What could be better than sharing a birthday with a dear friend? How about if you happen to be horror legends? What if you’re three of the biggest names in horror that ever lived? If the title hasn’t given it away by now, today we celebrate the birthdays of Sir Christopher Lee, Vincent Price and yesterday? Peter Cushing.
Vincent Price was born on May 27th, 1911 in St. Louis, MO. Christopher Lee was born on May 27th, 1922 in Belgravia, London, United Kingdom. And, oddly enough, Peter Cushing was born on May 26th 1923 in Kenley, Surrey, United Kingdom. The classic trifecta of horror, if you will.
All from varying backgrounds and areas of the world, this trio starred in two films – House of the Long Shadows and Scream and Scream Again. Lee and Cushing appeared in 24 films together and Lee and Price appeared in three films together. The unholy trifecta were the best of friends and we are lucky enough to still have one of them left with us today – Christopher Lee, still going strong at 92 years old.
Speaking of Lee, his accomplishments go far beyond genre work. Metal Knight, a horror rock mini album, is set to be released soon. The legend has been quoted as saying, “I associate heavy metal with fantasy because of the tremendous power that the music delivers.” In recent years he has starred in films such as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and he lends his voice to such projects as Alice in Wonderland and The Color of Magic. And, if all that wasn’t enough, Christopher Lee was also a Nazi hunter. No, he didn’t play one in a film. He WAS a Nazi hunter. In 1940, Lee enlisted in the Royal Air Force where he specialized in cracking German ciphers and was part of Winston Churchill’s famed Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Yup. This guy is about so much more than vampires.
The world was forever changed by the likes of these three gentleman. They impacted each other lives, our lives and the filmmakers who create the movies we love. The time will come when the old legends are no more. Just for today, be happy you live in a world where some of them are still around.
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