If there was ever an actor that meant a lot to me it was him. I started watching his Dracula movies when I was 6. Considering they were rated R18 you'd think I'd have been terrified. But I absolutely loved them and would watch them repeatedly. I followed his movies as I grew up which was very hard to do in the 80s and 90s. Once the internet was fully fleshed out I got a chance to track down all the movies I'd missed or not known about. Even getting my hands on his autobiography and the huge hardcover books from the Hammer horror films which had plenty of pictures of him from his days filming dracula and even quotes from him.
While I was lucky enough to get a personally signed book from him with my name written too, I never got to meet him in person. Absolutely kills me I never managed this. I'll forever be envious of all the people who got to speak to him and even call him their friend. Would have loved so much to be able to sit there and listen to him speak and tell stories and everything. The world has lost a titan of cinema. One of the last of the old school actors. He reached the amazing age of 93. He is the reason I love horror so much. It's strange getting emotional over someone I've never met. But hes an exception to the rule for me. There will be no more movies. No more songs. No more personal video recordings from him on youtube. It's a dark day. Forever a legend.