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Emmys Obit Segment Neglects ‘Batman’ Star Yvonne Craig, Christopher Lee and ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper

20 September 2015 8:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

As the In Memoriam segment at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards proved, the last 12 months have been a death-filled year. So much so, in fact, that a number of notable deaths were omitted from the segment. Among those missing from the list: Yvonne Craig, whose television roles included Batgirl on the 1960s series “Batman” and died in August at age 78, pro-wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who died at 61 in July. Another prominent omission: Acting legend Christopher Lee who, while primarily known as a film actor, had dozness of television credits to his name, including “How the West Was Won,” »

- Tim Kenneally

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Christopher Lee, Actor Who Made Dracula Count Again, Dies at 93

11 June 2015 5:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christopher Lee, the second most famous Dracula of the 20th century — an impressive feat — and a memorably irrepressible villain in James Bond film “The Man With the Golden Gun,” in the Star Wars films and in “The Lord of the Rings” pics, has died. He was 93.

Lee appeared in 10 films as Count Dracula (nine if his uncredited role in the comedy “One More Time” is excluded).

His first role for famed British horror factory Hammer Films was not the Transylvanian vampire, however, but Frankenstein’s Monster in 1957’s “The Curse of Frankenstein.” His close friend Peter Cushing, with whom he would co-star in horror films frequently, starred as the Baron.

Lee made his first appearance as the sharp-toothed Count in 1958’s “Horror of Dracula.”

For reasons not quite certain, he skipped the 1960 sequel “Brides of Dracula,” but he returned to the role for 1965’s “Dracula: Prince of Darkness” — a movie »

- Carmel Dagan

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