Johnny Depp has paid a touching tribute to the late actor Christopher Lee, who died on June 7, saying that the screen legend was the "last of his kind".

Depp starred in five films with Lee, starting with 1999's Sleepy Hollow. He described his former co-star as a "wonderful man".

In a 2011 interview. Lee was asked where all the stars of cinema had gone. He responded that only Leonardo DiCaprio and his "good friend" Johnny Depp were deserving of the "star" billing.

Depp's tribute to Lee reads, in full:

"Sir Christopher Lee, a wonderful man.A profoundly kind, generous, warm and fascinating man. The consummate gentleman. He was an inspiration in both life and art. In the time we spent together, I had the honour and good fortune of being welcomed into his illustrious proximity. His friendship is one that I will always hold close and dear to my heart.

"He was the last of his kind. A rare specimen. Hypnotic and commanding, as noble and gallant as he was wise. A brilliant mind with a beautiful heart whose strength of spirit will, in turn, live on in the hearts and minds of many, many generations to come.

"My eternal respect, love, admiration and thanks to my cherished friend, his family and his dearly beloved Gitte, the woman he worshipped."