TCM To Honor Christopher Lee With All-Day Movie Marathon On June 22

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To honor the passing of film legend Christopher Lee¬†(1922-2015), Turner Classic Movies will¬†replace the previously scheduled programming on Monday, June 22nd and air an all-day marathon featuring some of Lee’s classic movies.

The new schedule for Monday, June 22 will be:

  • 6:15 AM The Mummy (1959)
  • 8:00 AM The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  • 9:30 AM Horror of Dracula (1958)
  • 11:00 AM Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)
  • 12:45 PM Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)
  • 2:30 PM Horror Express (1972)
  • 4:00 PM The Three Musketeers (1972)
  • 6:00 PM The Four Musketeers (1975)

Self-described with typical good humor as “tall, dark and gruesome,” Christopher Lee was a remarkably prolific leading man and character actor whose six decades-long film career made him among the world’s most popular and recognizable performers. He languished in bit roles for almost a decade before achieving instant fame as an elegant and sexually charged Count Dracula in “Horror of Dracula” (1958) for England’s legendary Hammer Studios. Its success led to almost two decades of fright fare, during which he brought elegance and devilish charm to some of the most memorable figures in horror, including the Frankenstein Monster, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Fu Manchu. In the 1970s, he grew weary of the typecasting and successfully distanced himself from the genre with roles in Richard Lester’s “Three Musketeers” (1973), “Airport ’77” (1977), “1941” (1979) and even a deftly comic appearance on “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 1975- ). He remained exceptionally active into the 1980s and 1990s in American and international productions and television, and enjoyed a spectacular third act with significant parts in Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” (1998), Episodes II and III of the “Star Wars” saga, and Peter Jackson’s epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy (2001-03). An icon to several generations of fans and filmmakers, Lee’s acting career showed no signs of slowing in the slightest, even as he neared his ninth decade.

(Biography courtesy of TCMDb)

Source: TCM

 

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