Bela Lugosi
Hungarian actor
Bela Lugosi
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.
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The Prowler: Fright Night, a Blood-Sucking Good Time - my.hsj.org
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Jerry the vampire (right) bears an uncanny resemblance to Bela Lugosi's Dracula (left), probably the most iconic vampire ever. - Nick Giardina Fright Night, which came out last Friday, combats the stereotype that in order for a modern vampire movie to
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Weekend Guide - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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Sun. screenings), "Black Kerchief," "Bela Lugosi Serial: The Phantom Creeps, Part 9," "The Brain That Wouldn't Die." See www.thehollywooddormont.org for times and details. IT'S WOMEN'S, WOMEN'S, WOMEN'S, WOMEN'S WORK (1941-75) The Andy Warhol Museum,
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Campbell Jewelry Designer Bela Koi Loves to Create, Make Others Smile - Patch.com
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Like Bela Lugosi, it used to be a popular name. It means "within." As for the "Koi" part, I am obsessed with anything Japanese. My husband is ¼ Japanese and I love koi fish. My friend and I were talking about opening up a store that was fashion-based
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Into the Woods: Taking a last look at summer camp - Baltimore Sun
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Bela Lugosi's stand-in tussle with a rubber octopus in "Bride of the Monster"! HEAR! The incredible dialogue of master scenarist Ed Wood Jr. in a long-lost series of heavy-breathing, soft-core features affectionately dubbed the "good riddance"
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ART IN REVIEW; 'Take-Out'
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Andrew Edlin Gallery 134 10th Avenue, near 18th Street, Chelsea Through Saturday All those teenage vampires on the loose on television are having their way with new art, or at least the art in a summer group show that rides a goth groove. The senior figure, Lucky DeBellevue, assumes honorary goth status here. Ordinarily this master of overlooked
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SCENE CITY; Lots to Talk About
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GUILD HALL, the 80-year-old cultural pillar of East Hampton, usually stands above the fray in a town with its share of tabloid fodder. But last Friday night, during its summer gala, whiffs of scandal were in the air and on the gallery walls. Well, what else to expect at an exhibition by Richard Prince, the controversial appropriation artist? His
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The Day The Music Died - WFMY News 2
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Undated -- On August 16th, 1956, actor Bela Lugosi died at the age of 73. He's best known for playing Dracula in the movies. In 1974, The Ramones played their first gig in New York. In 1975, Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel announced to the British
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'Dracula' mansion sold for $2.25M 0 - Toronto Sun
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As it so happens, back in the '40s, Castle La Paloma was better known as the residence of one Bela Lugosi. Built in 1926 as one of the original homes in the Hollywoodland development, the home, with its grand interior arches and dramatic,
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Vanguard Publishing Features Jim Steranko, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bela Lugosi Jr ... - openPR (press release)
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The festivities included appearances by revolutionary Captain America artist-writer Jim Steranko; ground-breaking, Emmy Award-nominated graphic novelist, Bill Sienkiewicz; Bela Lugosi Jr.; and a special exhibit of works by the late, great fantasy art
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Peter Ross at large: Steampunk Rockers - Scotland on Sunday
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A DJ plays Bela Lugosi's Dead, a song which would cheer those detractors who claim that steampunk is nothing more than "goth in brown". Walking up the stairs is a middle-aged man in a long leather coat and flight cap with an ammunition belt slung
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San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Day 2 (July 22) Schedule Now Live; Panel Info for ... - Dread Central
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Room 7AB 5:00-6:00 Monsterverse Horror Comics Ate My Brain— There is no escaping Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave horror anthology comic and upcoming graphic novel series, Flesh And Blood. Joining Monsterverse's Kerry Gammill (Superman) and Sam F
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Adam Sandler Will Be Dracula - Empire Online
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Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr. Gary Oldman. What links them all? They've played Dracula on screen. And now we can add the name Adam Sandler to that illustrious list (vocally, at least), as he's just been announced as starring in Sony's new 3D 'toon Hotel
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Bela Lugosi Home $2367000 - Post Chronicle
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'Count Dracula' aka Bela Lugosi home is for sale in the Hollywood Hills. The house that used to be owned by the spookiest dude in Hollywood is going for $2367000. The home is referred to as the 'Castle La Paloma.' It was created in 1926
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Living life out loud - Sonoma Index-Tribune
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But that's a little like defining Bela Lugosi as a guy who had a relationship with bats. What really defines Wahl, who has been doing film reviews for decades on Bay Area TV and radio, along with classes and lectures on college campuses and anywhere
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bela Lugosi
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 73
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was 73. The rumor that Lugosi was clutching the script for The Final Curtain, a planned Ed Wood project, at the time of his death is not true. Lugosi was buried wearing one of the "Dracula" cape costumes, per the request of his son and fifth wife, in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. Contrary to popular belief, Lugosi never requested to be buried in his cloak; Bela G. Lugosi confirmed on numerous occasions that he and his mother, Lillian, actually made the decision but believed that it is what his father would have wanted. In 1979, the Lugosi v. Universal Pictures decision by the California Supreme Court held that Lugosi's personality rights could not pass to his heirs, as a copyright would have. The court ruled that under California law any rights of publicity, including the right to his image, terminated with Lugosi's death.
