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19 Reasons Why Christopher Lee Was A Pretty Amazing Human Being

The veteran British actor, who has died at the age of 93, had a life and career that put the rest of us to shame.

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1. You most likely already know that Christopher Lee was in The Lord of the Rings as Saruman.

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He was a massive Tolkien fan – and the only member of the cast of Peter Jackson's movies to actually meet the author.

According to an interview in The Guardian in 2001, the longest stretch of time he spent without a project to work on was two weeks.

2. He also released several heavy metal albums – and even some Christmas singles.

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They included heavy metal covers of "Silent Night", "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", "Jingle Bells" and "The Little Drummer Boy".

The music website Blabbermouth reported that '"Jingle Hell" reached No. 18 on Billboard, making him the oldest performer in history to have entered the charts. (The record was previously held by Tony Bennett.)

3. He was also one of the oldest people ever to enter the UK chart, with his album "Metal Knight" in 2014.

He told Sky News "I associate heavy metal with fantasy because of the tremendous power that music delivers."

4. He was even on the cover of one of Paul McCartney's albums, Band on the Run.

He's on the back there, touching the wall. That's Michael Parkinson on the left, by the way.
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He's on the back there, touching the wall. That's Michael Parkinson on the left, by the way.

5. He served in the Second World War as a Royal Air Force intelligence officer, repeatedly being promoted.

He carried out missions with the SAS "from time to time" but always refused to discuss them, as they were classified.
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He carried out missions with the SAS "from time to time" but always refused to discuss them, as they were classified.

6. After the war, he worked to track down Nazi war criminals.

In an interview with The Times in 2009, he described seeing the concentration camps: "Some had been cleaned up. Some had not.”
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In an interview with The Times in 2009, he described seeing the concentration camps: "Some had been cleaned up. Some had not.”

7. He was reportedly able to speak up to six languages.

And he was pretty bloody tall, at 6' 4".
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And he was pretty bloody tall, at 6' 4".

8. As Dracula, he was the man who first made vampires sexy.

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He played the role in 10 different films, and ended up starring in more than 20 films with Peter Cushing, most of them for the Hammer studio.

9. He was one of the best Bond villains, playing Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun.

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He told Empire magazine that his character Scaramanga "is actually a real name – there was a boy at Eton who Ian Fleming didn’t like at all, so he used his name." He didn't mention whether the guy had a third nipple.

10. He was also a step-cousin of Ian Fleming.

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That's the Bond author on the left, and the Bond star on the right.

11. When he played Count Dooku in the second and third episodes of Star Wars, he did many of his own stunts, even though he was almost 80.

He told Total Film, "For the lightsaber fights, everything from the waist up is me, but I was doubled for long shots."
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He told Total Film, "For the lightsaber fights, everything from the waist up is me, but I was doubled for long shots."

12. He presented Saturday Night Live in 1978, doing the monologue and introducing Meat Loaf.

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13. He was left a hat in his will by the actor Vincent Price.

"He always wore it on Christmas Day and so do I. I have done for quite a few years."
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"He always wore it on Christmas Day and so do I. I have done for quite a few years."

14. He portrayed Sherlock AND Mycroft Holmes.

He played the great detective from The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1959 to Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace in 1962. He also depicted Mycoft in a Sherlock Holmes film in 1970.
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He played the great detective from The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1959 to Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace in 1962. He also depicted Mycoft in a Sherlock Holmes film in 1970.

15. He starred as Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man, one of the great cult films of the 20th century, and was one of its biggest cheerleaders.

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He toldTotal Film magazine: "That’s the story of my career really, making cult movies. And I’ve always said it’s the best film I’ve ever made, even in its butchered form, which it is. Even the DVD is butchered."

16. He was also in many other cult films, like Gremlins 2 as Dr. Catheter.

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17. Oh, and he was in Captain America II, and in The Avengers.

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18. He won a BAFTA Fellowship in 2011, where he said this during his acceptance speech.

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This basically sums up his life well.

You will be missed, Sir Christopher Lee.

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