9 Christopher Lee Quotes about 'Star Wars,' 'Lord of the Rings,' Acting, Business and Life

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- He was known best for playing villains on the silver screen, but Sir Christopher Lee had plenty to say about life in the film business in between shoots.

The British actor, famous for his roles as the vampire Dracula and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, died Sunday morning in London, the New York Times reported. He was 93.

Lee broke into the film industry in 1957, playing the role of Frankenstein in Terence Fisher's The Curse of Frankenstein. He went on to play the antagonist in many other movies, including Count Dooku in the Star Wars movies and the aforementioned evil wizard hellbent on destroying the heroes of Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings.

Worldwide, the films in which Lee appeared grossed more than $6.8 billion over the course of his lifetime, according to film business data website The Numbers.

Though known for his roles playing terrifying characters, Lee frequently insisted that those roles did not define his career or his personality. "I'm much softer than people think," he told British newspaper The Telegraph in 2011. "I don't present to the world an emotional face. I'm pretty good at self-control, but I am easily moved."

Here are nine other quotes attributed to Lee.

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