Christopher Lee - Rotten Tomatoes

Christopher Lee

Highest Rated:   100% The Wicker Man - Final Cut (2013)
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Birthplace:   Belgravia, London
After several years in secondary film roles, the skeletal, menacing Christopher Lee achieved horror-flick stardom as the Monster in 1958's The Curse of Frankenstein, the second of his 21 Hammer Studios films. Contrary to popular belief, Lee and Peter Cushing did not first appear together in The Curse of Frankenstein. In Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948), in which Cushing plays the minor role of Osric, Lee appears as the cadaverous candle-bearer in the "frighted with false fires" scene, one of his first film roles. In 1958, Lee made his inaugural appearance as "the Count" in The Horror of Dracula, with Cushing as Van Helsing. It would remain the favorite of Lee's Dracula films; the actor later noted that he was grateful to be allowed to convey "the sadness of the character. The terrible sentence, the doom of immortality...."Three years after Curse, Lee added another legendary figure to his gallery of characters: Sherlock Holmes, the protagonist of Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes. With the release eight years later of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Lee became the first actor ever to portray both Holmes and Holmes' brother, Mycroft, onscreen. Other Lee roles of note include the title characters in 1959's The Mummy and the Fu Manchu series of the '60s, and the villainous Scaramanga in the 1974 James Bond effort The Man With the Golden Gun. In one brilliant casting coup, the actor was co-starred with fellow movie bogeymen Cushing, Vincent Price, and John Carradine in the otherwise unmemorable House of Long Shadows (1982). Established as a legend in his own right, Lee continued working steadily throughout the '80s and '90s, appearing in films ranging from Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) to Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (1999).In 2001, after appearing in nearly 300 film and television productions and being listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the international star with the most screen credits to his name, the 79-year-old actor undertook the role of Saruman, chief of all wizards, in director Peter Jackson's eagerly anticipated screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Thought by many to be the millennial predecessor to George Lucas' Star Wars franchise, audiences thrilled to the wondrous battle between Saruman and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) atop the wizard's ominous tower, though Lee didn't play favorites between the franchises when Lucas shot back with the continuing saga of Anakin Skywalker's journey to the dark side in mid-2002. Wielding a lightsaber against one of the most powerful adversaries in the Star Wars canon, Lee proved that even at 80 he still had what it takes to be a compelling and demanding screen presence. He lent his vocal talents to Tim Burton's Corpse Bride in 2005, and appeared as the father of Willy Wonka in the same director's adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic. He appeared as Count Dooku in Revenge of the Sith, and voiced the part for the animated Clone Wars. He appeared in the quirky British film Burke & Hare in 2010, and the next year he could be seen Martin Scorsese's Hugo. In 2012 he teamed with Tim Burton yet again when he appeared in the big-screen adaptation of Dark Shadows.Now nearly into 90s, Lee returned to Middle Earth in 2012 with Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, appearing in the first (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and third (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) films. He also reprised the role in a number of video games based on the two series. Lee was still actively working when he died in 2015, at age 93.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
61% Extraordinary Tales
  • Narrator: The Fall of the House of Usher
2015
No Score Yet The Hobbit Trilogy
  • Saruman
2015
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Saruman
2014
44% Night Train To Lisbon
  • Father Bartolomeu
2013
100% The Wicker Man - Final Cut
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Girl From Nagasaki
  • Old Officer Pinkerton
2013
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Saruman
2012
100% Everything or Nothing
  • Actor
2012
37% Dark Shadows
  • Clarney
2012
37% The Resident
  • August
2012
29% The Wicker Tree
  • Old Gentleman
2012
No Score Yet Meatcleaver Massacre
  • Actor
2012
94% Hugo
  • Monsieur Labisse
2011
33% Burke and Hare
  • Old Joseph
2011
9% Season of the Witch
  • Cardinal D'Ambroise
2011
33% Boogie Woogie
  • Alfred Rhinegold
2010
52% Alice in Wonderland
  • Jabberwocky
2010
45% Glorious 39
  • Walter Page
2009
No Score Yet Triage
  • Joaquin Morales
2009
No Score Yet The Heavy
  • Boots' Father
2008
18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Count Dooku
2008
100% American Masters
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Colour of Magic
