"A young man right at the beginning of his career"
To say that famed actor Sir Christopher Lee led an extraordinary life would be a vast understatement.
Just one example, he was a die-hard metal fan and musician, and at age 91 became the oldest musician to enter the Billboard charts (at #22) with his Christmas single 'Jingle Hell'.
In 2010, he released his first complete metal album: 'Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross'.
It was critically acclaimed and awarded the 'Spirit of Metal' award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony.
Accepting the award, he described himself as "a young man right at the beginning of his career".
At the time of his passing in 2015, Lee held several records. He held 'most connected actor', 'most films with a swordfight by an actor', and 'tallest actor in a leading role' (6”5’).
He starred in 250 films, read six languages, met JRR Tolkien, re-read Lord of the Rings every year, saw the last public execution in France, and served in the SAS during WW2.
You can listen to a sample of Christopher Lee's second Christmas album here.
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