Typecast as: Crazed supervillain
Notable roles: The Star Wars prequels, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein
When it comes to big-screen baddies, no one is as adept at pulling the part off as Christopher Lee. For Lee, this trend started in the ‘50s when he was cast as Count Dracula and Frankenstein’s creature in the Hammer horror film series. Since then, he has become the king of the villain roles, playing foes such as Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels, Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun.
But being a villain just isn’t enough for Lee; over the years he has brought a regal touch to these roles complete with a cape (or robe) and supreme intelligence. He has put his stamp on the sophisticated bad guy part over the past five decades, and even at 90, Lee has managed to still bring the goods whenever he’s cast as yet another villain.