  • 1955
    Age 72
    Lugosi married Hope Lininger, his fifth wife, in 1955; they remained married until his death.
    More Details Hide Details She had been a fan of his, writing letters to him when he was in the hospital recovering from addiction to Demerol. She would sign her letters "A dash of Hope". She died in 1997 at age 77.
    Following his treatment, Lugosi made one final film, in late 1955, The Black Sleep, for Bel-Air Pictures, which was released in the summer of 1956 through United Artists with a promotional campaign that included several personal appearances.
    More Details Hide Details To his disappointment, however, his role in this film was of a mute, with no dialogue.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This was one of several projects proposed by Wood, including The Phantom Ghoul and Dr. Acula. With Lugosi in his famed Dracula cape, Wood shot impromptu test footage, with no storyline in mind, in front of Tor Johnson's home, a suburban graveyard and in front of Lugosi's apartment building on Carlton Way. This footage ended up in Plan 9 from Outer Space, which was mostly filmed after Lugosi's death. Wood hired Tom Mason, his wife's chiropractor, to double for Lugosi in additional shots. Mason was noticeably taller and thinner than Lugosi, and had the lower half of his face covered with his cape in every shot, as Lugosi sometimes did in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
  • 1953
    Age 70
    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.
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  • 1951
    Age 68
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Following his return to the U.S., he was interviewed for television, and reflected wistfully on his typecasting in horror parts: "Now I am the boogie man." In the same interview he expressed a desire to play more comedy, as he had in the Mother Riley farce. Independent producer Jack Broder took Lugosi at his word, casting him in a jungle-themed comedy, Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla co-starring nightclub comedians Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo, whose act closely resembled that of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. While Bela enjoyed a lively career on stage with plenty of personal appearances, as film offers declined, he became more and more dependent on live venues to support his family. Bela took over the role of Jonathan Brewster from Boris Karloff for Arsenic and Old Lace. Bela had also expressed interest in playing Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey to help him professionally. He also made plenty of personal appearances to promote his horror image and/or an accompanying film.
  • 1949
    Age 66
    His only television dramatic role was on the anthology series Suspense on October 11, 1949 in the episode The Cask of Amontillado.
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    In September 1949 Milton Berle invited Lugosi to appear in a sketch on Texaco Star Theater.
    More Details Hide Details Lugosi memorized the script for the skit, but became confused on the air when Berle began to ad lib.
  • 1947
    Age 64
    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was Bela Lugosi's last "A" movie. For the remainder of his life he appeared — less and less frequently — in obscure, low-budget features. From 1947-50, he performed in summer stock, often in productions of Dracula or Arsenic and Old Lace, and during the rest of the year made personal appearances in a touring "spook show" and on early commercial television.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was finally cast in the role of Frankenstein's monster for Universal's Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), but Lugosi had no dialogue. Lugosi's voice had been dubbed over that of Lon Chaney, Jr., from line readings at the end of The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). Lugosi played Dracula for a second and last time on film in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).
  • FIFTIES
  • 1938
    Age 55
    Historian John McElwee reports, in his 2013 book Showmen, Sell It Hot!, that Bela Lugosi's popularity received a much-needed boost in August 1938, when California theater owner Emil Umann revived Dracula and Frankenstein as a special double feature.
    More Details Hide Details The combination was so successful that Umann scheduled extra shows to accommodate the capacity crowds, and invited Lugosi to appear in person, which thrilled new audiences that had never seen Lugosi's classic performance. "I owe it all to that little man at the Regina Theatre," said Lugosi of exhibitor Umann. "I was dead, and he brought me back to life." Universal took notice of the tremendous business and launched its own national re-release of the same two horror favorites. The studio then rehired Lugosi to star in new films. The first was Universal's Son of Frankenstein (1939), when he played the character role of Ygor, who uses the Monster for his own revenge, in heavy makeup and beard. The same year saw Lugosi playing a straight character role in a major motion picture: he was a stern commissar in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's comedy Ninotchka, starring Greta Garbo. This small but prestigious role could have been a turning point for the actor, but within the year, he was back on Hollywood's Poverty Row, playing leads for Sam Katzman. These horror, comedy and mystery B-films were released by Monogram Pictures. At Universal, he often received star billing for what amounted to a supporting part. The Gorilla (1939) had him playing straight man to Patsy Kelly.
    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.
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  • 1936
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the 1930s, Lugosi, experiencing a severe career decline despite popularity with audiences (Universal executives always preferred his rival Karloff), accepted many leading roles from independent producers like Nat Levine, Sol Lesser, and Sam Katzman. These low-budget thrillers indicate that Lugosi was less discriminating than Karloff in selecting screen vehicles, but the exposure helped Lugosi financially if not artistically.
  • 1933
    Age 50
    In 1933, he married 19-year-old Lillian Arch, the daughter of Hungarian immigrants.
