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Bela Lugosi

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Hungarian actor who was simply immortalized as Dracula in 1931. His immortal function as the count number led him to try out assignments in 1934’s The Dark Kitty and 1935’s The Raven. His true name is normally Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó. He fell out of college when he was twelve years of age, and began showing up in Shakespeare has. His Hungarian highlight resulted in him getting typecasted being a horror villain in lots of films. He wedded 19-year-old Lillian Arch in 1933. His 5th wife was a enthusiast who continuously composed to him while he was dealing with drugs within a medical center. He performed in lots of of William Shakespeare’s has when he was youthful.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bela Lugosi
Date Of Birth October 20, 1882
Died August 16, 1956, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Lugoj, Romania
Height 1.85 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality American
Spouse Hope Lininger, Lillian Lugosi, Beatrice Weeks, Ilona von Montagh, Ilona Szmick
Children Bela G. Lugosi
Parents Paula de Vojnich, István Blasko
Siblings Vilma Blaskó
Movies Dracula, The Wolf Man, White Zombie, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Son of Frankenstein, The Black Cat, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Bride of the Monster, The Raven, Glen or Glenda, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Corpse Vanishes, The Devil Bat, Island of Lost Souls, The Ghost of Frankenstein, Mark of the Vampire, Scared to Death, The Invisible Ray, Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla, The Phantom Creeps, Invisible Ghost, Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire, The Body Snatcher, Ninotchka, The Return of the Vampire, Black Friday, The Black Sleep, Chandu the Magician, The Ape Man, The Death Kiss, The Gorilla, Black Dragons, The Dark Eyes of London, Shadow of Chinatown, The Black Camel, The Return of Chandu, Night Monster, The Mysterious Mr. Wong, Spooks Run Wild, Bowery at Midnight, The Silent Command, You'll Find Out, Ghosts on the Loose, Postal Inspector, Voodoo Man, One Body Too Many, International House, Murder by Television, Zombies on Broadway, The Midnight Girl
TV Shows Phantom Creeps, S.O.S. Coast Guard, The Return of Chandu
Star Sign Libra

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1 At the end of the Sledge Hammer episode _"Sledge Hammer" (1986) Last of the Red Hot Vampires (#2.9)_ there is a dedication "In Memory of Mr. Blasko," Lugosi's birth name.
2 Because his parents were against his plans to become an actor he left the family and went to the theater where he made his first experiences as an actor. Finally he joined the film business in 1917 where he first used the pseudonym Arisztid Olt.
3 He already impersonated the figure of "Dracula" on Broadway from 1927 and when the director Tod Browning planned to make a movie of it the chance of Lugosi's life came - also because of the unexpected death of the actor Lon Chaney who was originally planned for the title role.
4 With "Glen or Glenda" (1953) he also appeared in a movie directed by Ed Wood jr. who sometimes is referred as the worst director ever. But because of this fact those movies became a kind of cult and Bela Lugosi became an icon for enthusiasts of such trash movies.
5 Because Bela Lugosi was also active political the situation in Hungary became precarious and finally he and his wife decided to leave Hungary. They came via Vienna to Berlin where he was able to continue his film career.
6 Private Bela Lugosi had to struggle with his alcohol and drug addiction.
7 Bela Lugosi ventured the jump across the pond to the USA. There he first had to content himself with smaller roles, first at the theater and from 1923 in movies too.
8 Bela's personal cane featured in his infamous scene in "Plan 9 From Outer Space" sold at Bonhams and Butterfields for $10,000. This cane is considered one of the only remaining props from the film. [November 2015].
9 Contrary to popular belief, Lugosi only played Count Dracula in two films: Dracula (1931) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). He played vampires in many other films, but none of them--besides the aforementioned two--were Count Dracula.
10 Is referenced in The Kinks 1972 song "Celluloid Heroes", with the lines "Avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi, because he's liable to turn and bite.".
11 Bela Lugosi passed away on August 16, 1956, two months away from what would have been his 74th birthday on October 20.
