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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Legendary actor CHRISTOPHER LEE (Dr. Wonka) most recently starred in The Lord of the Rings trilogy from New Line Cinema, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith from Lucas Films. Prior to his roles in these blockbusters, Lee starred in the critically acclaimed independent picture Jinnah, which he considers the most important movie of his career, and the epic BBC miniseries Gormenghast. He was also recently seen in Crimson Rivers II with Jean Reno, as well as Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow. Up next, he will appear in yet another Tim Burton production, Corpse Bride. 

Lee was educated at Summer Fields preparatory school and took a scholarship at Eton College and Wellington College, where he was a classical scholar in Greek and Latin. After leaving school he worked as an office boy and messenger in London at the salary of one pound a week, and during five years of World War II he served in the Royal Air Force and Special Forces. He was decorated for distinguished service and held the rank of Flight Lieutenant. 

After demobilization in 1946, he entered the film industry in 1947 and was, for a time, under contract to the Rank Organization. He has appeared in the theatre and in operatic performances and has recorded for radio worldwide. He also sang in The Return of Captain Invincible and recorded "The King of Elfland's Daughter” for Chrysalis; Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale” for Nimbus; "Peter and the Wolf,” also for Nimbus, conducted by Yehudi Menuhin; The King and I, Christopher Lee sings "Devils, Rogues and Other Villains, from Broadway to Bayreuth” and many others. Most recently, he recorded an album with the world famous metal band Rhapsody, and recorded the single "The Magic of the Wizards Dream,” which entered the music charts, making him a top recording singer.

The directors for whom Lee has worked include John Huston, Raoul Walsh, Joseph Losey, George Marshall, Orson Welles, Nicholas Ray, Michael Powell, Edward Molinaro, Jerome Savary, Billy Wilder, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, Peter Jackson, Tim Burton, John Landis, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Andrei Konchalovsky. He has filmed in Russian, French, Italian, German and Spanish, and has worked in numerous countries all over the world.

Lee has appeared in more than 250 film and television productions, amongst which the best known are A Tale of Two Cities, Dracula, The Mummy, The Wicker Man, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Three and the Four Musketeers, The Man with the Golden Gun (of which the author was his cousin Ian Fleming), 1941, Airport ‘77 and Gremlins II. He considers the most important point in his career to have been as host of Saturday Night Live in 1978 with John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman and Jane Curtin. It is still the third highest rated show of the series. 

Lee has three claims to fame as an actor: he is the only actor who has portrayed Sherlock Holmes and his brother Mycroft; he executed King Charles the First of England and King Louis the Sixteenth of France; and he holds the world record for more sword fights on camera than any other actor in history. He also did all of his own stunts and is an honorary member of three Stuntmen's Unions. 

At college he was in the top ranking at squash, racquets and fencing, and was equally at home at cricket, rugby, football and hockey. He speaks French, Italian, Spanish and German and can "get along” in Swedish, Russian and Greek. His hobbies are travel, opera and golf. His handicap, once scratch, is now eight and he is now the only actor who has been made a member of the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the oldest golf club in the world founded in 1744. He has had the great fortune to have played most of the world's famous courses and is profoundly grateful to have played with virtually all the great golfers

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