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Bela Lugosi is a Actor American born on 20 october 1882 at Lugoj (Roumanie)

Bela Lugosi

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Birth name Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó
Nationality USA
Birth 20 october 1882 at Lugoj (Roumanie)
Death 16 august 1956 (at 73 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó (20 October 1882 – 16 August 1956), better known as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian-American actor, famous for portraying Count Dracula in the original 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. He had roles in several films in Weimar Germany before arriving in America as a seaman on a merchant ship.

In 1927, he appeared as Count Dracula in a Broadway adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, where he was talent-spotted as a character actor for the new Hollywood talkies. He later appeared in the classic 1931 film Dracula by Universal Pictures. Through the 1930s, he occupied an important niche in popular horror films, with their East European setting, but his Hungarian accent limited his repertoire, and he tried unsuccessfully to avoid typecasting.

Meanwhile, he was often paired with Boris Karloff, who was able to demand top billing. To his frustration, Lugosi was increasingly restricted to minor parts, kept employed by the studio principally for the sake of his name on the posters. Among his pairings with Karloff, only in The Black Cat (1934), The Raven (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939) did he perform major roles again, and, even in The Raven, Karloff received top billing despite Lugosi performing the lead role.

By this time, Lugosi had been receiving regular medication for sciatic neuritis, and he became addicted to morphine and methadone. This drug dependence was noted by producers, and the offers eventually dwindled down to a few parts in Ed Wood's low-budget movies, most notably Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Lugosi was married five times, and had one son, Bela George Lugosi.

Bela Lugosi was a charter member of the American Screen Actors Guild.


In 1917, Lugosi married Ilona Szmik. The couple divorced in 1920, reputedly over political differences with her parents.

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. Weeks cited actress Clara Bow as the "other woman".

In 1933 he married 19-year-old Lillian Arch, the daughter of Hungarian immigrants. They had a child, Bela G. Lugosi, in 1938.

Lillian and Bela, as well as his mother, vacationed on their lake property in the Southern California community of Lake Elsinore (then called Elsinore) on two lots between 1944 and 1953. Bela Lugosi Jr., attended the Elsinore Naval & Military School in Lake Elsinore. 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.

Lugosi married Hope Lininger, his fifth wife, in 1955. 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 was his widow, and died in 1997 at age 77.

Best films

Ninotchka (1939)

Usually with

Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
(12 films)
Ed Wood
Ed Wood
(4 films)
Tod Browning
Tod Browning
(4 films)
Jack Pierce
Jack Pierce
(9 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Bela Lugosi (106 films)