12 He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6430 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
13 He appeared with Lon Chaney Jr. in five films: The Wolf Man (1941), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) and The Black Sleep (1956).
14 He appeared with Boris Karloff in seven films: The Black Cat (1934), The Raven (1935), The Invisible Ray (1936), Son of Frankenstein (1939), You'll Find Out (1940), Black Friday (1940) and The Body Snatcher (1945).
15 He has two roles in common with Lon Chaney Jr.: (1) Lugosi played Count Dracula in Dracula (1931) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) while Chaney played him in Son of Dracula (1943) and (2) Chaney played Frankenstein's Monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), in which Lugosi also appeared, while Lugosi played him in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), in which Chaney also appeared.
16 He has two roles in common with Christopher Lee: (1) Lugosi played Count Dracula in Dracula (1931) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) while Lee played him in ten films from Horror of Dracula (1958) to Dracula and Son (1976) and (2) Lugosi played Frankenstein's Monster in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) while Lee played him in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957).
17 He did not wear fangs when playing the title character in Dracula (1931). The same was true of Frank Langella in Dracula (1979).
18 His wife and son had him buried in his cape from his role as the title character of Dracula (1931).
19 According to biographer Robert Cremer, Lugosi was not only the finest party host among Hungarian members of the Hollywood community but also an inveterate practical joker. When other expatriates such as Joe Pasternak, Ilona Massey, Michael Curtiz and Willy Pogany were guests, he would hire comic actor Vince Barnett to play the role of a clumsy waiter spilling drinks and dropping plates of hors d'oeuvres, resulting in near misses for the guests to Lugosi's delight.
20 Lugosi was contracted to appear in Dracula's Daughter (1936) at a salary of $4,000, but the original script in which the character appeared was rejected by Universal. The final script did not involve Dracula, except for an insert shot of him in his coffin, but Lugosi was paid off, earning $500 more for not appearing in Dracula's Daughter (1936) than he earned for starring in Dracula (1931).
21 Lugosi himself perpetrated the myth that he had quit the role of the monster in Frankenstein (1931), which is untrue. Originally, director Robert Florey wanted him to play Dr. Frankenstein, but producer Carl Laemmle Jr. did not want Lugosi in that role and relegated him to the monster role. Lugosi was unhappy with playing the plodding, mute monster under heavy make-up and complained. He had filmed some screen tests with Florey, but Laemmle did not like what he saw and fired both Florey and Lugosi.
22 Served in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I as an infantry captain. He later recounted in stories on film sets about his experiences, which included acting as a hangman. He also said that at one point he hid in a mass grave of corpses to escape death. After being wounded three times, he was discharged while apparently feigning concussion-caused insanity.
23 He received only $500 per week for the seven-week engagement on Dracula (1931) a total of $3500. However, in 2007 purchasing power, that would be equal to $47,319. In comparison, Universal paid $2000 per week for the use of leading man David Manners, but Manners was a contract player at First National Pictures. The payment went to that studio, not to Manners, who was paid only his usual weekly rate from First National.
24 He still spoke very little English by the time he shot Dracula (1931), He had made the role famous on Broadway, but most of his lines he had learned phonetically (which gave his readings an oily, seductive quality), and used the same technique for the film version. It was another two years after he shot Dracula (1931) before he became fluent in English, although he had made several films after that one.
25 In his collaborations with Boris Karloff at Universal, it was Karloff who always got top billing. When these same films were released as part of a DVD box set in 2005, Universal chose to market them as "The Bela Lugosi Collection".
26 His name had become such as asset that studios would give him prominent billing even when he was playing such supporting roles as butlers, as he did in Columbia's Night of Terror (1933), Fox's The Gorilla (1939), Universal's Night Monster (1942) and Paramount's One Body Too Many (1944).
27 His performance in Tod Browning's Dracula (1931) created such a sensation that he reportedly received more fan mail from females than even Clark Gable.
