Veteran actor Christopher Lee, who counted Star Wars’ Count Dooku among his hundreds of film roles, died Sunday in London.
In the ’50s and ’60s, he was best known for his work in the Hammer Horror films, where he famously played Count Dracula, often alongside another actor who eventually showed up in Star Wars, Peter Cushing. In the ’70s, he upped his profile with pivotal roles in The Wicker Man and The Man with the Golden Gun.
(My personal introduction to Lee was 1982’s The Last Unicorn, where he voiced the villain, King Haggard.)
In the early 2000s, he gained a whole new audience in two of the decades biggest franchises, playing Dooku in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and the wizard Saruman in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings adaptions. He also appeared in several Tim Burton films.
Films aside, Lee led a intriguing life: He served as an intelligence officer during and just after World War II, where his duties involved hunting down Nazi war criminals. (In an infamous bit from the Lord of the Rings extras, he tells Peter Jackson how it sounds when a man is stabbed in the back.)
He also released several heavy metal concept albums, the last in 2013.
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Mary Franklin in the news. Alaska Dispatch profiles our favorite Celebration organizer, with shoutouts to the Star Ladies, Bossk, and Sex with a Rodian.
The Force Awakens star John Boyega returned to Twitter and Instagram on Thursday, where he revealed – after the fact – that he’d spent some time roving the convention while wearing a clone trooper helmet.
: “Lightsaber fight with SW fan at convention…blending in nicely.”
Who’s the lucky fan who got to duel with him, I wonder?
UPDATE: He wasn’t the only one…
Officials have confirmed that Harrison Ford was indeed involved in a crash landing at an L.A. area golf course this afternoon. Ford is in stable condition, People reports. A family member told the local NBC station that the actor is fine and suffered only a few gashes. And his son, Ben Ford, tweeted “At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.”
UPDATE: Ford’s publicist has released a statement:
Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which had engine trouble upon take off. He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely. He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care. The injuries sustained are not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.
The pilot’s injuries were classified as “fair to moderate” by first responders. TMZ was first to report the crash.
You said it, Chewie.
Mark Hamill appearing at Celebration Anaheim isn’t exactly a surprise – it’ll be his third Celebration, and he’s in that little movie due in December – but good to know.
I saw his chat with James Arnold Taylor at Celebration VI, and it was a lot of fun.
Hamill is the latest addition to a lineup of guests that includes J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Carrie Fisher and more.
John Boyega talks Star Wars, Daisy Ridley, makes lightsaber sounds. BBC’s Lizo Mzimba caught up with him this weekend at the Bafta Film Awards.
Richard Bonehill, who played Nien Nunb in Return of the Jedi, has passed away at age 67. Nunb is his most recognizable Star Wars role, but the expert swordsman also played troopers, pilots, aliens and even a tauntaun handler in ROTJ and The Empire Strikes Back.
Mark Hamill on Kingsman, Flash, and new Star Wars. “It’s exciting from the standpoint that it’s the first of the movies in that universe that’s conceived and directed by the fan generation,” he tells the L.A. Times.
Video: Oscar Isaac on The Daily Show. Breaking The Force Awakens craft services news, if we ignore that one time Domhnall Gleeson talked about quinoa.
I think we know who the new Boba Fett really is now…