photo of Lee from 2004.

Christopher Lee, best known for playing Count Dracula and for his role as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings franchise, has died in London. He was 93. The actor died on Sunday morning at a central London hospital, according to multiple reports on Thursday. Lee played roles as diverse as Count Dooku in the Star Wars franchise to Dr. Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and had a TV and film career that stretched back to the 1940s. —‘Lord of the Rings’ actor Christopher Lee dies at 93