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Terror in the Aisles, 1h24
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Documentary, Anthology film, Horror
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about films
Actors Donald Pleasence, Nancy Allen, Bud Abbott, Michael Ironside, Fred Asparagus, Brooke Adams
Rating64% 3.249233.249233.249233.249233.24923
Director Andrew J. Kuehn has excerpted brief segments of terror and suspense in a wide variety of suspenseful (including humorously so, ex. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Saturday the 14th) films and strung them together with added commentary, as well as some enacted narrative, to create a compilation of fright-inducing effects. Halloween actor Donald Pleasence and Dressed to Kill star Nancy Allen provide the commentary on topics such as "sex and terror" (Dressed to Kill, Klute, Ms. 45, The Seduction, When a Stranger Calls), loathsome villains (Dracula, Frankenstein, Friday the 13 1 and/or 2, Halloween I and II, Marathon Man, Nighthawks, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Touch of Evil, Vice Squad, Wait Until Dark, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), "natural terror" (Alligator, The Birds, Frogs, Jaws 1 and 2, Nightwing) and the occult (An American Werewolf in London, Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, Carrie, The Shining). In one segment of the anthology, legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock presents his concepts of how to create suspense in a clip from Alfred Hitchcock: Men Who Made The Movies.
Plan 9 from Outer Space, 1h19
Directed by Ed Wood
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Tor Johnson, Duke Moore, Dudley Manlove, Bunny Breckinridge
Roles Ghoul Man
Rating40% 2.001522.001522.001522.001522.00152
At the funeral of an Old Man's wife, mourners are gathered by an open grave, among them her husband (Bela Lugosi). Overhead, an airliner is heading towards Burbank, California. The pilot Jeff Trent (Gregory Walcott) and his co-pilot Danny (David De Mering) are blinded by a bright light and loud sound. They look outside and see a flying saucer. The pilots follow the saucer's flight until it lands at the graveyard, where the funeral's gravediggers are killed by a female zombie (Maila Nurmi).
The Black Sleep, 1h22
Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Actors Basil Rathbone, Akim Tamiroff, Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Bela Lugosi, Patricia Blair
Roles Casimir
Rating61% 3.0530253.0530253.0530253.0530253.053025
Set in England in 1872, the story concerned a prominent, knighted surgeon whose wife has fallen into a coma caused by a deep-seated brain tumor. Due to medicine's state of the art at the time, he does not know how to reach the tumor without risking brain damage or death to the woman he loves, so he undertakes to secretly experiment on the brains of living, but involuntary, human subjects who are under the influence of a powerful Indian anesthetic, Nind Andhera, which he calls the "Black Sleep". Once he has finished his experiment, surviving subjects are revived and placed, in seriously degenerated and mutilated states, in a hidden cellar in the gloomy, abandoned country abbey where he conducts his experiments.
Bride of the Monster, 1h8
Directed by Ed Wood
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Bela Lugosi, Loretta King, Tor Johnson, Harvey B. Dunn, Dolores Fuller, Paul Marco
Roles Dr. Eric Vornoff
Rating42% 2.104692.104692.104692.104692.10469
The film opens to the scene of an old, dark house in a stormy night. In the nearby woods, two hunters are caught in the "raging thunderstorm". Their conversation reveals that every night of the previous three months had its own storm, which the hunters find to be unnatural weather. They decide to seek refuge in Willows House, identifying the old house, which is supposedly abandoned and haunted. When they reach Willows House, they find it to be occupied and the current owner repeatedly denies them hospitality. One of the hunters attempts to use his rifle to force his entry into the house, but at this point a menacing giant (played by Tor Johnson) appears and scares the intruders away.
Glen or Glenda, 1h5
Directed by Ed Wood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Documentary
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Sexploitation films, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Documentaire sur l'homosexualité, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Ed Wood, Dolores Fuller, Timothy Farrell, Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot, Daniel Davis
Roles Scientist
Rating42% 2.1035952.1035952.1035952.1035952.103595
The film begins with a narrator, called The Scientist, making cryptic comments about humanity. He first comments that humanity's constant search for the unknown, results in startling things coming to light. But most of these "new" discoveries are actually quite old, to which he refers to as "the signs of the ages". Later, the scene turns to the streets of a city, with the narrator commenting that each human has his/her own thoughts, ideas, and personality. He makes further comments on human life, while sounds accompany some comments. The cries of a newborn baby are followed by the sirens of an ambulance. One is a sign that a new life has begun, the other that a life has ended.
Mother Riley Meets the Vampire, 1h14
Directed by John Gilling
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Bela Lugosi, Dora Bryan, Richard Wattis, Graham Moffatt, David Hurst, Judith Furse
Roles Von Housen
Rating33% 1.6922051.6922051.6922051.6922051.692205
Von Housen seeks to dominate the world from his headquarters in London with an army of 50,000 radar controlled robots powered by uranium. He believes himself to be a vampire and has several young women abducted, most recently Julia Loretti who has a map to a uranium mine that he needs for his army.
Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla, 1h14
Directed by William Beaudine
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films, Comedy horror films
