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CHRISTOPHER LEE (Cardinal D'Ambroise) is the legendary actor recently seen as Willy Wonka's dentist father in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and as memorable villains in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones as well as Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

Before his supporting roles in these blockbusters, Lee starred in the critically acclaimed independent picture Jinnah, in which it was a great challenge for him to play the founder of a nation in front of its people, and the epic BBC miniseries "Gormenghast.” He was also seen in Crimson Rivers II, with Jean Réno, and the Tim Burton hits Sleepy Hollow and Corpse Bride. In 2007, Lee provided the voice of Death in "The Color of Magic,” based on the Terry Pratchett novel, and appeared in The Golden Compass. The following year, he was seen in Stephen Poliakoff's Glorious 39. He will next be seen in The Resident, with Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

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 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, both The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, The Man with the Golden Gun, 1941, Airport '77 and Gremlins 2.

Lee considers the most important point in his career to have been his appearance as the host of "Saturday Night Live” in 1978, alongside John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman and Jane Curtin. It is still the long-running series' third-highest-rated show ever.

Lee has received awards for his contribution to the cinema from the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Great Britain. He is a Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, the world's oldest such order. In 2001, he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and in 2009 the Queen of England granted Lee his knighthood.

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