Famed actor, musician, knight, and author Christopher Lee passed away this week at age 93.

Lee is best known for his acting career which spanned over 70 years. His most recognizable roles being the Hammer Horror Films, most notably, Dracula, Villainous hitman Francisco Scaramanga (James Bond: The Man With The Golden Gun), Count Dooku (Star Wars), and Saruman (Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit). I mean, the guy was so badass, that he dared to challenge Yoda in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Though we tend to dismiss the prequels, Lee’s portrayal of Count Dooku, the fallen Jedi, was that of a master.

Lee as Count Dooku (credit: Lucasfilm)

Lee as Count Dooku (credit: Lucasfilm)

In 2009, Lee was knighted for his achievements in the arts by Prince Charles and we we’re finally able to call him Sir Christopher Lee, a title he well-deserved before this time.

Lee was also a heavy metal fan and artist. He released multiple albums starting in 2010 with Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross followed by Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, and Metal Knight in 2014.  He quickly developed a huge fan following, cause there’s nothing like a guy in his 90s rocking heavy metal.

He also dabbled in Christmas covers releasing two EPs entitled Heavy Metal Christmas in 2012, and Heavy Metal Christmas Too in 2013. Here is a taste of the magic:

He passed away June 7th due to heart failure, but his death was not announced until the morning of the 11th at the request of his wife. The utter flood of news articles, tribute videos, and outpouring of support for Sir Lee today is just a testament to how respected, revered, and loved he was.

Christopher Lee as Dracula: Prince of Darkness (Credit: Hammer Horror)

Christopher Lee as Dracula: Prince of Darkness (Credit: Hammer Horror)

Lee once said, “To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead or excessively old!” Well, he managed to achieve both of those statuses and create incredibly powerful characters in his lifetime that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. You are a legend, Sir Christopher Lee, thanks for the memories and rest in peace.

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Maureen Elsberry is an adventure seeker, outdoors junkie, UFO journalist, and space geek. She starred on the show Uncovering Aliens with appearances on Animal Planet, Science Channel, Destination America, and the American Hero's Network. Her Weaknesses: Wine, cheese, and Harrison Ford.

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