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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]


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 WarsEdit


Count Dooku

Sir Christopher Lee as Count Dooku.

Year Title Role Notes
1948Corridor of MirrorsCharles
1948One Night with YouPirelli's Assistant
1948HamletSpear CarrierUncredited
1948 Best Picture
1948Penny and the Pownall CaseJonathan Blair
1948A Song of TomorrowAuguste
1948My Brother's KeeperSecond ConstableScenes Deleted
1948Saraband for Dead LoversBit PartUncredited
1948Scott of the AntarcticBernard Day
1949Trottie TrueBongo
1950They Were Not DividedChris Lewis
1950Prelude to FameNewsman
1951Valley of EaglesDet. Holt
1951Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.Spanish Captain
1952The Crimson PirateJoseph (attache)
1952Top SecretUncredited
1952Paul Temple ReturnsSir Felix Raybourne
1952Babes in BagdadSlave Dealer
1952Moulin RougeGeorges SeuratNominated for 1952 Best Picture
1953Les vacances de Monsieur HulotUncredited
1953Innocents in ParisLieutenant WhitlockUncredited
1954Destination MilanSvenson
1955Man in Demand
1955CrossroadsThe Ghost
1955Moby Dick RehearsedA Stage Manager/FlaskTV movie
1955Final Column
1955That LadyCaptain
1955Police DogJohnny, a constable
1955The ViseDifferent RolesEpisodes
"Price of Vanity"
"The Final Column"
1955The Dark AvengerFrench Patrol Captain at TavernUncredited
1955Tales of Hans AndersonDifferent RolesEpisodes
"Wee Willie Winkie"
"The Cripple Boy"
1955The Cockleshell HeroesSubmarine Commander
1955Storm Over the NileKaraga Pasha
1956The Adventures of AggieInspector HollisEpisode
"Cut Glass"
1956Alias John PrestonJohn Preston
1956Private's ProgressGen. von Linbeck's aide
1956The Scarlet PimpernelLouis (Uncredited)Episode
"The Elusive Chauvelin"
1956Colonel March of Scotland Yard Jean-PierreEpisode
"At Night All Cats Are Grey"
1956Port AfriqueFranz Vermes
1956Beyond MombasaGil Rossi
1953 - 1956Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., PresentsDifferent Roles13 Episodes
1956Sailor of FortuneDifferent RolesEpisodes
"The Desert Hostages"
"Stranger in Danger"
1956The Battle of the River PlateManolo
1957Errol Flynn TheaterDifferent Roles4 Episodes
1957I'll Met by MoonlightGerman Officer at Dentists
1957Fortune Is a WomanCharles Highbury
1957The TraitorDr. Neumann
1957The Curse of FrankensteinThe Creature
1957The Gay CavalierColonel Jeffries Episode
"The Lady's Dilemma"
1957Bitter VictorySgt. Barney
1957The Truth About WomenFrançois
1956 - 1957Assignment Foreign LegionDifferent RolesEpisodes
"As We Forgive"
"The Anaya"
"Operation Firefly"
1958IvanhoeSir OttoEpisode
"The German Knight"
1958A Tale of Two CitiesMarquis St. Evremonde
1958White HunterMark CaldwellEpisode
"This Hungry Hell"
1958DraculaCount Dracula
1958The Battle of the V.1Labor Camp Captain, Men's Section
1958Corridors of BloodResurrection Joe
1959William TellPrince ErikEpisode
1959The Hound of the BaskervillesSir Henry
1959The Man Who Could Cheat DeathDr. Pierre Gerard
1959The Treasure of San TeresaJaeger
1959The MummyKharis, the Mummy
1959Tempi duri per i vampiriBaron Roderico da Frankurten
1960Tales of the VikingsNorman Knight
1960Too Hot to HandleNovak
1960Beat GirlKenny
1960The City of the DeadProf. Alan Driscoll
1960The Two Faces of Dr. JekyllPaul Allen
1960The Hands of OrlacNero the magician
1961The Terror of the TongsChung King
1961Taste of FearDoctor Pierre Gerrard
1961Alcoa Presents: One Step BeyondWilhelm ReitlingerEpisode
"The Sorcerer"
1961Das geheimnis der gelben NarzissenLing Chu
1961Ercole al centro della terraKing Lico (Licos)
1962Das rätsel der roten Orchidee Captain Allerman
1962The Pirates of Blood RiverCaptain LaRoche
1962The Devil's AgentBaron von Staub
1962Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des TodesSherlock Holmes
