Rest in Peace, Christopher Lee.
Sir Christopher Lee passed away on June 7 from respiratory problems and heart failure. He was possibly one of the most interesting human beings in pop culture. Did you know:
*When he was a child, he met the real life assassins of Rasputin. He would later play Rasputin in film.
*He was a huge heavy metal fan and released several heavy metal albums, on which he sang in his operatic bass -- even into his eighties.
*During WWII, he was an intelligence officer (i.e. spy!) in the Royal Air Force.
*Climbed Mt. Vesuvius in Naples. It erupted three days later.
*Hunted Nazi war criminals after WWII, caught them, and then interrogated them.
*Was an eye-witness of the Nazi concentration camps when the atrocities were discovered.
*Served in Special Forces for Britain, which would have included "covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action and human intelligence gathering."
*Made it a tradition to read J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" every year, and he became a LOTR expert and informal consultant for the LOTR films.