  • Death
2008
No Score Yet Satanic Blood-Thirsty Horror
  • Actor
2008
43% The Golden Compass
  • First High Councilor
2007
No Score Yet Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn
  • Actor
2007
80% Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Whales of Atlantis: In Search of Moby Dick
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Amazon Trek: In Search of Vanishing Secrets
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Caravans
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet 100 Years Under the Sea: Shipwrecks of the Caribbean
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Apocalypse
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Edgar Allan Poe
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Pope John Paul II
  • Cardinal Wyszynski
2005
83% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
  • Pastor Galswells
2005
83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Dr. Wonka
2005
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • Count Dooku
2005
No Score Yet Greyfriars Bobby
  • The Lord Provost
2005
No Score Yet Pope John Paul II
  • Cardinal Wyszynski
2005
No Score Yet Les rivières pourpres II : Les anges de l'apocalypse
  • Heinrich von Garten
2004
No Score Yet Making of Westworld
  • Actor
2003
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Saruman
2002
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus
2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Saruman the White
2001
No Score Yet Devil's Island: Journey into Jungle Alcatraz
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet In the Beginning
  • Rameses I
2000
No Score Yet Bear Island
  • Lechinski
2000
No Score Yet Gormenghast
  • Flay
2000
67% Sleepy Hollow
  • Burgomaster
1999
No Score Yet The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service
  • Actor
1999
17% Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy
  • Sir Richard Turkel
1999
No Score Yet Time Travelers
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Jinnah
  • Mohammed Ali Jinnah
1998
No Score Yet Wyrd Sisters
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet The Odyssey
  • Tiresias
1997
No Score Yet Ivanhoe
  • Lucas de Beaumanoir
1997
No Score Yet Soul Music
  • Actor
1997
21% The Stupids
  • Evil Sender
1996
No Score Yet 100 Years of Horror
  • Himself (Narrator)
1996
No Score Yet Strictly Supernatural - Tarot & Astrology
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet The Many Faces of Christopher Lee
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Discworld: Soul Music
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Century of Science Fiction
  • Host
1996
No Score Yet Moses
  • Ramses
1995
No Score Yet A Feast at Midnight
  • Longfellow
1995
No Score Yet Funny Man
  • Callum Chance
1995
No Score Yet Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror
  • Actor
1994
0% Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow
  • Rakov
1994
No Score Yet The Rainbow Thief
  • Uncle Rudolf
1994
No Score Yet Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler
  • Narrator
1993
No Score Yet Death Train
  • Gen. Benin
1993
41% Innocent Blood
  • Count Dracula
1992
No Score Yet Double Vision
  • Mr. Perfect
1992
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Fear in the Dark
  • Himself
1992
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes And The Leading Lady
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Shogun Mayeda
  • King Philip
1991
67% Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Dr. Catheter
1990
No Score Yet Honeymoon Academy
  • Lazos
1990
No Score Yet Curse 3: Blood Sacrifice
  • Doctor Pearson
1990
No Score Yet L'avaro
  • Cardinale Spinosi
1990
No Score Yet Treasure Island (Devil's Treasure)
  • Blind Pew
1990
60% The Return of the Musketeers
  • Rochefort
1989
No Score Yet Murder Story
  • Willard Hope
1989
No Score Yet Mio in the Land of Faraway
  • Kato
1987
No Score Yet Jocks
  • President White
1986
No Score Yet The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Shaka Zulu
  • Lord Bathurst
1986
No Score Yet Girl
  • Actor
1986
27% Howling II
  • Stefan Crosscoe
1985
No Score Yet The Return of Captain Invincible
  • Mr. Midnight
1984
No Score Yet The Far Pavilions
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet No-Tell Hotel
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Rosebud Beach Hotel
  • King
1984
No Score Yet House of the Long Shadows
  • Corrigan
1983
No Score Yet The Salamander
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre - The Boy Who Left Home to Find out About the Shivers
  • Actor
1983
63% The Last Unicorn
  • King Haggard
1982
No Score Yet Goliath Awaits
  • John McKenzie
1981
No Score Yet An Eye for an Eye
  • Morgan Canfield
1981
No Score Yet Safari 3000
  • Count Borgia
1981
No Score Yet The Salamander
  • Director Baldassare
1981
No Score Yet Serial
  • Luckman/Skull
1980
33% 1941
  • Von Kleinschmidt
1979
No Score Yet Captain America II: Death Too Soon
  • Miguel
1979
No Score Yet Arabian Adventure
  • Caliph Alquazar
1979
No Score Yet Jaguar Lives!