28 Further immortalized in the song "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus, which was featured in The Hunger (1983) and went on to become a dance mainstay at goth dance clubs in the 1980s. The lyrics of the song described him in his Dracula costume, along with "Undead! Undead! Undead!" being chanted during the song's chorus.
29 His Los Angeles home was purchased by Johnny Depp, the actor who portrayed his friend Edward D. Wood Jr. in the film Ed Wood (1994).
30 He performed in live-action reference footage for the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence of Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940). He was, of course, the terrifying demon Chernabog.
31 At the time of his death, Lugosi was in such poor financial straits that Frank Sinatra was rumored to have paid for his funeral. Actually, Bela's widow Hope and ex-wife Lillian paid it; Sinatra's only connection to the aging actor was sending him a $1000 check during his drug rehabilitation. The rumor that Boris Karloff attended the funeral was also an urban myth, as he wasn't in California at the time.
32 His first stage role in the United States was "The Red Poppy". Unable to speak English, he was forced to learn the role by rote. He was rewarded with excellent reviews and earned his first American film role, a villainous role in The Silent Command (1923) as a result.
33 Had a long extensive classical career in Hungary including roles in "Hamlet", "Macbeth", "King Lear", "Taming of the Shrew" and "Richard III".
34 Pictured on one of a set of five 32¢ US commemorative postage stamps, issued 30 September 1997, celebrating "Famous Movie Monsters". He is shown as the title character in Dracula (1931). Other actors honored in this set of stamps, and the classic monsters they portray, are Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera (1925); Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man (1941); and Boris Karloff on two stamps as The Mummy (1932) and the monster in Frankenstein (1931).
35 In 1929 he married a wealthy San Francisco widow named Beatrice Weeks, a union which lasted all of three days; their divorce named Clara Bow as the "other woman"--it was a media sensation and launched him into national notoriety.
36 He was one of the charter members of the Screen Actors Guild.
37 Contrary to popular belief, he and Boris Karloff did not hate each other, as the famous scene from Ed Wood (1994) would lead one to believe. Both men's children have said that the only rivalry that existed between them is when they were both up for the same roles, and in reality, Lugosi and Karloff had almost no relationship off-set. However, near the sad end of his life, Lugosi allegedly had at least one methadone-addled fantasy that Karloff was a bogeyman out to get him.
38 On the set, he camouflaged his drug addiction by sipping burgundy.
39 Were it not for his death, Lon Chaney, rather than Lugosi, would have been the director Tod Browning's choice for the starring role in Dracula (1931).
40 Following his death, he was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
41 His son, Bela Lugosi Jr., practices law in Los Angeles, California (1995).
42 Born in Lugos, Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), from which he derived his eventual professional surname.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Masked Ball 1918 René (as Olt Arisztid)
Az élet királya 1918 Lord Henry Wotton (as Arisztid Olt)
Lili 1918 Plinchard / General (as Arisztid Olt)
A Régiséggyüjtö 1917 Short as Arisztid Olt
Az ezredes 1917 as Arisztid Olt
Leoni Leo 1917 Leoni Leo (as Arisztid Olt)
Nászdal 1917 Bertram, hegedümüvész (as Olt Arisztid)
The Black Sleep 1956 Casimir
Bride of the Monster 1955 Dr. Eric Vornoff
The Red Skelton Hour 1954 TV Series Prof. Lugosi
