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Five things you prob­a­bly didn’t know about Christo­pher Lee

1 As a young boy, Lee was hauled out of bed to meet two of rasputin’s as­sas­sins: Prince Yusupov and Grand Duke Pavlovich. Decades later, he played the Tsar’s ad­viser for Ham­mer.

2 Lee at­tended the same prep school as Avengers star Pa­trick Mac­nee. The pair trod the boards to­gether in Henry V and Richard III.

3 Lee lost his vir­gin­ity at the age of 25, at the Savoy. “I was amazed by the amount of energy pro­duced… more than once I fell off the bed.”

4 Lee once lived next door to fel­low hor­ror icon Boris Karloff. He joked that when they left their houses si­mul­ta­ne­ously, “peo­ple ex­pected to see body- bags dumped on the pave­ment”.

5 Two parts which Lee turned down were Les­lie Nielsen’s role in Air­plane!, and Dr Loomis in Hal­loween.

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