1963La vergine di Norimberga Erich
1963La frusta e il corpoKurt Menliff
1964Il castello dei morti viviCount Drago
1964The Alfred Hitchcock HourKarl JorlaEpisode
"The Sign of Satan" (1964)
1964La cripta e l'incuboCount Ludwig Karnstein
1964The Devil-Ship PiratesCaptain Robeles
1964The GorgonProf. Karl Meister
1965Dr. Terror's House of HorrorsFranklyn Marsh
1965The SkullSir Matthew Phillips
1965Ten Little IndiansVoice of "Mr. Owen"Uncredited
1965The Face of Fu ManchuDr. Fu Manchu / Lee Tao
1966Theatre of DeathPhilippe Darvas
1966Dracula: Prince of DarknessCount Dracula
1966Rasputin: The Mad MonkGrigori Rasputin
1966Circus of FearGregor
1966The Brides of Fu ManchuFu Manchu
1967The Vengeance of Fu ManchuDr. Fu Manchu
1967Night of the Big HeatGodfrey Hanson
1967Five Golden DragonsDragon #4
1967Die schlangengrube und das PendelCount Frederic Regula, Graf von Andomai
1968Curse of the Crimson AltarMorley
1968The Devil Rides OutDuc de Richleau
1968The Face of EveColonel Stuart
1968The Blood of Fu ManchuFu Manchu
1968Dracula Has Risen from the GraveDracula
1967, 1969The AvengersProfessor Stone (1967)
Colonel Mannering (1969)
"Never, Never Say Die" (1967)
"The Interrogators" (1969)
1969Light Entertainment KillersTV movie
1969The Castle of Fu ManchuFu Manchu
1969The Oblong BoxDr. J. Neuhart
1969The Magic ChristianShip's vampire
1969Frankenstein Must Be DestroyedCount Dracula
1970Scream and Scream AgainFremont
1970UmbracleThe Man
1970The Bloody JudgeLord George Jeffreys
1970Count DraculaCount Dracula
1970Taste the Blood of DraculaDracula
1970One More TimeDracula
1970Julius Caesar Artemidorus
1970The Private Life of Sherlock HolmesMycroft Holmes
1970Scars of DraculaDracula
1971The House That Dripped BloodJohn ReidSegment
"Sweets to the Sweet"
1971I, MonsterDr. Charles Marlowe/Edward Blake
1971Hannie CaulderBailey
1972Death LineStratton-Villiers, MI5
1972Nothing But the NightCol. Charles Bingham
1972Dracula AD 1972Count Dracula
1973Dark PlacesDr. Mandeville
1973The Creeping FleshJames Hildern
1973Poor DevilLuciferTV movie
1973Great MysteriesArnaudEpisode
"The Leather Funnel" (1973)
1973The Satanic Rites of DraculaCount Dracula
1973Horror ExpressSir Alexander Saxton
1973The Three MusketeersRochefort
1973The Wicker ManLord Summerisle
1974The Four MusketeersRochefort
1974The Man with the Golden GunFrancisco Scaramanga
1975Diagnosis: MurderDr. Stephen Hayward
1975Le boucher, la star et l'orphelineVan Krig/Himself
1976The KeeperThe Keeper
1976Killer ForceMajor Chilton
1976Space: 1999Captain ZandorEpisode
"Earthbound" (1976)
1976To the Devil, A DaughterFather Michael Rayner
1976Dracula père et filsLe prince des Ténèbres / Prince of Darkness
1977Airport '77Martin Wallace
1977Meatcleaver MassacreOn-screen narrator
1977End of the WorldFather Pergado/Zindar
1977Starship InvasionsCaptain Rameses
1978How the West Was WonThe Grand DukeTV miniseries
1978Return from Witch MountainVictor
1978CaravansSardar Khan
1978The PirateSamir Al FayTV movie
1978Circle of IronZetan
1979The PassageGypsy
1979Arabian AdventureAlquazar
1979Nutcracker FantasyUncle Drosselmeyer / Street Singer / WatchmakerVoice
1979Jaguar Lives!Adam Caine
1979Captain America II: Death Too SoonMiguelTV movie
1979Bear IslandLechinski
19791941Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt
1980SerialLuckman Skull
1980Once Upon a SpyMarcus ValoriumTV movie
1980Charlie's AngelsDale WoodmanEpisode
"Angel in Hiding" (1980)
1981The SalamanderPrince Baldasar, the Director of Counterintelligence
1981Evil Stalks This HouseHostTV movie
1981Desperate MovesDr. Carl Boxer
1981An Eye for an EyeMorgan Canfield
1981Time BanditsOswald
1981Goliath AwaitsJohn McKenzieTV movie
1982Safari 3000Count Borgia
1982Massarati and the BrainVictor LeopoldTV movie
1982Charles & Diana: A Royal Love StoryPrince PhilipTV movie
