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Lee at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2013.

Born Christopher Frank Carandini Lee
27 May 1922
BelgraviaLondon, England
Died 7 June 2015 (aged 93)
Chelsea, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, singer, author
Years active 1946–2015
Spouse(s) Birgit Krøncke
(m. 1961)
Children 1
Relatives Marie Carandini (great-grandmother)
Harriet Walter (niece)
Military career
Allegiance  Finland (1939)
 United Kingdom (1940–1946)
Service/branch Finnish Army (1939)
British Home Guard (1940)
Royal Air Force (1941–1946)
Years of service 1939–1946
Rank Flight Lieutenant
Battles/wars

Lee was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009, received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011, and received the BFI Fellowship in 2013.[2] Lee considered his best performance to be that of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the biopic Jinnah (1998), and his best film to be the British horror film The Wicker Man (1973).[3] He frequently appeared opposite Peter Cushing in Hammer Horror films, and late in his career had roles in six Tim Burton films.[4]

Always noted as an actor for his deep, strong voice, Lee was also known for his singing ability, recording various opera and musical pieces between 1986 and 1998, and the symphonic metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010, after having worked with several metal bands since 2005. The heavy metal follow-up Charlemagne: The Omens of Death was released on 27 May 2013, Lee’s 91st birthday.[5][6] He was honoured with the “Spirit of Metal” award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards ceremony. Lee died from complications of respiratory problems and heart failure on the morning of 7 June 2015, at the age of 93.