Actors Bela Lugosi, Duke Mitchell, Sammy Petrillo, Muriel Landers, Al Kikume, Mickey Simpson
Roles Dr. Zabor
Rating37% 1.8587251.8587251.8587251.8587251.858725
On their way to perform in Guam for the troops, nightclub performers Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo find themselves stranded on a seemingly treacherous island, known by the natives as "Kola Kola". The natives are quite friendly, especially Nona, the tribal chief's daughter, who tries to help the two get off the island. Though Paradise has been found, for the time being, the duo soon discovers that a mad scientist named Dr. Zabor (Bela Lugosi), lives on the other side of the island. Seeing a chance to get help, the two visit the strange doctor. Tension mounts as Duke falls in love with Nona. Seeing Duke as a threat, a jealous Dr. Zabor plans to literally make a monkey out of Duke, for he too loves Nona. Sammy tries to help his pal, with unexpected results.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1h23
Directed by Charles Barton
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about computing, Films about magic and magicians, Films based on science fiction novels, Comedy science fiction films, Wolves in film, Dracula films, Frankenstein films, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film, Comedy horror films, Cyberpunk films, Buddy films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney, Jr., Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange, Jane Randolph
Roles Count Dracula
Rating73% 3.6981253.6981253.6981253.6981253.698125
Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.) is making an urgent call from London to a Florida railway station where Chick Young (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Lou Costello) work as baggage clerks. Wilbur answers the phone and Talbot tries to impart to him the danger of a shipment due to arrive for the "McDougal House Of Horrors" (a local wax museum) which purportedly contains the actual bodies of Count Dracula (Béla Lugosi) and the Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange). However, before he is able to warn Wilbur, a full moon rises and Talbot transforms into a werewolf, who proceeds to destroy his apartment while Wilbur is on the line. Wilbur, thinking the call is just a prank, hangs up and continues on with his work day. Immediately thereafter, the actual Mr. McDougal (Frank Ferguson) shows up to claim the shipments and, fearing them damaged when Wilbur and Chick mishandle them, demands that the crates be delivered in person so his insurance agent can inspect them.
Scared to Death, 1h7
Directed by Christy Cabanne
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Comedy, Horror
Actors Bela Lugosi, George Zucco, Nat Pendleton, Molly Lamont, Joyce Compton, Roland Varno
Roles Prof Leonide
Rating39% 1.9660151.9660151.9660151.9660151.966015
The film opens with the disclosure by morgue examiners that a beautiful woman has literally died of fright. The plot reveals how she reached the fatal stage of terror.
Genius at Work, 1h1
Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Anne Jeffreys, Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi, Ralph Dunn
Roles Stone
Rating53% 2.6714352.6714352.6714352.6714352.671435
This script must be run from the command line
The Body Snatcher, 1h18
Directed by Robert Wise
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Crime
Actors Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Edith Atwater, Russell Wade, Rita Corday
Roles Joseph
Rating72% 3.6471353.6471353.6471353.6471353.647135
The year is 1831 in Edinburgh. A mother stands in mourning over her son's grave. A medical student, Donald Fettes, reassures her that her son's body is secure in its final resting place.
Zombies on Broadway, 1h9
Directed by Gordon Douglas, Gordon Dines
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Monde imaginaire, Transport films, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Comedy horror films, Disaster films
Actors Alan Carney, Bela Lugosi, Wally Brown, Anne Jeffreys, Sheldon Leonard, Frank Jenks
Roles Dr. Paul Renault
Rating54% 2.708582.708582.708582.708582.70858
The duo of Jerry Miles and Mike Strager are employed as Broadway press agents. Miles and Strager's latest idea is to hire a genuine zombie for the opening of a new nightclub. The boys head to the Caribbean island of San Sebastian where they meet the beautiful cabaret singer Jean la Dance. In exchange for her help, Jean wants passage off the island. Miles and Strager eventually meet up with the zombie expert Professor Renault. Unknown to them, the professor's zombie has captured Jean and brought her to the Professor's secret laboratory, While Miles and Strager investigate the house, Jean awakes to find herself gagged and strapped to a table as the Professor's next test subject. Before he can proceed to give Jean the serum his guard dogs detect intruders. Jean is quickly spirited to a secret dungeon where she is tied up but manages to escape. Strager becomes "zombified" by being under the spell of Renault's secret formula and Miles, la Dance, and Strager return home. When Strager comes out of his trance, the boys must face the wrath of Ace Miller, a nightclub owner, who is more frightening then anything they've seen yet.
Voodoo Man
Voodoo Man (1944)
, 1h2
Directed by William Beaudine
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Themes Zombie films
Actors Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, George Zucco, Wanda McKay, Louise Currie, Bill Corbett
Roles Dr. Richard Marlowe
Rating53% 2.6595852.6595852.6595852.6595852.659585
Nicholas (George Zucco) runs a filling station in the sticks. In reality, he is helping Dr. Richard Marlowe (Bela Lugosi) capture comely young ladies, so he transfera their life essences to his long-dead wife. Also assisting is Toby (John Carradine), who lovingly shepherds the leftover zombie girls and pounds on bongos during voodoo ceremonies. The hero is a Hollywood screenwriter who, at the end of the picture, turns the experience into a script titled "Voodoo Man." When his producer asks who should star in it, the hero suggests ... Bela Lugosi.