- His father was a stage actor, and the two first appeared together in a sketch at the Oxford Music Hall in London in 1914.
- Served with the Royal Sussex Regiment during World War II until he was discharged in 1946.
- Passed away before filming his scenes as M in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only; out of respect, his character was written out of the picture instead of being recast.
- Grandfather of actor Jonny Lee Miller.
- Nellie Smith — Mother
- Edmund James Lee — Father
- Gladys Merredew — Wife (deceased)
- Ann Lee — Daughter
- Ursula Lee — Wife
- Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England