    More Details Hide Details They had a child, Bela G. Lugosi, in 1938. Lillian and Bela, as well as his mother, vacationed on their lake property in Lake Elsinore, California (then called Elsinore), on two lots between 1944 and 1953. Bela Lugosi Jr. attended the Elsinore Naval & Military School in Lake Elsinore.
  • FORTIES
  • 1930
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A persistent rumor asserts that director Tod Browning's long-time collaborator, Lon Chaney, was Universal's first choice for the role, and that Lugosi was chosen only due to Chaney's death shortly before production. This is questionable, because Chaney had been under long-term contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer since 1925, and had negotiated a lucrative new contract just before his death. Chaney and Browning had worked together on several projects (including four of Chaney's final five releases), but Browning was only a last-minute choice to direct the movie version of Dracula after the death of director Paul Leni, who was originally slated to direct. In 1927, Lugosi accepted the eponymous role in the American theatrical run of Dracula, a play based on Bram Stoker's gothic novel of the same name. After a half-year run on Broadway, Dracula toured the United States to much fanfare and critical acclaim throughout 1928-29. His portrayal of Dracula was so successful that Universal decided to make a movie of Dracula starring Lugosi. The film, Dracula, was a hit.
  • 1929
    Age 46
    In 1929, Lugosi took his place in Hollywood society and scandal when he married wealthy San Francisco widow Beatrice Weeks, but she filed for divorce four months later.
    More Details Hide Details Weeks cited actress Clara Bow as the "other woman". On 26 June 1931, he became a naturalised United States citizen.
    In 1929, with no other film roles in sight, he returned to the stage as Dracula for a short West Coast tour of the play.
    More Details Hide Details Lugosi remained in California where he resumed (under contract with Fox) his film work, appearing in early talkies often as a heavy or "exotic sheiks;" He also continued to lobby for his prized role in the film version of Dracula.
    His performance piqued the interest of Fox Studios; In 1929, he appeared in the studio's silent film, The Veiled Woman.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in the (now, supposedly lost) film, Prisoners which was released in both a silent and sound versions.
  • 1928
    Age 45
    In 1928, Lugosi decided to stay in California when the play ended its West Coast run.
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  • 1927
    Age 44
    Lugosi was approached in the summer of 1927 to star in a Broadway production of Dracula adapted by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston from Bram Stoker's novel.
    More Details Hide Details The Horace Liveright production was successful, running 261 performances before touring.
  • 1923
    Age 40
    His first American film role came in the 1923 melodrama The Silent Command.
    More Details Hide Details Several more silent roles followed, as villains or continental types, all in productions made in the New York area.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1922
    Age 39
    Lugosi acted in several Hungarian plays before breaking out into his first English Broadway play, The Red Poppy, in 1922.
    More Details Hide Details Three more parts came in 1925–26, including a five-month run in the comedy-fantasy The Devil in the Cheese. In 1925, he appeared as an Arab Sheik in Arabesque which premiered in Buffalo, New York at the Teck Theatre before moving to Broadway.
  • 1921
    Age 38
    He made his way to New York and was legally inspected for immigration at Ellis Island in March 1921.
    More Details Hide Details He declared his intention to become a U.S. citizen in 1928, and on June 26, 1931, he was naturalized. On his arrival in America, the, Lugosi worked for some time as a laborer, then entered the theater in New York City's Hungarian immigrant colony. With fellow Hungarian actors he formed a small stock company that toured Eastern cities, playing for immigrant audiences.
  • 1920
    Age 37
    Lugosi left Germany in October 1920, intending to emigrate to the United States, and entered the country at New Orleans in December 1920.
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  • 1917
    Age 34
    In 1917, Lugosi married Ilona Szmik. The couple divorced in 1920, reputedly over political differences with her parents.
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    Lugosi made 12 films in Hungary between 1917 and 1918 before leaving for Germany.
    More Details Hide Details Following the collapse of Béla Kun's Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919, leftists and trade unionists became vulnerable. Lugosi was proscribed from acting due to his participation in the formation of an actors’ union. In exile in Germany, he began appearing in a small number of well-received films, including adaptations of the Karl May novels, Auf den Trümmern des Paradieses (On the Brink of Paradise), and Die Todeskarawane (The Caravan of Death), opposite the Jewish actress Dora Gerson (who died in Auschwitz).
  • 1914
    Age 31
    During World War I, he served as an infantryman in the Austro-Hungarian Army from 1914-16.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1911
    Age 28
    Moving to Budapest in 1911, he played dozens of roles with the National Theatre of Hungary between 1913–19.
    More Details Hide Details Although Lugosi would later claim that he "became the leading actor of Hungary's Royal National Theatre", almost all his roles there were small or supporting parts.
  • 1903
    Age 20
    He took the name Lugosi, in 1903, to honor his birthplace, Lugos.
    More Details Hide Details Lugosi's first film appearance was in the movie Az ezredes (The Colonel, 1917). When appearing in Hungarian silent films, he used the stage name Arisztid Olt.
    His earliest known performances are from provincial theatres in the 1903–04 season, playing small roles in several plays and operettas.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to Shakespeare plays and other major roles.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1901
    Age 18
    He began his acting career probably in 1901 or 1902.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1882
    Born
    Born on October 20, 1882.
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