  • Adam Caine
1979
No Score Yet Nutcracker Fantasy
  • Watchmaker Uncle Drosselmeyer Street Singer Puppeteer
1979
No Score Yet The Passage
  • Head Gypsy
1979
No Score Yet Captain America
  • Miguel
1979
43% Circle of Iron
  • Zetan
1979
No Score Yet Count Dracula & His Vampire Bride
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet End of the World
  • Father Pergado/Zindar
1978
44% Return from Witch Mountain
  • Victor
1978
No Score Yet Caravans
  • Sardar Khan
1978
No Score Yet Starship Invasions
  • Capt. Rameses
1977
50% Airport '77
  • Martin Wallace
1977
No Score Yet Meat Cleaver Massacre
  • The Narrator
1977
No Score Yet Killer Force (The Diamond Mercenaries)
  • Chilton
1976
38% To The Devil A Daughter
  • Father Michael
1976
No Score Yet Dracula and Sons
  • Dracula
1976
No Score Yet The Keeper
  • The Keeper
1976
No Score Yet Albino
  • Bill
1976
No Score Yet In Search of Dracula
  • Actor
1975
79% The Four Musketeers
  • Rochefort
1975
No Score Yet Devil's Undead
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Diagnosis: Murder
  • Actor
1975
45% The Man with the Golden Gun
  • Scaramanga
1974
No Score Yet The Satanic Rites of Dracula
  • Actor
1974
57% Horror Express
  • Prof. Saxton
1974
82% The Three Musketeers
  • Rochefort
1973
90% The Wicker Man
  • Lord Summerisle
1973
No Score Yet Poor Devil
  • Lucifer
1973
80% Creeping Flesh
  • James Hildern
1973
No Score Yet Dracula: The Satanic Rites
  • Count Dracula
1973
No Score Yet Dark Places
  • Dr. Mandeville
1973
25% Dracula A.D. 1972
  • Count Dracula
1972
86% Death Line (Raw Meat)
  • Stratton-Villers
1972
No Score Yet The Castle of Fu Manchu
  • Fu Mancu
1972
No Score Yet Nothing But the Night (The Devil's Undead) (The Resurrection Syndicate)
  • Col. Bingham
1972
No Score Yet Umbracle
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet I, Monster
  • Marlowe/Mr. Blake
1971
78% The House That Dripped Blood
  • John Reid
1971
No Score Yet One More Time
  • Dracula
1971
No Score Yet Hannie Caulder
  • Bailey
1971
No Score Yet Scars of Dracula
  • Count Dracula
1970
67% Taste the Blood of Dracula
  • Dracula
1970
No Score Yet Curse of the Crimson Altar
  • Morley
1970
No Score Yet Count Dracula
  • Count Dracula
1970
No Score Yet Eugenie (De Sade 70)(Eugenie... the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion)(Philosophy in the Boudoir)
  • Dolmance
1970
56% The Magic Christian
  • Ship's Vampire
1970
64% Scream and Scream Again (Screamer)
  • Fremont
1970
No Score Yet Il Trono di fuoco (The Bloody Judge)
  • Lord George Jeffreys
1970
No Score Yet Julius Caesar
  • Artemidorus
1970
96% The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
  • Mycroft Holmes
1970
No Score Yet Cuadecuc, Vampir
  • Actor
1970
57% The Oblong Box (Dance, Mephisto)
  • Dr. Neuharit
1969
80% Dracula Has Risen From the Grave
  • Dracula
1969
No Score Yet Kiss and Kill
  • Fu Manchu
1968
94% The Devil Rides Out
  • Duke de Richleau
1968
No Score Yet Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel (Blood of the Virgins)(The Blood Demon)(Torture Chamber)
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Theatre of Death
  • Philippe Darvas
1967
No Score Yet The Vengeance of Fu Manchu
  • Dr. Fu Manchu
1967
No Score Yet Night of the Big Heat (Island of the Burning Damned)
  • Godfrey Hanson
1967
No Score Yet The Secret of the Red Orchid
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Castle of the Walking Dead
  • Count Regula
1967
No Score Yet The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Five Golden Dragons
  • Dragon #4
1967
No Score Yet The Brides of Fu Manchu
