The English legend Christopher Lee died at 8.30am on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, according to the English newspaper “The Telegraph”. The actor was suffering from respiratory problems that got worse in the last three weeks. Lee has died at the age of 93 of heart attack, and – according to the Telegraph – his wife, with whom he was married for 50 years, decided only now to make the news public.
His long career began in the 40s, and he gained fame acting in the role of “villains”. The first global success came after having played the role of Dracula in a series of films by Hammer Film Production, a role that then played other 11 times. With such a beginning, he could not but continue to interpret characters belonging to the dark side: he played Count Dooku in “Star Wars”, the evil wizard Saruman the White in “The Lord of the Rings” and in “The Hobbit”. In his career he starred in about 280 films, and had recently become a collaborator with Tim Burton, who casted him in “Alice in Wonderland”, the “Chocolate Factory” and “Dark Shadows”.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo