Christopher Lee 1922-2015

One of the movies' great villains, Sir Christopher Lee, died today at the age or 93. A career that spanned 70 years, he was most known for some of his iconic villainous roles, like Count Dracula in a series of Hammer Horror films from 1957-1976, Lord Summerisle in the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man (my favorite), Comte de Rochefort in The Three Musketeers (1973/74), Francisco Scaramanga in the 007 film The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels (1999-2005) and of course, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003). Few actors have ever been associated with so many iconic bad guy roles, not to mention years of theater, television (he said hosting Saturday Night Live in 1978 was the hardest thing he ever did) and other film work. He was knighted by Prince Charles in 2009.