Actor Christopher Lee (b.1922) died on June 7. Lee portrayed numerous iconic genre roles beginning with Count Dracula, but also Saruman, Count Dooku, Flay, DEATH, Scaramanga, Rochefort, and many more. Lee won several Lifetime Achievement Awards including the Saturns, Empire, SFX, and Bram Stoker.
Actor Christopher Lee, best known for his portrayal of Count Dracula, who also portrayed Saruman and Count Dooku, has been named a Knight of the British Empire. Lee was honored for his lengthy service to drama and charity. his roles also includes genre roles as Death in The Colour of Magic, Dr. Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Flay in Gormenghast among genre roles too numerous to count.
Other actors with ties to the genre who appeared on the honors list include Alan Cumming, who appeared in X2 as Nightcrawler and is currently filming Riverworld for SciFi, and Jonathan Pryce, who starred in Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.