Thursday, May 27, 2010

Happy birthday, Christopher Lee.

Frequent Peter Cushing costar Christopher Lee, CBE, was born today in London in 1922. An integral part of numerous horror movies, Lee played Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu and Bram Stoker's Dracula in several films, Duc de Richelieu in The Devil Rides Out (writ. Richard Matheson and Dennis Wheatley, 1968), and Jean-Pierre in the TV series Colonel Marsh of Scotland Yard (many episodes written by John Dickson Carr, 1956).  His career also has a definite Sherlock Holmes emphasis; he played Sir Henry Baskerville in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Mycroft Holmes in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), and Holmes himself in Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991). He's also the uncle of Harriet Walter (who appeared as Harriet Vane in Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, and Gaudy Night).

About the image: Christopher Lee in The Hound of the Baskervilles (dir. Terence Fisher, 1959)

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