Glen or Glenda 1953 Scientist
Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla 1952 Dr. Zabor
Vampire Over London 1952 Von Housen
The Paul Winchell Show 1950 TV Series Count Dracula
Suspense 1949 TV Series Gen. Fortunato
Texaco Star Theatre 1949 TV Series Count Dracula
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein 1948 Dracula
Scared to Death 1947 Prof. Leonide
Genius at Work 1946 Stone
Zombies on Broadway 1945 Professor Paul Renault
The Body Snatcher 1945 Joseph
One Body Too Many 1944 Merkil
Return of the Ape Man 1944 Prof. Dexter
Voodoo Man 1944 Dr. Richard Marlowe
The Return of the Vampire 1943 Armand Tesla Dr. Hugo Bruckner
Ghosts on the Loose 1943 Emil
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man 1943 Monster
The Ape Man 1943 Dr. James Brewster
Bowery at Midnight 1942 Professor Brenner aka Karl Wagner
Night Monster 1942 Rolf
The Corpse Vanishes 1942 Dr. George Lorenz
The Ghost of Frankenstein 1942 Ygor
Black Dragons 1942 Dr. Melcher aka Monsieur Colomb / Cell Prisoner
The Wolf Man 1941 Bela
Spooks Run Wild 1941 Nardo
The Black Cat 1941 Eduardo Vigos
Invisible Ghost 1941 Charles Kessler
You'll Find Out 1940 Prince Saliano
The Devil Bat 1940 Dr. Paul Carruthers
Black Friday 1940 Eric Marnay
The Saint's Double Trouble 1940 Partner
Ninotchka 1939 Commissar Razinin
The Human Monster 1939 Dr. Feodor Orloff
The Phantom Creeps 1939 Dr. Alex Zorka
The Gorilla 1939 Peters
Son of Frankenstein 1939 Ygor
SOS Coast Guard 1937 Boroff
Shadow of Chinatown 1936/I Victor Poten
Postal Inspector 1936 Gregory Benez
The Invisible Ray 1936 Dr. Felix Benet
Phantom Ship 1935 Anton Lorenzen / A. Gottlieb
Murder by Television 1935 Dr. Arthur Perry / Edwin Perry
Chandu on the Magic Island 1935 Frank Chandler (Chandu)
The Raven 1935 Dr. Richard Vollin
Mark of the Vampire 1935 Count Mora
The Best Man Wins 1935 Doc Boehm
The Mysterious Mr. Wong 1934 Mr. Fu Wong aka Li See (as Béla Lugosi)
The Return of Chandu 1934/I Frank Chandler (Chandu)
Gift of Gab 1934 French Apache Dancer
The Black Cat 1934 Dr. Vitus Werdegast
The Devil's in Love 1933 Military Prosecutor (uncredited)
International House 1933 General Nicholas Branovsky Petronovich
Night of Terror 1933 Degar
The Whispering Shadow 1933 Professor Adam Anton Strang
Hollywood on Parade No. A-8 1933 Short Dracula
The Death Kiss 1932 Joseph Steiner
Island of Lost Souls 1932 Sayer of the Law
Chandu the Magician 1932 Roxor
White Zombie 1932 'Murder' Legendre
Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932 Dr. Mirakle
Broadminded 1931 Pancho Arango
The Black Camel 1931 Tarneverro
Women of All Nations 1931 Prince Hassan (uncredited)
50 Million Frenchmen 1931 Orizon - Magician (uncredited)
Dracula 1931 Count Dracula
Oh, for a Man! 1930 Frescatti
Viennese Nights 1930 Count von Ratz - Hungarian Ambassador (uncredited)
Renegades 1930 The Marabout - Sheik Muhammed Halid
Wild Company 1930 Felix Brown
King of Jazz 1930 Emcee - Hungarian Version (uncredited)
Such Men Are Dangerous 1930 Dr. Goodman
The Thirteenth Chair 1929 Inspector Delzante
The Last Performance 1929 Erik's Screen Voice in Hungarian Version (voice, uncredited)
Prisoners 1929 Brottos--Nightclub Owner
The Veiled Woman 1929 Murdered Suitor
How to Handle Women 1928 Diplomat's Aide (uncredited)
Punchinello 1926 Short Harlequin
Daughters Who Pay 1925 Serge Romonsky
The Midnight Girl 1925 Nicholas Harmon
He Who Gets Slapped 1924 Clown Extra (unconfirmed, uncredited)
The Rejected Woman 1924 Jean Gagnon (as Mr. Bela Lugosi)
The Silent Command 1923 Hisston
Ihre Hoheit die Tänzerin 1922
Apachenrache, 3. Teil - Die verschwundene Million 1921
Der Fluch der Menschheit - 1. Die Tochter der Arbeit 1920 Reckless Saboteur
Die Teufelsanbeter 1920
Caravan of Death 1920 Scheik
Lederstrumpf, 2. Teil: Der Letzte der Mohikaner 1920 Chingachook
