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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[]

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[]

Sir Christopher Lee as Count Dooku.

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