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Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (27 May 1922 - 7 June 2015) was one of the English-speaking world's most prolific actors of note. He is best known to younger audiences for his roles as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He held the distinction of having played both Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. He also portrayed Sir Henry Baskerville, an apparently unique trifecta.

He played Sir Henry in Hammer's 1959 The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes in the 1962 West German-French-Italian film Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace, and Mycroft in Billy Wilder's 1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. He returned to the role of the great detective in 1992's Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady, with Patrick Macnee as his Dr Watson.

His best friend was Peter Cushing. He often spoke about the depth of their bond and his sense of loss after Cushing's death.

In his prime, Christopher Lee stood roughly 6' 5" (c. 194 cm), and was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the "Tallest Leading Actor".[1] In the 2014 edition, he is acknowledged as having the most on-screen sword-fights, having performed such scenes, including once with a billiard cue, in seventeen different films.[2]

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  1. Guinness World Records 2013. (Guinness World Records, 2012), p78.
  2. Record-breaking movie stunts, Guinness World Records 2014. (Guinness World Records, 2013) p335.
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