Actor Sir Christopher Lee who became a cult horror icon in the late 1950′s playing Count Dracula in Hammer films series of Dracula movies is set to be presented with the BAFTA film awards highest honor at a special presentation during the Orange BAFTA film awards this Sunday.
That’s right horror fans. according to The Hollywood Reporter:
Mr. Lee who’s career has spanned several decades has starred in many legendary movies and cult classic films as The Horror of Dracula with Peter Cushing, who would go on to become his long time partner in the Dracula series. Also he starred as Fu Manchu in the movie, The Face of Fu Manchu, with Nigel Green and Joachim Fuchsberger.
More recently this power house actor has been winning over droves of new fans playing such roles as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and in the prequel,’The Hobbit.’ He also had a significant roll as Count Dooku in the Starwars prequel series and has recently re-teamed with the production company that produced his most prolific work, Hammer Films to play the character of August in the movie The Resident.
And man does this guy keep on truckin. According to IMDB Mr. Lee has 5 projects in various stages of development! A notable one happens to be the Martin Scorsese film, Hugo Cabaret. According to IMDB this movie is set in 1930s Paris. An orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. Hugo Cabaret will also star such notables as Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) and Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island.)
Mr. Lee will join a list of people who have recieved the same honor. This list includes: Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen Speilberg, Julie Christie, Terry Gilliam and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
“It’s a very unexpected but very great honor to find myself in such distinguished company to receive the fellowship.”
- Christopher Lee said about winning this honor.
This years ceremony will be hosted by Jonathan Ross and will be broadcast on BBC One.
Here is a sample of Mr. Lee’s work: