This famous actor has died 70 times on screen, a record!

This famous actor has died 70 times on screen, a record!
This famous actor has died 70 times on screen, a record!

This famous actor with a thriving career made his mark playing iconic villains! Roles which brought him epic endings and therefore (very) many deaths. Who is this star who is on screen more than 70 times?

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Died in 2015 at the age of 93, Christopher Lee enjoyed an impressive career after appearing in his first films during the 1940s. Best known for his roles in genre films, the actor terrified generations of moviegoers by playing some of the most ruthless villains in cinema history, including the famous vampire Dracula. Despite the large number of roles he has played, Christopher Lee’s characters have rarely been left unharmed at the end of his films… The actor has in fact experienced more on-screen deaths than any other star. And for good reason: Christopher Lee has experienced no less than 70 deaths in his films.

Christopher Lee: Dracula, a truly deadly role

He is not only the actor to have died the most on screen but also the one to have died the most times while playing the same character, namely Dracula, the most famous vampire in cinema! Dracula’s nightmare in 1958, Dracula, prince of darkness in 1966, Dracula still lives in London in 1973, or even Dracula father and son in 1976… Christopher Lee played the famous vampire in nearly ten films… So many appearances which, each time, cost him his life. A shame when his character should, on the contrary, make him an immortal!

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This death of a Christopher Lee character caused controversy

In The Lord of the Rings , Christopher Lee’s character also experiences death. An ending which was, however, controversial. The actor was cast as the villainous Saruman, the ancient White Wizard who allies himself with the dark lord Sauron. While Saruman is killed in the original novel, the character’s death scene was cut in the film version in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Christopher Lee was furious at these changes, which he believed fundamentally altered the text, and boycotted the film’s premiere in protest. Christopher Lee and Peter Jackson eventually reconciled and the actor consoled himself with the appearance of his character Saruman in the Hobbit.

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