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Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ (May 27, 1922June 7, 2015) was the actor who played Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, and performed the same character's voice in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film.

Lee was best known for his work in horror films produced by Hammer Studios. These films often had him collaborating with his good friend Peter Cushing, who played Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. He has also appeared as Francisco Scaramanga, the primary villain in the Roger Moore James Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun. He also played the wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Despite a critically acclaimed career that spanned 70 years, he was never nominated for an Academy Award.

On June 13, 2009, Lee was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.[3]

Biography[edit | edit source]

In Episode II Attack of the Clones and Episode III Revenge of the Sith he portrayed Count Dooku. While Lee, an accomplished swordfighter himself, did much of the sword fights in the films, stunt actor Kyle Rowling was hired to perform the intensive footwork of Christopher Lee's character. Rowling's face was later replaced with Lee's during post-production.

Lee reprised his role as Count Dooku in the film Star Wars: The Clone Wars but did not return for the TV series.

Christopher Lee died on June 7, 2015,[2] after suffering a heart failure.

His niece, Dame Harriet Walter, appeared in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.

Work in Star Wars[edit | edit source]

Works[edit | edit source]

Sir Christopher Lee as Count Dooku.

Year Title Role Notes
1948 Corridor of Mirrors Charles
1948 One Night with You Pirelli's Assistant
1948 Hamlet Spear Carrier Uncredited
1948 Best Picture
1948 Penny and the Pownall Case Jonathan Blair
1948 A Song of Tomorrow Auguste
1948 My Brother's Keeper Second Constable Scenes Deleted
1948 Saraband for Dead Lovers Bit Part Uncredited
1948 Scott of the Antarctic Bernard Day
1949 Trottie True Bongo
1950 They Were Not Divided Chris Lewis
1950 Prelude to Fame Newsman
1951 Valley of Eagles Det. Holt
1951 Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. Spanish Captain
1952 The Crimson Pirate Joseph (attache)
1952 Top Secret Uncredited
1952 Paul Temple Returns Sir Felix Raybourne
1952 Babes in Bagdad Slave Dealer
1952 Moulin Rouge Georges Seurat Nominated for 1952 Best Picture
1953 Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot Uncredited
1953 Innocents in Paris Lieutenant Whitlock Uncredited
1954 Destination Milan Svenson
1955 Man in Demand
1955 Crossroads The Ghost
1955 Moby Dick Rehearsed A Stage Manager/Flask TV movie
1955 Final Column
1955 That Lady Captain
1955 Police Dog Johnny, a constable
1955 The Vise Different Roles Episodes
"Stronghold"
"Price of Vanity"
"The Final Column"
1955 The Dark Avenger French Patrol Captain at Tavern Uncredited
1955 Tales of Hans Anderson Different Roles Episodes
"Wee Willie Winkie"
"The Cripple Boy"
1955 The Cockleshell Heroes Submarine Commander
1955 Storm Over the Nile Karaga Pasha
1956 The Adventures of Aggie Inspector Hollis Episode
"Cut Glass"
1956 Alias John Preston John Preston
1956 Private's Progress Gen. von Linbeck's aide
1956 The Scarlet Pimpernel Louis (Uncredited) Episode
"The Elusive Chauvelin"
1956 Colonel March of Scotland Yard Jean-Pierre Episode
"At Night All Cats Are Grey"
1956 Port Afrique Franz Vermes
1956 Beyond Mombasa Gil Rossi
1953 - 1956 Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents Different Roles 13 Episodes
1956 Sailor of Fortune Different Roles Episodes
"The Desert Hostages"
"Stranger in Danger"
1956 The Battle of the River Plate Manolo
1957 Errol Flynn Theater Different Roles 4 Episodes
1957 I'll Met by Moonlight German Officer at Dentists
1957 Fortune Is a Woman Charles Highbury
1957 The Traitor Dr. Neumann
1957 The Curse of Frankenstein The Creature
1957 Manuela Voice Uncredited
1957 The Gay Cavalier Colonel Jeffries Episode
"The Lady's Dilemma"
1957 Bitter Victory Sgt. Barney
1957 The Truth About Women François
1956 - 1957 Assignment Foreign Legion Different Roles Episodes
"As We Forgive"
"The Anaya"
1958 O.S.S. Dessinger Episode
"Operation Firefly"
1958 Ivanhoe Sir Otto Episode
"The German Knight"
1958 A Tale of Two Cities Marquis St. Evremonde
1958 White Hunter Mark Caldwell Episode
"This Hungry Hell"
1958 Dracula Count Dracula
1958 The Battle of the V.1 Labor Camp Captain, Men's Section
1958 Corridors of Blood Resurrection Joe
1959 William Tell Prince Erik Episode
"Manhunt"
