William Wendell Evans, or Willi for fun, enjoys two things in life: Video Games, Metal Music, and Writing. He's an English major, so math isn't his strong suit.
The world mourns the loss of one of its greatest actors today. Sir Christopher Lee passed away in a London hospital this past Sunday, June 7th, due to respiratory and heart conditions. His family is now releasing this information today in order to have privacy in the immediate days after.
He is most remembered for his works in movies playing Dracula for nearly 20 years, as well as other iconic fantasy villains such as Count Dooku in Star Wars, and Saruman the White in The Lord of the Rings. Acting was his passion, but he pursued various outlets in music as well. He has three metal albums released, as well as three EPs under his own name. In 2010 he received the “Spirit of Metal” award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards Ceremony for his album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. He also lent his voice to the band Rhapsody of Fire on various albums.
Not only did Lee portray his film characters on the silver screen, but voiced the likes of Saruman and Count Dooku in numerous video games as well. He was never shy about lending the aid of his resonating bass voice to the video game adaptations of the franchises, having voiced his characters in most of the games they appeared in.
His most recent work in video games was his narration of the entirety of LEGO the Hobbit: The Video Game, as well as voicing Saruman, in the playful parody. Lee’s Saruman also appears in other LotR games including both Battle for Middle-Earth and its sequel, and The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age.
Though eclipsed by his blockbuster roles, he also lent his voice to other games: he was Ansem the Wise in Kingdom Hearts II, as well as reprising his role from The Man With the Golden Gun, Francisco Scaramanga, in the video game Goldeneye: Rogue Agent. Other games include Conquest: Frontier Wars, Freelancer, The Rocky Interactive Horror Show, and Everquest II.
Sir Christopher Lee, we would like to thank you for nearly 70 years of phenomenal acting–and almost 10 years of symphonic metal music. You have left behind a legacy that will be nigh impossible to match, nor will it be soon forgotten, continuing to impact countless lives to come.
Be it classic horror fans, metal heads, or fantasy buffs, the world over will miss your talent and charisma. Now you begin your journey into the West, and someday we will all join you. I hope that whatever comes next, you continue to pursue the things you love.