Bela Lugosi

Hungarian Actor
Born Oct 20, 1882

Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, better known as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian actor, who is best known for playing the character "Dracula" in the 1931 film and for his roles in various other horror films. He had been playing small parts on the stage in his native Hungary before making his first film in 1917, but had to leave the country after the failed Hungarian Revolution, and arrived in America as a seaman on a merchant ship.… Read More

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1882 Birth Born on October 20, 1882.


1901 18 Years Old He began his acting career probably in 1901 or 1902.


1903 20 Years Old 1 More Event
His earliest known performances are from provincial theatres in the 1903–04 season, playing small roles in several plays and operettas. … Read More
1911 28 Years Old Moving to Budapest in 1911, he played dozens of roles with the National Theatre of Hungary between 1913–19. … Read More


1914 31 Years Old During World War I, he served as an infantryman in the Austro-Hungarian Army from 1914-16.
1917 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Lugosi made 12 films in Hungary between 1917 and 1918 before leaving for Germany. … Read More
1920 37 Years Old Lugosi left Germany in October 1920, intending to emigrate to the United States, and entered the country at New Orleans in December 1920.
1921 38 Years Old He made his way to New York and was legally inspected for immigration at Ellis Island in March 1921. … Read More
1922 39 Years Old Lugosi acted in several Hungarian plays before breaking out into his first English Broadway play, The Red Poppy, in 1922. … Read More


1923 - 1927 2 More Events
1928 45 Years Old In 1928, Lugosi decided to stay in California when the play ended its West Coast run.
His performance piqued the interest of Fox Studios; In 1929, he appeared in the studio's silent film, The Veiled Woman. … Read More
1930 47 Years Old Despite his critically acclaimed performance on stage, Lugosi was not Universal Pictures’ first choice for the role of Dracula when the company optioned the rights to the Deane play and began production in 1930. … Read More


1933 50 Years Old In 1933, he married 19-year-old Lillian Arch, the daughter of Hungarian immigrants. … Read More
1936 53 Years Old …  Universal changed management in 1936, and because of a British ban on horror films, dropped them from their production schedule; Lugosi found himself consigned to Universal's non-horror B-film unit, at times in small roles where he was obviously used for "name value" only. … Read More
1938 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Lugosi tried to keep busy with stage work, but had to borrow money from the Actors' Fund to pay hospital bills when his only child, Bela George Lugosi, was born in 1938.


1947 64 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The growth of his dependence on pain-killers, particularly morphine and, after 1947 when it became available in America, methadone, was directly proportional to the dwindling of screen offers. … Read More
1949 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 1949 Milton Berle invited Lugosi to appear in a sketch on Texaco Star Theater. … Read More
1951 68 Years Old In 1951, while in England to play a six-month tour of Dracula, he co-starred in a lowbrow movie comedy, Mother Riley Meets the Vampire (also known as Vampire over London and My Son, the Vampire). … Read More
1953 70 Years Old Lillian and Béla divorced in 1953, at least partially because of Béla's jealousy over Lillian taking a full-time job as an assistant to Brian Donlevy on the sets and studios for Donlevy's radio and television series Dangerous Assignment – Lillian eventually did marry Brian Donlevy, in 1966.
During an impromptu interview upon his exit from the treatment center in 1955, Lugosi stated that he was about to go to work on a new Ed Wood film, The Ghoul Goes West. … Read More
1956 74 Years Old Not only did Lugosi have a heart attack but he also had pneumonia. Lugosi died of cancer on August 16, 1956, while lying on a couch in his Los Angeles home. … Read More
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