Friday, May 27, 2011
Happy Birthday, Christopher Lee!
Christopher Lee is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most acting roles of anybody in this history of film. His filmography on the IMDB has 272 entries, which is absolutely astounding. Over the course of his career, he has fought Jedi, Gandalf, James Bond, and Van Helsing. He already has five films that were released or will be released in 2011 alone. He has two films scheduled for 2012 and one for 2013. Oh, and he just turned 89 today. I'm only 34, and I'm lucky if I can work up the energy to do dishes and my laundry in the same week.
All 272 of his films aren't great, of course, but I would guess that all are worth checking out because Christopher Lee is never not great. Here is just a short list of some of his most memorable roles:
Saruman: Lord of the Rings
Count Dooku: Star Wars
Lord Summerisle: The Wicker Man
Bond Villain Scaramanga: The Man With the Golden Gun
Dracula: A dozen different Hammer Horror Films
Fu Manchu: Multiple films
Sherlock Holmes: Multiple films
And literally hundreds of others, in his past and presumably to come in the future. Have a happy and healthy birthday, and let's hope it's just the 89th of many more.