British screen icon, singer, and evil wizard Christopher Lee, an actor whose portrayal of dignified but sinister villains was unmatched, has died at the age of 93.
Though he was out there swashbuckling Yodas less than a decade ago, Lee's health had recently been on the decline. He was reportedly hospitalized and had been undergoing treatment for respiratory problems, the toll of a long, full lifetime of belting out ominous laughter and, in more recent years, heavy metal vocals.
Lee first became an ominous acting force though the UK production company Hammer's many horror films of the 50s and 60s, which often found him playing Count Dracula. In the 70s, Lee would become known for other baddy roles like Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun and Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man--which he's said he considers the best film he made, as his version did not involve Nicolas Cage screaming about bees.
In more recent years, of course, Lee made a massive shift from cult films to some of the biggest blockbusters of all time, appearing as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings films and Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels.
If you've got a massive, pagan, human effigy, tonight is the night to ceremonially burn it.