Sir Christopher Lee (who was knighted in 2010) died of natural causes in 2015. He lived a long and full life and died aged 94.
He is best known for his numerous portrayals of a bad, scary guy in films spanning 70 years. He played Dracula in the hit Hammer Horror series in the UK in the 1950s, Scaramanga in the James Bond Movie Goldfinger, Saruman in the Lord Of The Rings Movies and the evil Count Dooku in the Star Wars trilogy.
Standing 6″4 and with a deep baritone voice, he was perfect for these roles and carried a gravitas that few actors could match. He will be sorely missed, despite his celebrity status few people knew about his death.