Christopher Lee Fast FactsBy CNN LibraryUpdated 4:31 PM ET, Mon May 26, 2014Here's an in-depth look at British actor Christopher Lee's life.Personal:Birth date: May 27, 1922Birthplace: London, EnglandBirth name: Christopher Frank Carandini Lee Father: Geoffrey Lee, a professional soldierMother: Contessa Estelle Marie Carandini di SarzanoMarriage: Birgit "Gitte" Kroencke Lee (March 17, 1961 - present)Children: Christina Ericka, November 23, 1963Military Service: Royal Air Force and Special Forces, 1941-1946, Flight LieutenantOther Facts:Speaks four languages: French, Italian, Spanish, and German.Worked with British Intelligence in World War II.Only member of the cast of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy who met author J.R.R. Tolkien.Is a distant relative, by mother's second marriage, to Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond.Timeline:1939-1941 - Works as an office clerk until joining the RAF during World War II.1947 - Joins the Rank Organization acting school, often called "The Charm School," a British program that groomed new acting talent.1948 - First movie "Corridor of Mirrors" is released.1957 - Begins working with Hammer Film Productions, the start of his horror film career. "The Curse of Frankenstein" is released that same year.1958 - "Horror of Dracula" is released, the first time Lee portrays Count Dracula.1965 - The first of Dr. Fu Manchu movies, "The Face of Fu Manchu," is released. 1974 - Appears as James Bond's nemesis in "The Man with the Golden Gun". 1977 - His autobiography, "Tall, Dark and Gruesome," is published.2001 - In recognition of his contributions to film, he receives the Commander of the Order of the British Empire award.2002 - Stars in two of the year's top grossing movies, "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."2003 - His autobiography is re-released with a new title, "Lord of Misrule: The Autobiography of Christopher Lee."2009 - Is made a Knight of the British Empire. February 2011 - Receives the Academy Fellowship, the highest honor, at the Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).2012 - Reprises his role as Saruman from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy in part one of "The Hobbit" trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."May 27, 2013 - Releases his "100 percent heavy metal" album, "Charlemagne: The Omens of Death", a follow-up to the more symphonic "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross from 2010.December 2013 - Releases a second heavy metal Christmas album, "A Heavy Metal Christmas Too," a follow-up to his 2012 "A Heavy Metal Christmas"More from europeGreek F-16 crashes in Spain during NATO exercise, killing 10Greece's anti-austerity Prime Minister sworn in Ukraine to ask Hague to investigate 'crimes against humanity'