As one of the most revered actors in the field, Christopher Lee has been acclaimed in Hollywood and all over the world for his talent, charisma and extensive career.
From blockbuster movies to a celebrated best-selling book, Christopher has inspired the adulation from fans around the world.
However, it is more than his flair on and off the stage that has garnered him the interest of many.
Christopher Lee, till his death in 2015, fascinated the crowds for decades with his sophisticated, understated yet elegant style, the most notorious part of which may be his sharp, white beard.
Early Life, Career and Notable Appearances
Christopher Lee was born in 1922 in Belgravia, the chic London neighborhood. This Englishman was the son of a Lieutenant Colonel named Geoffrey Trollope Lee and the Countess Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano.
In his early childhood, Lee began taking part in his school plays in prestigious institutions such as the Summer Fields School in Oxford, which was set up to prepare students to attend Eton.
To gain a place at this revered school, Lee attempted to become a King’s Scholar. However, he missed the required grades by a notch due to dreadful mathematical skills, as he would often joke.
Instead, he went on to attend Wellington College, where he focused more on academics and less on theater.
After that, Lee traveled to the French Riviera, during a tumultuous period where he witnessed the last French execution by guillotine in history, and later took on a job as an office clerk for United States Lines during the Second World War.
Lee’s ambition to become an actor was delayed because the famous agent Josef Somlo claimed that he was far too tall to be an actor. However, he persisted in his search for small roles.
Eventually, he made a cinema debut was in Terrence Young’s Corridor of Mirrors in 1947.
During the ensuing decade, Lee went from one supporting role to another, deeming the time of scarce acting opportunities a period of much-needed apprenticeship.
His breakthrough role was that of Frankenstein’s monster in The Curse of Frankenstein.
This then led to his notorious casting as Count Dracula, the Transylvanian vampire in the movie Dracula (which was renamed The Horror of Dracula in the USA).
The movie received extensive critical acclaim and was deemed among the best British films of all time.
Lee deemed this a rather sour experience, claiming he was literally blackmailed into taking the part in the movie, and that he was severely underpaid for his work.
He went on to play the vampire 10 times, which, while well-received by the public, he considered involving several poorly-scripted appearances.
Due to his deep, charismatic voice and effortless presence, Lee was later cast to play both Sherlock Holmes himself and his smarter, more aristocratic brother Mycroft a couple of years later.
His most modern success was the role of Saruman in the huge, international blockbuster trilogy Lord of The Rings.
Though Lee had considered it a lifelong dream to play Gandalf the Grey himself, he also admitted to no longer, because of his age, he would be physically capable of handling the long, tedious horseback rides required for the role.
The role of Saruman resuscitated Christopher Lee’s career, and he was then cast as the supervillain Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode 2 and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
He also played in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and in 2007’s classic Sweeney Todd.
Christopher Lee’s last years saw this British horror legend borrowing his iconic voice in a multitude of movies and documentaries, the most notorious of which was Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics, released in 2013.
Christopher Lee’s Beard Style
During most of his modern career, Christopher Lee sported an elegant gray beard of short to medium length.
His beard was always full, thick and even, which created an effect of flair and sophistication.
Christopher Lee’s beard, which involved a sharply trimmed mustache and long sideburns that spread evenly from his hairline to the bottom of his face, is ideal to many in its simplicity and good taste.
While this beard style is particularly popular among older men, it has proved to be appealing to younger men too.
Younger guys who would like to try to wear Lee’s beard style may find that they need to dye their beard to achieve its sophisticated, shimmery white color.
Achieving and Maintaining Christopher Lee’s Beard
Foods high in protein and biotin (a chemical found in fish), accelerate beard growth.
Should you want to grow a full, medium length beard, you will want to incorporate nuts, fish and green vegetables in your diet.
You should also get plenty of sleep every day. Once you achieve your preferred beard length, you will need to trim it into Christopher Lee’s timeless style.
However, if you want to achieve Lee’s silvery strands, trimming and other shape adjustments, you will have to wait till after the dying process.
While it is advised to go for a semi-permanent facial hair dye, which will come with a brush applicator, you need to be conscious as it requires frequent re-dying.
The lighter the shade of silver you wish to go, the more frequently it will need to be re-applied. A semi-permanent dye can be re-applied as soon as the next day, as long as you encounter no unpleasant skin reaction.
To trim your full beard, you will need to comb it thoroughly and shorten the longest strands.
You are advised to start at the top of your beard, and slowly work your way down, until you hear the blades of your beard trimmer make a cutting noise.
Be sure not to remove too much hair, as you can later adjust it to your liking using small beard scissors.
Though Christopher Lee’s achievements have been renowned in the world of cinema, his beard remains one of the most iconic parts of his screen presence.
To achieve Christopher Lee’s beard, remember to be thorough in your grooming, patient in your growing, and constant in your upkeep!