Skip to comments.Actors Who Served: Christopher Lee
Posted on 09/08/2012 9:20:43 AM PDT by Bratch
Christopher Lee is known for playing villains in movies like "The Lord of the Rings," "Revenge of the Sith" and "The Wicker Man."
Before he was the villain, he was a real-life hero with the Royal Air Force during World War II.
Sir Christopher Frank Caradini Lee, CBE, CStJ was born on May 27, 1922. His mother was a well-known Edwardian beauty and his father, Geoffrey Trollope Lee, was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the 60th Kings Royal Rifle Corps.
Lee volunteered in 1939 to fight for the Finnish forces during the Winter War against the Soviet Union. He was, however, issued winter gear and was posted on guard duty but was kept at a safe distance from the Russians.
According to Lees autobiography, he and his fellow Brits were only in Finland for two weeks and never saw the Russian forces. In 1941, Lee enlisted with the Royal Air Force to serve in World War II. After eye problems forced Lee to drop out of training in South Africa, he ended up in North Africa as a Cipher Officer. He spent the remainder of the war working in intelligence, including his work as an Intelligence Officer with the Long Range Desert Group.
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Don’t forget he was “The Man With The Golden Gun” who battled James Bond, too.
Neat story about his serving in Finland against the Soviets.
Anti-Soviet and anti-Nazi. Definitely both pluses.
When setting up the scene for Saurman’s Death by being stabbed in the back by Wormtounge, the Peter Jackson tried to tell him what noises to make when he got stabbed.
Lee told him that he new quite well what sounds a man makes when he gets stabbed in the back. No one questioned him beyond that.
This thread or the article isn’t about Jimmy Stewart.
It’s about a GREAT living actor, Christopher Lee.
A living legend.
Try reading the article before posting next time.
No, he’s alive. The other night, we saw him in an early 60s episode of “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”, so I got curious and looked up his Wikipedia page. He is a conservative, he’s 90 years old, and he sings and records HEAVY METAL albums, LOL! Wow.
I cited one
I have a book about Sherlock Holmes, sort of a Sherlock Encyclopedia.
I noticed Christopher Lee had written a nice introduction, he clearly knew a lot about Sherlock.
Big Hollywood runs occasional articles about performers who served in the military.
I’m almost sure they’ve featured General Stewart already; today’s profile is about Sir Christopher.
Lee did a great job as Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskerville remake.
So he was with the Nazi’s before he was against them? He sounds confused.
It was his frequent movie partner, Peter Cushing, that portrayed the famous sleuth.
He fought the Sovs with the Finns when the Sovs and Nazis were allied.
Good to know about Christopher Lee’s war record & that he is still with us.
IMO he was the best of the Draculas. An interviewer asked him about his Dracula teeth & Lee opened his mouth; his natural teeth were long as piano keys & makeup only had to add the long canines.
“The Wicker Man” was chilling. I have it on DVD. I think I will watch it again today, before Denny Hamlin wins Richmond!
After Finland had refused to grant the Soviets a naval base and other concessions in the fall of 1939, Soviet troops totaling about one million men attacked Finland on several fronts. The heavily outnumbered Finns put up a skillful and effective defense that winter, and the Red Army made little progress.
they got stomped badly..the Army was still suffering from the Stalinist Purges of the 1930s..THE GREAT TERROR.
In February 1940, however, the Soviets used massive artillery bombardments to breach the Mannerheim Line (the Finns southern defensive barrier stretching across the Karelian Isthmus), after which they streamed northward across the isthmus to the Finnish city of Viipuri (Vyborg).
Unable to secure help from Britain and France, the exhausted Finns made peace on Soviet terms on March 12, 1940, agreeing to the cession of western Karelia and to the construction of a Soviet naval base on the Hanko Peninsula.
Thank you for the link.
He was great in Space 1999.
Knowing that Lee served in WWII, Dourif said that he did not ask him how he knew this first hand.
A trick question is how many movies has Sir Christopher Lee been killed or died in? One can only guess, because as of right now, he has no fewer than *four* movies in post-production.
I don’t even have a rough estimate.
Good post yarddog, good post.
Lee flew for a while in training. During the casting of the movie,”The Battle of Britain” Lee auditioned and was told he was “too tall” to look like. Fighter pilot.
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