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George Lucas pays tribute to 'real gentleman' Lee

Star Wars creator George Lucas has paid tribute to the late Sir Christopher Lee, calling him a "great actor" and a "real gentleman".

George Lucas (rights) said Christopher Lee was a 'real gentleman' Credit: PA

Lee played the villainous Count Dooku in two of the Star Wars saga's prequels, and impressively acted out almost all of his own sword fight scenes.

Christopher was a great British actor of the old school. A true link to cinema's past and a real gentleman. We will miss him.

– George Lucas

Tim Burton's tribute to 'true legend' Christopher Lee

Director Tim Burton has paid tribute to the "true legend" that is late actor Christopher Lee, who has died at the age of 93.

Christopher Lee with Tim Burton, after Lee was awarded the Fellowship at the 2011 BAFTAs Credit: Reuters

Burton, who worked with Lee on five films including Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, said the actor had been an "enormous inspiration".

Christopher has been an enormous inspiration to me my entire life. I had the honour and pleasure to work with him on five films.

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.

– Tim Burton
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