Actor Sir Christopher Lee Dies At 93!

<> on August 7, 2013 in Locarno, Switzerland.

The legendary British actor, Sir Christopher Lee, has passed away on June 7. Sir Christopher Lee (1922-2015) was known for his roles in many films including various Dracula films, Jinnah, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Return to Witch MountainStar Wars: Episode II, and Star Wars: Episode III. Arguably, his most famous role was that of Saruman in the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series.

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In terms of animation, he lent his voice to various characters including the CGI Jabberwocky in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland,

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Count Dooku in Star Wars: The Clone Wars,

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Pastor Galswells in Corpse Bride,

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and King Haggard in The Last Unicorn.

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He shall greatly be missed!

Animation Director Arthur Rankin, Jr. Dies At 89!

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Arthur Rankin Jr., an animation director/producer/writer most famous for his work done with partner Jules Bass, has passed away at the age of 89! Arthur Rankin, Jr. (1924-2014) founded the company now known as Rankin/Bass Productions with his partner, Jules Bass. They were most famous for their stop-motion holiday specials including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”, and “The Year Without a Santa Claus”. They also worked on animated feature films including “Mad Monster Party”, “The Hobbit”, and “The Last Unicorn”.

Arthur Rankin, Jr.’s death is a great loss indeed!