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British acting legend Christopher Lee dies

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 01:05

The actor known for his villain roles was 93 years old. Angela Moore reports.

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British actor Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93. Known for portraying horror film villains and his appearances in the blockbusters "Star Wars" and "Lord of the Rings" series, Lee died June 7 in hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for respiratory problems. The London-born performer took up acting on the suggestion of a cousin after serving in the Royal Air Force in World War Two. With his deep voice and 6-foot 4-inch frame, Lee was the last English-language horror movie star in the silent era. He won new generations of fans after the turn of the century in some of the biggest money makers in film history. He played the evil Count Dooku, in "Star Wars: Episode II and III and portrayed the power-hungry wizard Saruman in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies. Lee's agent, in an emailed statement, said his family "wishes to make no comment".

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British acting legend Christopher Lee dies

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 01:05