Die Frau im Delphin, oder 30 Tage auf dem Meeresgrund 1920 Tom Bill
Auf den Trümmern des Paradieses 1920
Der Fluch der Menschheit - 2. Im Rausche der Milliarden 1920
Lederstrumpf, 1. Teil: Der Wildtöter und Chingachgook 1920 Chingachgook
Der Januskopf 1920 Dr. Warren's Diener
Nat Pinkerton im Kampf, 1. Teil - Das Ende des Artisten Bartolini 1920 Gang Leader
Die Sklavenhalter von Kansas-City 1920 George Corvin
Das ganze Sein ist flammend Leid 1920
Der Fluch der Menschheit 1920 Andrew Fleurot
Der Fluch der Menschheit - 2 1920 Andre Fleurot
Sklaven fremden Willens 1920 Professor Mors
Nachenschnur des tot 1919
Casanova 1919 as Arisztid Olt
A leopárd 1918 Orlay Pál,építész (as Arisztid Olt)
Lulu 1918 as Arisztid Olt
Tavaszi vihar 1918 Renner fölbirtokos, a férje (as Arisztid Olt)
Küzdelem a Létért 1918 Orlay Paál architect (as Arisztid Olt)
99 1918 Kurt Lingner (as Albert Lugesi)

Costume Department

Costume Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mark of the Vampire 1935 costumes: Count Mora - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula 1997 Documentary performer: "We're Horrible, Horrible Men", "There Are Such Things"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Splathouse: Plan 9 from Outer Space 2016 Short dedicatee
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Rodney Moore's Vampires 2007 Video dedicated to the memory of
Lover from Beyond the Grave 2006 Video short special thanks
The Hypnotic Eye 1996 TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
Dieter & Andreas 1989 Short grateful acknowledgment
Sledge Hammer! 1987 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hoffman Hayride 1953 TV Series Himself
You Asked for It 1953 TV Series Himself
The Charlie Chester Show 1951 TV Series Himself
Starlit Time 1950 TV Series Himself
Versatile Varieties 1950 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Time 1950 TV Series Himself
Ship's Reporter 1948 TV Series Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 24, No. 4 1944 Short Himself - -Blood Donor
Screen Snapshots Series 23, No. 1: Hollywood in Uniform 1943 Documentary short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 11 1935 Documentary short Himself
Intimate Interviews: Bela Lugosi 1931 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deadlock 2018 filming Legendre
Splathouse: Plan 9 from Outer Space 2016 Short Old Man
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks 2015 TV Series documentary Joseph
Film It Again, Sam: The Katzman Chronicles 2015 Video documentary short
Dante's Domicile 2015 TV Series Ghoul Man
Le Fossoyeur de Films 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary
Glen or the Bride of the Night of the Plan 9 from Outer Space 2014 Short Glen's Father
Missing Reel 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary 'Murder' Legendre
Extraordinary Tales 2013 Narrator (segment "The Tell-Tale Heart")
Untitled 2012/IV Narrator (uncredited)
IN101M 2012 TV Series
El toque Neville 2011 Video documentary short 'Murder' Legendre
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2007-2011 TV Series documentary Ygor Dracula Monster ...
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Scientist / Dr. Eric Vornoff
Citizen Wood: Making the Bride, Unmaking the Legend 2010 Video documentary short
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Count Dracula Ygor Joseph
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 2010 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Muchachada nui 2007-2009 TV Series Bela Lugosi (segment "Mundo Viejuno: El oso goloso") (segment "Mundo Viejuno: Matrimoniadas sex") Bela Lugosir
House of Harrington 2008 Documentary short
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Count Dracula
Close-up 2007 TV Series documentary Himself Dracula Ygor ...
