With all this talk of vampires and Dracula lately, I thought this seemed timely. It seems the count is about to become a knight. Yes, you read that right. Christopher Lee, who starred as Count Dracula in the Hammer movies in the 1960s, is to be knighted:
Dracula actor Christopher Lee and British golfer Nick Faldo will receive knighthoods in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List — and a 93-year-old station master gets a nod too.The 87-year-old Lee, famed for his role as the blood-sucking Count in the Hammer horror movie classics, has found popularity with more modern audiences by starring in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars” trilogies.
A quick perusal of his credits at imdb.com yielded these roles:
Dracula (1958) Title role (Dracula)
Crypt of the Vampire (aka Terror in the Crypt) (1964) as Count Ludwig Karnstein
Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) as Dracula
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) as Count Dracula
a German version: “Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht” ( 1970) as Count Dracula
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
One More Time (1970) (uncredited as Dracula)
Scars of Dracula (1970) as Count Dracula
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) as Count Dracula
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) as Count Dracula
Dracula père et fils (Dracula and Son) (1976)
These were the ones I could quickly id as vampire roles. Yikes, you’d think he’d be heartily sick of vampires after all that. The Karnstein role appears to have been loosely based on Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. He also played the Devil at least three times.
And he just had his birthday on May 27. Happy Birthday and congratulations to Sir Christopher!