1959 The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Henry
1959 The Man Who Could Cheat Death Dr. Pierre Gerard
1959 The Treasure of San Teresa Jaeger
1959 The Mummy Kharis, the Mummy
1959 Tempi duri per i vampiri Baron Roderico da Frankurten
1960 Tales of the Vikings Norman Knight
1960 Too Hot to Handle Novak
1960 Beat Girl Kenny
1960 The City of the Dead Prof. Alan Driscoll
1960 The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll Paul Allen
1960 The Hands of Orlac Nero the magician
1961 The Terror of the Tongs Chung King
1961 Taste of Fear Doctor Pierre Gerrard
1961 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Wilhelm Reitlinger Episode
"The Sorcerer"
1961 Das geheimnis der gelben Narzissen Ling Chu
1961 Ercole al centro della terra King Lico (Licos)
1962 Stranglehold
1962 Das rätsel der roten Orchidee Captain Allerman
1962 The Pirates of Blood River Captain LaRoche
1962 The Devil's Agent Baron von Staub
1962 Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes Sherlock Holmes
1963 Katarsis Mephistoles
1963 La vergine di Norimberga Erich
1963 La frusta e il corpo Kurt Menliff
1964 Il castello dei morti vivi Count Drago
1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Karl Jorla Episode
"The Sign of Satan" (1964)
1964 La cripta e l'incubo Count Ludwig Karnstein
1964 The Devil-Ship Pirates Captain Robeles
1964 The Gorgon Prof. Karl Meister
1965 Dr. Terror's House of Horrors Franklyn Marsh
1965 She Billali
1965 The Skull Sir Matthew Phillips
1965 Ten Little Indians Voice of "Mr. Owen" Uncredited
1965 The Face of Fu Manchu Dr. Fu Manchu / Lee Tao
1966 Theatre of Death Philippe Darvas
1966 Dracula: Prince of Darkness Count Dracula
1966 Rasputin: The Mad Monk Grigori Rasputin
1966 Circus of Fear Gregor
1966 The Brides of Fu Manchu Fu Manchu
1967 The Vengeance of Fu Manchu Dr. Fu Manchu
1967 Night of the Big Heat Godfrey Hanson
1967 Five Golden Dragons Dragon #4
1967 Die schlangengrube und das Pendel Count Frederic Regula, Graf von Andomai
1968 Curse of the Crimson Altar Morley
1968 The Devil Rides Out Duc de Richleau
1968 The Face of Eve Colonel Stuart
1968 The Blood of Fu Manchu Fu Manchu
1968 Dracula Has Risen from the Grave Dracula
1967, 1969 The Avengers Professor Stone (1967)
Colonel Mannering (1969)
Episodes
"Never, Never Say Die" (1967)
"The Interrogators" (1969)
1969 Light Entertainment Killers TV movie
1969 The Castle of Fu Manchu Fu Manchu
1969 The Oblong Box Dr. J. Neuhart
1969 The Magic Christian Ship's vampire
1969 Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed Count Dracula
1970 Scream and Scream Again Fremont
1970 Umbracle The Man
1970 The Bloody Judge Lord George Jeffreys
1970 Count Dracula Count Dracula
1970 Taste the Blood of Dracula Dracula
1970 One More Time Dracula
1970 Julius Caesar Artemidorus
1970 Eugenie Dolmance
1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Mycroft Holmes
1970 Scars of Dracula Dracula
1971 The House That Dripped Blood John Reid Segment
"Sweets to the Sweet"
1971 I, Monster Dr. Charles Marlowe/Edward Blake
1971 Hannie Caulder Bailey
1972 Death Line Stratton-Villiers, MI5
1972 Nothing But the Night Col. Charles Bingham
1972 Dracula AD 1972 Count Dracula
1973 Dark Places Dr. Mandeville
1973 The Creeping Flesh James Hildern
1973 Poor Devil Lucifer TV movie
1973 Great Mysteries Arnaud Episode
"The Leather Funnel" (1973)
1973 The Satanic Rites of Dracula Count Dracula
1973 Horror Express Sir Alexander Saxton
1973 The Three Musketeers Rochefort
1973 The Wicker Man Lord Summerisle
1974 The Four Musketeers Rochefort
1974 The Man with the Golden Gun Francisco Scaramanga
1975 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Stephen Hayward
1975 Le boucher, la star et l'orpheline Van Krig/Himself
1976 The Keeper The Keeper
1976 Killer Force Major Chilton
1976 Space: 1999 Captain Zandor Episode
"Earthbound" (1976)
1976 To the Devil, A Daughter Father Michael Rayner
1976 Dracula père et fils Le prince des Ténèbres / Prince of Darkness
1976 Albino Bill
1977 Airport '77 Martin Wallace
1977 Meatcleaver Massacre On-screen narrator
1977 End of the World Father Pergado/Zindar
1977 Starship Invasions Captain Rameses
1978 How the West Was Won The Grand Duke TV miniseries
1978 Return from Witch Mountain Victor
1978 Caravans Sardar Khan
1978 The Pirate Samir Al Fay TV movie
1978 Circle of Iron Zetan
1979 The Passage Gypsy
1979 Arabian Adventure Alquazar
1979 Nutcracker Fantasy Uncle Drosselmeyer / Street Singer / Watchmaker Voice
1979 Jaguar Lives! Adam Caine
1979 Captain America II: Death Too Soon Miguel TV movie
1979 Bear Island Lechinski
1979 1941 Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt
1980 Serial Luckman Skull