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story 2007 Documentary Himself
The Fallen Vampire 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself / Dracula
Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman 2007 Documentary Himself
Terror in the Pharaoh's Tomb 2007 Video Riley Chandler
Beloved Count 2007 Video documentary short Count Dracula (uncredited)
Lugosi, the Dark Prince 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The Sci-Fi Boys 2006 Documentary Himself
It's a Digital World! 2006 Short The Scientist
Terror in the Tropics 2006 Video Vitus Tesla
Karloff, the Gentle Monster 2006 Video documentary short
How William Shatner Changed the World 2005 TV Movie documentary
The Tell Tale Heart 2005 Short Narrator
Cineastas contra magnates 2005 Documentary Dracula
Horror Business 2005 Video documentary Himself
Biography 1995-2004 TV Series documentary Himself Count Dracula Dracula
Van Helsing: The Man and the Monsters 2004 TV Movie documentary Count Dracula
The Revamping of Dracula 2004 Video short documentary
Van Helsing: Behind the Screams 2004 Video documentary short
Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi 2002 TV Short documentary Himself
Making Bela 2002 Video documentary short Himself / Count Dracula
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster 2002 Video documentary Dracula The Monster Ygor ... (uncredited)
The Universe According to Universal 2002 Video documentary short Dr. Felix Benet (uncredited)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
Chair 2001 Short documentary Himself
Heroes of Horror 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself / Count Dracula / Legendre / ...
The American Nightmare 2000 Documentary Himself
Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Monster by Moonlight! The Immortal Saga of 'The Wolf Man' 1999 Video documentary short
Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed 1999 Video documentary short
Film Breaks 1999 TV Series documentary Ygor / Ghoul Man / 'Murder' Legendre
Universal Horror 1998 TV Movie documentary
E! Mysteries & Scandals 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula 1997 Documentary
100 Years of Horror 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Nightmare: The Birth of Victorian Horror 1996 TV Series documentary Count Dracula
Empire of the Censors 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rivals 1995 Himself
The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. 1995 Documentary Himself
The Vampire Interviews 1995 Video documentary Himself
Betty Boop: Queen of the Cartoons 1995 Documentary Himself / Dracula
Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora 1994 Video documentary Himself / The Great Spirit
Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld 1994 TV Movie documentary
It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein 1994 TV Movie documentary
Nadja 1994 Dracula (uncredited)
The Our Gang Story 1994 Video documentary Himself / Emil
Death Scenes 2 1992 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook 1991 Documentary The Monster Ygor
Hooray for Horrorwood 1991 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Horror Hall of Fame II 1991 TV Movie Himself - Inductee
The Runestone 1991 In clips from 'White Zombie'
Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives, Tragic Deaths 1990 Video documentary Himself
Monsters & Maniacs 1988 Video documentary Himself
Muppet Babies 1988 TV Series Emil / 'Murder' Legendre
Reginald LeBorg - Man nannte mich den Alleskönner 1987 TV Movie documentary Casimir
Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 Pete Jones
Classic Comedy Teams 1986 Video documentary Emil (segment "Ghosts On The Loose" )
Horrible Horror 1986 Video Clips from various movies
Hunter 1986 TV Series
Lugosi: The Forgotten King 1985 TV Movie documentary Various Roles
Into the Night 1985 Count Dracula
The Best of All Time Horror Classics 1985 Video documentary Dracula
Going Hollywood: The '30s 1984 Documentary
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983 Documentary Dracula in 'Screen Snapshots A-8' (uncredited)
Coming Soon 1982 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Horror Show 1979 TV Movie documentary
Nightmare in Blood 1977
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary Himself
McCloud 1971 TV Series Joseph
Night Gallery 1971 TV Series Sayer of the Law in 'Island of Lost Souls' clips
The Movie Orgy 1968 Documentary uncredited
Film Review 1967 TV Mini-Series Joseph
The Picture Theatre 1967 TV Movie
The Son of Frankenstein 1966 Short The Hunchback
Dracula 1966 Short Count Dracula
The World of Abbott and Costello 1965 Count Dracula in 'Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein'
Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At... 1965 TV Series documentary Various
Hollywood and the Stars 1964 TV Series Count Dracula
Horror 1964 TV Movie documentary
Plan 9 from Outer Space 1959 Ghoul Man
Lock Up Your Daughters 1951 Documentary
The Phantom Creeps 1949 TV Movie Dr. Alex Zorka
SOS Coast Guard 1942 Boroff
Shadow of Chinatown 1936/II Victor Poten
Revolt of the Zombies 1936 The Eyes
The Return of Chandu 1934/II Frank Chandler (Chandu)
Drácula 1931 Conde Drácula (uncredited)
The Lugosi Files 1931 Documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6340 Hollywood Blvd.

