Christopher Lee, whose acting roles have terrified generations of film-goers, is knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
The veteran star is known for his blood-curdling performances opposite Peter Cushing in the Hammer Horror movies.
He is one of the most prolific actors ever, appearing in more than 250 film and television productions.
At the age of 87 he is still working hard, and his representative said he was unavailable for comment on the honour as he was filming in New Mexico.
"To be a legend, you've either got to be dead or excessively old!" Lee once joked.
The actor has previously been named the most marketable star in the world in a USA Today poll. He found fame in his first Hammer Horror film, playing the brutish monster in the Curse of Frankenstein. Movies such as Dracula, The Mummy and The Hound of the Baskervilles followed, all co-starring Cushing.
In 2001 Lee collected his CBE from Buckingham Palace for services to drama.
His prolific career has seen him earn several Guinness World Records, including Most Connected Actor Living; Most Films with a Swordfight by an actor and Tallest Actor in a Leading Role (Lee is a lofty 6ft 5ins).
He was given the tallest actor title alongside Vince Vaughn and the swordfight crown after having duelled in 17 films with foils, swords, light sabres - and billiard cues.
Hollywood star Alan Cumming has also been honoured. Scottish-born Cumming, 44, receives an OBE in the Diplomatic List for services to film, theatre and the arts and for his work as a gay rights campaigner.