1980 Once Upon a Spy Marcus Valorium TV movie
1980 Charlie's Angels Dale Woodman Episode
"Angel in Hiding" (1980)
1981 The Salamander Prince Baldasar, the Director of Counterintelligence
1981 Evil Stalks This House Host TV movie
1981 Desperate Moves Dr. Carl Boxer
1981 An Eye for an Eye Morgan Canfield
1981 Time Bandits Oswald
1981 Goliath Awaits John McKenzie TV movie
1982 Safari 3000 Count Borgia
1982 Massarati and the Brain Victor Leopold TV movie
1982 Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story Prince Philip TV movie
1982 The Last Unicorn King Haggard Voice; also in german language version
1983 New Magic Mr. Kellar
1983 The Return of Captain Invincible Mr. Midnight
1983 House of the Long Shadows Corrigan
1984 The Far Pavilions Kaka-ji Rao TV miniseries
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre King Vladimir V Episode
"The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers" (1984)
1984 The Rosebud Beach Hotel Mr. Clifford King
1985 Mask of Murder Chief Supt. Jonathan Rich
1985 Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch Stefan Crosscoe
1986 Un métier du seigneur Fog TV movie
1986 The Girl Peter Storm
1986 The Disputation King James of Aragon TV movie
1986 The Mind of David Berglas Episode
"Episode #1.1" (1986)
1986 Shaka Zulu Lord Bathurst TV miniseries
1987 Shaka Zulu Lord Bathurst
1987 Jocks President White
1987 Spaceballs Captain Layton
1987 Mio min Mio Kato
1988 Dark Mission (Operación cocaína) Luis Morel
1989 Murder Story Willard Hope
1989 La chute des aigles Walter Strauss
1989 Around the World in 80 Days Stuart TV miniseries
1989 The Return of the Musketeers Rochefort
1989 La révolution française Sanson Segment
"Les Années Terribles"
1990 The Rainbow Thief Uncle Rudolf
1990 The Care of Time Karlis Zander
1990 Treasure Island Blind Pew
1990 L'Avaro Cardinale Spinosi
1990 Honeymoon Academy Lazos
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch Doctor Catheter
1991 Incident at Victoria Falls Sherlock Holmes
1991 Curse III: Blood Sacrifice Doctor Pearson
1992 Jackpot Cedric
1992 Double Vision Mr. Bernard TV movie
1992 Kabuto King Philip
1992 Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady Sherlock Holmes
1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Count Ottokar Graf Czerin Episode "Austria, March 1917"
1993 Death Train General Konstantin Benin
1994 Police Academy: Mission to Moscow Cmndt. Alexandrei Nikolaivich Rakov
1994 Funny Man Callum Chance
1995 The Tomorrow People Rameses
1995 A Feast at Midnight V. E. Longfellow, aka Raptor
1995 Moses Ramses
1996 Welcome to the Discworld Death
1996 Sorellina e il principe del sogno Azaret
1996 The Stupids Evil Sender
1997 Ivanhoe Lucas de Beaumanoir TV mini-series
1997 Soul Music Death
1997 Wyrd Sisters Death
1997 The Odyssey Tiresias
1998 Tale of the Mummy Sir Richard Turkel
1998 Jinnah Mohammed Ali Jinnah
1997 - 1998 The New Adventures of Robin Hood Olwyn 6 episodes
1996 - 1999 Blue Heelers Richard 4 episodes
1999 Sleepy Hollow Burgomaster
2000 Gormenghast Flay
2000 In the Beginning Rameses I TV movie
2000 Ghost Stories for Christmas M. R. James TV mini-series
2001 Les Redoutables Death Segment
"Confession" (unknown episodes)
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Saruman Nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture;
and MTV Movie Award for "Best Fight" (with Ian McKellen)
2002 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Saruman Nominated for 2002 Best Picture
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Saruman 2003 Best Picture
2004 Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse Heinrich von Garten
2005 The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby The Lord Provost
2005 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Dr. Wonka
2005 Corpse Bride Pastor Galswells (voice)
2005 Pope John Paul II Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski
2007 The Golden Compass First High Councilor
2008 The Colour of Magic Death TV
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus (voice)
2008 The Heavy Mr. Mason
2008 Boogie Woogie Alfred Rhinegold
2008 Monstermania! Mr. Price (voice)
post-production
2009 Triage Joaquín Morales
2009 Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva Pip (voice)
2010 Alice in Wonderland The Jabberwocky (voice)
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Saruman
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Saruman

Writings[edit | edit source]

Year Title Other notes
2003 Lord of Misrule: The Autobiography of Christopher Lee Includes some information about Lee's work on Attack of the Clones


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