  • Fu Manchu
1966
43% Rasputin, the Mad Monk
  • Grigori Rasputin
1966
78% Dracula: Prince of Darkness
  • Count Dracula
1966
No Score Yet Circus of Fear
  • Gregor Lion Tamer
1966
No Score Yet The Virgin of Nuremberg (La vergine di Norimberga)
  • Erich
1965
No Score Yet The Face of Fu Manchu
  • Fu Manchu
1965
No Score Yet The Skull
  • Sir Matthew Phillips
1965
No Score Yet She
  • Billali
1965
No Score Yet Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
  • Franklyn Marsh
1965
67% The Gorgon
  • Prof. Karl Meister
1965
No Score Yet The Devil-Ship Pirates
  • Captain Robeles
1964
No Score Yet Castle of the Living Dead
  • Count Drago
1964
No Score Yet La cripta e l'incubo (Crypt of the Vampire)(Terror in the Crypt)
  • Actor
1964
71% La frusta e il corpo (The Whip and The Body)
  • Kurt Menliff
1963
No Score Yet Corridors of Blood
  • Resurrection Joe
1963
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace
  • Sherlock Holmes
1962
No Score Yet Pirates of Blood River
  • LaRoche
1962
92% The Longest Day
  • Actor
1962
No Score Yet Hercules in the Haunted World
  • King Lico
1961
67% Horror Hotel
  • Prof. Alan Driscoll
1961
No Score Yet The Terror of the Tongs
  • Chung King
1961
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle
  • Novak
1961
No Score Yet Scream of Fear
  • Dr. Gerrard
1961
No Score Yet Secret of the Red Orchid
  • Captain Allerman
1961
No Score Yet Beat Girl
  • Kenny
1960
No Score Yet The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
  • Paul Allen
1960
No Score Yet The Hands of Orlac (Hands of a Strangler)
  • Nero
1960
No Score Yet The City Of The Dead
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet The Man Who Could Cheat Death
  • Dr. Pierre Gerard
1959
100% The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Sir Henry
1959
100% The Mummy
  • Kharis, the Mummy
1959
No Score Yet Uncle Was a Vampire
  • Actor
1959
No Score Yet Icons Of Adventure
  • Actor
1959
No Score Yet A Tale of Two Cities
  • Marquis St. Evremonde
1958
No Score Yet Ill Met by Moonlight (Intelligence Service) (Night Ambush)
  • German officer at dentist's
1958
91% Horror of Dracula
  • Count Dracula
1958
No Score Yet The Truth About Women
  • Francois
1957
80% The Curse of Frankenstein
  • Creature
1957
No Score Yet Beyond Mombasa
  • Gil Rossi
1957
No Score Yet She Played with Fire
  • Charles Highbury
1957
80% Bitter Victory
  • Sgt. Barney
1957
80% The Battle of the River Plate (Pursuit of the Graf Spee)
  • Manola
1956
No Score Yet Private's Progress
  • Actor
1956
85% Moby Dick
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet Storm Over the Nile
  • Karaga Pasha
1956
No Score Yet Pendulum
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet Alias John Preston
  • John Preston
1955
No Score Yet Cockleshell Heroes
  • Submarine Commander
1955
No Score Yet The Dark Avenger (The Warriors)
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Innocents in Paris
  • Lt. Whitlock
1953
75% Moulin Rouge
  • Scurat
1952
100% The Crimson Pirate
  • Attache
1952
100% Captain Horatio Hornblower
  • Captain
1951
No Score Yet Prelude to Fame
  • Newsman
1950
No Score Yet Scott of the Antarctic
  • Bernard Day
1949
91% Hamlet
  • Spear Carrier (uncredited)
1948
No Score Yet Penny and the Pownall Case
  • Jonathan Blair
1948
No Score Yet Corridor of Mirrors
  • Charles
1948
No Score Yet One Night with You
  • Pirelli's Assistant
1948
No Score Yet Saraband for Dead Lovers
  • Bit
1948
No Score Yet Masters of Mayhem
  • Actor
1939

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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