Christopher Lee (1922 - 2015)

Christopher Lee at the moment of his death in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Lee is another serious contender for the greatest amount of recorded screen deaths, and with a career spanning seven decades which ended at his final work. A hard working actor that has enjoyed playing villains has he finds playing villains are more satisfying roles to play. A marvelous singer and a wonderful operatic dark voice of bass baritone.

Film Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • Penny and the Pownall Case (1948) [Jonathan Blair]: Shot by the police after Ralph Michael chases him through a roadblock.
  • Cross-Roads (1955) [Harry Cooper]: Killed in a car crash when his heavily pregnant sister Janet Richards lurches against him and he loses control of the sports car and hits a tree, killing her as well. He later returns as a ghost to terrify Ferdy Mayne to death.
  • The Dark Avenger (1955) [French Patrol Captain at Tavern]: Stabbed with a broadsword in the chest by Errol Flynn in a duel.
  • Beyond Mombasa (1956) [Gil Rossi]: Shot with a poison dart by Leo Genn with a blowgun.
  • Ill Met by Moonlight (Night Ambush) (1957) [German Officer at Dentist]: Shot to death by Dirk Bogarde
  • The Truth About Women (1957) [Francois Thiers]. Laurence Harvey arrives for his duel with Christopher in time to see him being shot and killed in another duel. This had been hastily 'arranged' by Elina Labourdette as she realized that Christopher would almost certainly kill Laurence but the other duelist would probably kill Christopher and therefore save Laurence. (Played for comedic effect). 
  • Horror Hotel (The City of the Dead) (1960) [Professor Alan Driscoll]: Incinerated when Tom Naylor raises a giant crucifix and the shadow of the cross falls across him.
  • Beat Girl (1960) [Kenny]: Stabbed in the back off-screen with a letter opener by Delphi Lawrence. We see her hand pick up the weapon as Christopher is sexually molesting Gillian Hills.
  • Hercules in the Haunted World (Ercole al centro della terra; Hercules vs. the Vampires) (1961) [King Lico]: Bursts into flame when he fails to complete his human sacrifice ceremony before the end of the lunar eclipse having been pinned beneath a stone obelisk by Reg Park.
  • Horror Castle (La Vergine di Noremberga; The Virgin of Nuremberg) (1963) [Erich]: Falls to his death after being trapped in a burning castle while trying to save his master.
  • The Whip and the Body (La Frusta e il corpo; What; Night Is the Phantom) (1963) [Kurt Menliff]: Stabbed in the neck by Daliah Lavi behind a curtain; his body is shown again afterwards when everybody else discovers him, then again during his funeral. After his death, he appears to Daliah several times throughout the movie as a hallucination.
  • Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) [Franklyn Marsh]: Dies (off-screen) after also losing his eyes in an accident caused by Michael Gough's living severed hand. He is still alive at the end of his story, but at the end of the movie, it's revealed that all of the train passengers are already dead and that their stories weren't visions of the future but flashbacks to the past.
  • She (1965) [Billali]: Stabbed in the back with a spear by Ursula Andress when he tries to enter the Flame of Life, he dies before he can go into it.
  • The Skull (1965) [Sir Matthew Phillips]: Hit on the head with a small statue by Peter Cushing after Christopher catches Peter trying to steal the statue.
  • Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) [Rasputin]: Thrown from a balcony onto a frozen moat by Francis Matthews, on top of being poisoned by Richard Pasco to no effect. Note: due to Rasputin's infamous lack of dying, it's not known if this was intended to be an actual death. There are also stills of his arm up after falling. (Historically, Rasputin was shot repeatedly by Felix Yusupov and others before being dropped from a bridge into a frozen river.)
  • Circus of Fear (Psycho-Circus) (1966) [Gregor]: Lee is clinging on desperately to the cliff top when Eddi Arent comes along and stamps on his hands, causing him to lose his grip and fall to his death.
  • The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967) [Count Frederic Regula]: Drawn and quartered as punishment for killing twelve virgins in his torture chamber. He returns in spirit form throughout the rest of the movie and is finally killed at the end, when Lex Barker uses a crucifix against him.
  • Blood Fiend (Theatre of Fear) (1967) [Philippe Darvas]: Drowned (off-screen) in a pond by Jenny Till, we only hear of his death.
  • I, Monster (1971) [Dr. Charles Marlowe / Edward Blake]: Injured when he falls down stairs after Peter Cushing sets his back on fire. His body later changes from 'Blake' to 'Marlowe.'
  • Dracula AD 1972 (1972) [Count Dracula]: Impaled on a wooden stake after he falls into a pit of stakes; Peter Cushing then uses a shovel to push him on further, causing him to crumble to dust. In the prologue sequence, he was also stabbed in the heart with a wooden wheel-spoke by Peter playing the ancestor of his present-day character, but was brought back to life shortly after the 20th-century storyline begins.Christopher is revived in the sequel, The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973).
  • Dark Places (1974) [Dr. Ian Mandeville] Stabbed with a pickaxe by Robert Hardy.
  • Airport '77 (1977) [Martin Wallace]: Crushed underneath the cargo door when it unexpectedly triggers open during an escape attempt with Jack Lemmon. Christopher drowns as his body slips under the water, Jack tries to revive him with oxygen but is not successful. His body later drifts by the plane's widow, where his wife (Lee Grant) looks on in horror. 
  • 1941 (1979) [Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt]: Presumably drowns when he is knocked off the deck of the submarine and into the ocean by Toshirô Mifune, after he insults him. (Although the film's final implies he may have drowned, there are publicity stills from deleted footage showing the drenched body as Slim Pickens' prisoner). (Played for comedic effect)
  • The Last Unicorn (1982, animated) [King Haggard]: Drowned when he falls to his death after being trapped when his castle collapses into the ocean and after his red bull commits suicide by drowning himself in sea and the other unicorns are freed.
  • The Return of Captain Invincible (1983) [Mr. Midnight]: Crushed when Alan Arkin throws a giant globe at him.
  • House of the Long Shadows (1983) [Corrigan/Roderick Grisbane]: Accidentally stabbed himself with a battle axe when Desi Arnaz Jr pushed him down the stairs, it was later revealed that Christopher was faking his death.
  • Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987) [Kato]: Stabbed in the heart by Nicholas Pickard.
  • The Resident (2011) [August]: Stabbed in the throat with a syringe then injected with an overdose by his grandson (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they're struggling on a bed. His body is later seen when his grandson checks for a heartbeat.