1982The Last UnicornKing HaggardVoice; also in german language version
1983New MagicMr. Kellar
1983The Return of Captain InvincibleMr. Midnight
1983House of the Long ShadowsCorrigan
1984The Far PavilionsKaka-ji RaoTV miniseries
1984Faerie Tale TheatreKing Vladimir VEpisode
"The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers" (1984)
1984The Rosebud Beach HotelMr. Clifford King
1985Mask of MurderChief Supt. Jonathan Rich
1985Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf BitchStefan Crosscoe
1986Un métier du seigneurFogTV movie
1986The GirlPeter Storm
1986The DisputationKing James of AragonTV movie
1986The Mind of David BerglasEpisode
"Episode #1.1" (1986)
1986Shaka ZuluLord BathurstTV miniseries
1987Shaka ZuluLord Bathurst
1987JocksPresident White
1987SpaceballsCaptain Layton
1987Mio min MioKato
1988Dark Mission (Operación cocaína)Luis Morel
1989Murder StoryWillard Hope
1989La chute des aiglesWalter Strauss
1989Around the World in 80 DaysStuartTV miniseries
1989The Return of the MusketeersRochefort
1989La révolution françaiseSansonSegment
"Les Années Terribles"
1990The Rainbow ThiefUncle Rudolf
1990The Care of TimeKarlis Zander
1990Treasure IslandBlind Pew
1990L'AvaroCardinale Spinosi
1990Honeymoon AcademyLazos
1990Gremlins 2: The New BatchDoctor Catheter
1991Incident at Victoria FallsSherlock Holmes
1991Curse III: Blood SacrificeDoctor Pearson
1992Double VisionMr. BernardTV movie
1992KabutoKing Philip
1992Sherlock Holmes and the Leading LadySherlock Holmes
1992The Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesCount Ottokar Graf CzerinEpisode "Austria, March 1917"
1993Death TrainGeneral Konstantin Benin
1994Police Academy: Mission to MoscowCmndt. Alexandrei Nikolaivich Rakov
1994Funny ManCallum Chance
1995The Tomorrow PeopleRameses
1995A Feast at MidnightV. E. Longfellow, aka Raptor
1996Welcome to the DiscworldDeath
1996Sorellina e il principe del sognoAzaret
1996The StupidsEvil Sender
1997IvanhoeLucas de BeaumanoirTV mini-series
1997Soul MusicDeath
1997Wyrd SistersDeath
1997The OdysseyTiresias
1998Tale of the MummySir Richard Turkel
1998JinnahMohammed Ali Jinnah
1997 - 1998The New Adventures of Robin HoodOlwyn6 episodes
1996 - 1999Blue HeelersRichard4 episodes
1999Sleepy HollowBurgomaster
2000In the BeginningRameses ITV movie
2000Ghost Stories for ChristmasM. R. JamesTV mini-series
2001Les RedoutablesDeathSegment
"Confession" (unknown episodes)
2001The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingSarumanNominated for Academy Award for Best Picture;
and MTV Movie Award for "Best Fight" (with Ian McKellen)
2002Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the ClonesCount Dooku / Darth Tyranus
2002The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersSarumanNominated for 2002 Best Picture
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingSaruman2003 Best Picture
2004Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the ApocalypseHeinrich von Garten
2005The Adventures of Greyfriars BobbyThe Lord Provost
2005Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithCount Dooku / Darth Tyranus
2005Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryDr. Wonka
2005Corpse BridePastor Galswells(voice)
2005Pope John Paul IICardinal Stefan Wyszynski
2007The Golden CompassFirst High Councilor
2008The Colour of MagicDeathTV
2008Star Wars: The Clone WarsCount Dooku / Darth Tyranus(voice)
2008The HeavyMr. Mason
2008Boogie WoogieAlfred Rhinegold
2008Monstermania!Mr. Price(voice)
2009TriageJoaquín Morales
2009Professor Layton and the Eternal DivaPip(voice)
2010Alice in WonderlandThe Jabberwocky(voice)
2012The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneySaruman
2014The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesSaruman


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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