As I was reading a few Facebook posts while waking up, I chanced upon a friend’s post to the sad news that we have lost yet another endearing popular culture icon: Christopher Lee. He passed away on Sunday, June 7, but the announcement was just released today. My mood has been somber, like so many, and the outpouring of shared posts and comments regarding Lee, has not been dissimilar to the feelings of lost we felt not long ago with the passing of Leonard Nimoy.
It was just about two weeks ago when I featured Lee on Day 147 (Wednesday, May 27) in celebration of his birthday back in 1922. While I was researching for my post, I was amazed at the breath of his life experiences – he was a modern day renaissance man.
I wish I could say that I have seen the majority of his films over the years, but his credits are numerous. I can say that I have seen the film that he was most proud of: The Wicker Man (1973) in which he played Lord Summerisle. Lee gave an outstanding performance, along with Edward Woodward as Sergeant Howie. I have watched it a number of times and listened to the commentary a few times, and I recommend both highly. This film makes the most lasting impression on me, above the others I have seen.
I wish his family heartfelt condolences as I dedicate today’s post to Lee. I leave you with a scene from The Wicker Man, spotlighting Lee and Woodward:
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