TV Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • Wiliam Tell: Manhunt (1959) [Prince Erik]: Killed by a crossbow bolt fired by Conrad Phillips
  • The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: The Sign of Satan (1964) [Karl Jorla]: Killed off-screen by cultists. He appears as a ghost afterward when he arrives at the movie set to film his last scene; the police later inform Gilbert Green that Christopher's body had been discovered, confirming that he had died before shooting that scene.
  • Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979 TV) [General Miguell]: Rapidly ages to death after getting covered in his aging chemical while trying to throw it at Reb Brown; he dies while attempting to choke Brown.
  • Once Upon a Spy (1980 TV) [Marcus Valorium]:
  • Detonator (Death Train) (1993 TV) [Gen. Konstantin Benin]: Shot several times in the chest by Alexandra Paul on the plane. He dies shortly after activating a nuclear weapon.
  • The Tomorrow People: The Rameses Connection Part 5 (1995) [Sam Rees]:
  • Moses (1995 TV mini-series) [Ramesses II]:
  • The Odyssey (1997 TV mini-series) [Tiresias]: Dies off-screen. He is seen as a spirit in the underworld speaking with Armand Assante about the way back to Athens will take him past a treacherous isle where the monsters Scylla and Charybdis live.
  • Gormenghast (2000 Tv mini-series) [Flay]: Stabbed in the chest when Jonathan Rhys-Meyers throws a knife at him.

Connections:[edit | edit source]

  • Step-cousin of Ian Fleming.

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