TitleSalary
Bride of the Monster (1955) $1,000
Glen or Glenda (1953) $1,000 (flat rate, 1 day)
Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire (1952) $5,000 (flat rate)
Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) $1,500 per week with ten week guarantee
Genius at Work (1946) $5,000
The Body Snatcher (1945) $3,000
The Return of the Vampire (1943) $3,500
You'll Find Out (1940) $3,750
Son of Frankenstein (1939) $500 /week, later raised to $3500/week
SOS Coast Guard (1937) $1,500
Postal Inspector (1936) $5,000 (flat rate)
The Invisible Ray (1936) $4,000
The Mystery of the Mary Celeste (1935) $10,000
The Raven (1935) $5,000
Mark of the Vampire (1935) $3,000
Gift of Gab (1934) $250 (1 day)
The Black Cat (1934) $3,000
Island of Lost Souls (1932) $875
White Zombie (1932) $800 /week
Chandu the Magician (1932) $2,500
50 Million Frenchmen (1931) $1,000
Dracula (1931) $3,500

#Quote
1 [in response to an interviewer question "Doesn't Dracula ever end for you?"] No. No. Dracula never ends. I don't know if I should call it a fortune or a curse, but Dracula ever ends.
2 If I had one per cent of the millions Dracula (1931) has made, I wouldn't be sitting here now.
3 [on playing Dracula] It's a living, but it's also a curse. It's Dracula's curse.
4 Never has a role so influenced and dominated an actor's role as has the role of Dracula. He [Dracula] has, at times, infused me with prosperity and, at other times, he has drained me of everything.
5 Every actor's greatest ambition is to create his own, definite and original role, a character with which he will always be identified. In my case, that role was Dracula.
6 In Hungary, acting is a career for which one fits himself as earnestly and studiously as one studies for a degree in medicine, law or philosophy. In Hungary, acting is a profession.
7 [on being typecast in villain roles] I find that, because of my language and gestures, that I am cataloged as what you call a heavy. My accent stamped me, in the imagination of the producers, as an enemy. Therefore, I must be a heavy.
8 I'll be truthful. The weekly paycheck is the most important thing to me.
9 I'd like to quit the supernatural roles and play just an interesting, down-to-earth person.
10 Every producer in Hollywood had set me down as a type. I was both amused and disappointed.
11 Circumstances made me the theatrical personality I am, which many people believe is also a part of my personal life.
12 [to director Edward D. Wood Jr., on the set of one of his legendary turkeys] This is the most uncomfortable coffin I've ever been in.
13 I guess I'm pretty much of a lone wolf. I don't say I don't like people at all but, to tell you the truth, I only like it then if I have a chance to look deep into their hearts and their minds.

#Trademark
1 Renowned for treating even the most ridiculous of material with immense respect and his aggressive work ethic
2 Best known for his roles in horror films and particularly in films produced by Universal Studios
3 The role of Count Dracula
4 His pale complexion
5 Thick Hungarian accent
6 Slicked back hair and prominent widow's peak

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