version (uncredited)

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Moulin Rouge

Georges Seurat (uncredited)

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Babes in Bagdad

Slave dealer

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Paul Temple und der Fall Marquis

Sir Felix Raybourne

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The Crimson Pirate

Joseph (attache)

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Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.

Spanish Captain

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They Were Not Divided

Chris Lewis

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The Gay Lady

Hon. Bongo Icklesham

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Hamlet

Spear carrier (uncredited)

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Corridor of Mirrors

Charles

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Scott of the Antartic

Bernard Day

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Went the Day Well?

(uncredited)

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The Truth About Women

Francois Thiers

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