Notable quotes on the death of British actor Christopher Lee

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Posted: Jun 11, 2015 4:44 PM

LONDON (AP) — British actor Christopher Lee, who appeared in more than 250 films, including Dracula movies from the 1950s and 60 and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, has died at age 93. Here's a look at some of the tributes that poured in, mostly on Twitter, when news of his death was announced Thursday:

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"It's terrible when you lose an old friend, and Christopher Lee was one of my oldest. We first met in 1948. Our thoughts are for Lady Lee, Christina and Juan." — Actor Roger Moore

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"Christopher has been an enormous inspiration to me my entire life. He was the last of his kind — a true legend — who I'm fortunate to have called a friend. He will continue to inspire me and I'm sure countless others for generations to come." — Director Tim Burton, who worked with Lee on five films including "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory"

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"An extraordinary man and life lead, Sir Christopher Lee. You were an icon, and a towering human being with stories for days. We'll miss you." — Actor Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in "Lord of the Rings"

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"I think of him every day, and I always will. We both wished that we'd been able to work together more, but it was a joy to make 'Hugo' together. ... He was a great actor, a wonderful friend, a real professional, and I'm really going to miss him." — Director Martin Scorsese.

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"Sir Christopher Lee ... was a distinctive and enduring presence in British and international cinema for almost 70 years. He leaves behind an unforgettable legacy of film and television performance. He had a unique ability to appeal to each successive generation, gaining a new wave of fans as Saruman in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and in Tim Burton's films. British Cinema pays tribute to this global legend." — Amanda Nevill, chief of the British Film Institute

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"Saddened to hear of Sir Christopher Lee's death, a titan of Golden Age of Cinema and distinguished WWII veteran who'll be greatly missed." — British Prime Minister David Cameron

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"I am deeply saddened by the death of Sir Christopher Lee, a truly talented and versatile actor. His biography, and therefore his legacy, is one that many in the film industry can only dream of. He appeared in over 200 films, including some of the most iconic of our times." — Amanda Berry, chief executive of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which honored Lee with a fellowship in 2011

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"Really sad to hear about the death of Christopher Lee, one of the greatest British actors and a master of the macabre" — London Mayor Boris Johnson

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"We are very sad to hear Sir Christopher Lee, who played one of Bond's greatest villains, has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family." — the official James Bond twitter account

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"There was a kind heart behind the on-screen villain, and it was a privilege to work with him on our campaign to end cruel heart-disease experiments on animals and encourage everyone to support charities that don't hurt and kill animals. He will be missed by all of us." — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals