Bela Lugosi

Actor
Though he achieved a great deal of fame for playing Count Dracula both on stage and on the screen, actor Bela Lugosi suffered a lifetime of being typecast as a horror villain or mad scientist - a problem that was only ... Read more »
Born: 10/19/1882 in Hungary

Filmography

Actor (53)

Plan 9 From Outer Space 1959 (Movie)

Ghoul Man (Actor)

The Black Sleep 1956 (Movie)

Casimir (Actor)

Bride of the Monster 1955 (Movie)

Dr Eric Vornoff (Actor)

Glen or Glenda 1953 (Movie)

The Spirit (Actor)

The Body Snatcher 1945 (Movie)

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Night Monster 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Black Cat 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wolf Man 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black Friday 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

You'll Find Out 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ninotchka 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Island of Lost Souls 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dracula 1931 (Movie)

Dracula (Actor)

White Zombie 1931 (Movie)

(Actor)

Women of All Nations 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

How to Handle Women 1927 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black Dragons (Movie)

Dr. Melcher Colomb (Actor)

Bowery at Midnight (Movie)

Prof. Brenner/Karl Wagner (Actor)

Chandu the Magician (Movie)

Roxor (Actor)

Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (Movie)

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Genius at Work (Movie)

Stone (Actor)

International House (Movie)

Gen. Petronovich (Actor)

Mark of the Vampire (Movie)

Count Mora (Actor)

Murder by Television (Movie)

Arthur Perry (Actor)

Night of Terror (Movie)

Degar (Actor)

One Body Too Many (Movie)

Larchmont Butler (Actor)

Return of the Ape Man (Movie)

Prof. Dexter (Actor)

Scared to Death (Movie)

Leonide (Actor)

Son of Frankenstein (Movie)

Ygor (Actor)

Spooks Run Wild (Movie)

Nardo, the Monster (Actor)

The Ape Man (Movie)

Dr. James Brewster (Actor)

The Black Camel (Movie)

Tarneverro (Actor)

The Corpse Vanishes (Movie)

Dr. Lorenz (Actor)

The Death Kiss (Movie)

Joseph Steiner (Actor)

The Devil Bat (Movie)

Dr. Paul Carruthers (Actor)

The Devil's in Love (Movie)

Military Prosecutor (Actor)

The Ghost of Frankenstein (Movie)

Ygor (Actor)

The Gorilla (Movie)

Peters (Actor)

The Invisible Ghost (Movie)

Dr. Charles Kessler (Actor)

The Invisible Ray (Movie)

Dr. Felix Benet (Actor)

The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Movie)

Dr. Mirakle (Actor)

The Mysterious Mr. Wong (Movie)

Mr. Wong (Actor)

The Phantom Creeps (Movie)

Dr. Alex Zorka (Actor)

The Return of Chandu (Movie)

Chandu (Actor)

The Return of the Vampire (Movie)

Armand Tesla (Actor)

The Saint's Double Trouble (Movie)

Partner (Actor)

The Silent Command (Movie)

Hisston (Actor)

The Thirteenth Chair (Movie)

Inspector Delzante (Actor)

Voodoo Man (Movie)

Dr. Richard Marlowe (Actor)

Wild Company (Movie)

Felix Brown (Actor)

Zombies on Broadway (Movie)

Dr. Paul Renault (Actor)

Biography

Though he achieved a great deal of fame for playing Count Dracula both on stage and on the screen, actor Bela Lugosi suffered a lifetime of being typecast as a horror villain or mad scientist - a problem that was only exacerbated by a serious morphine addiction later in his career. Lugosi started making movies in his native Hungary and moved on to German productions before finally landing in the United States. After a number of supporting roles, he was the lead in a highly successful stage production of "Dracula" (1927) in New York, which eventually led to him starring in the 1931 film adaptation. "Dracula" became a box office hit and propelled the thickly accented Lugosi into a number of horror movies, including "White Zombie" (1932), "The Black Cat" (1934) and "The Raven" (1935). Almost immediately, he recognized the danger of being typecast, but failed to break free of the confines of horror despite his best efforts. Even an acclaimed performance in the comedy "Ninotchka" (1939) written by Billy Wilder did nothing to shake convention. He spent the 1940s in a string of mediocre B-flicks while growing increasingly dependant on morphine, only to be briefly rescued from obscurity by notorious filmmaker, Ed Wood, who cast him in "Glen or Glenda" (1953) and "Bride of the Monster" (1955), widely cited as two of the worst movies ever made. Despite an ignominious end to his life and career, Lugosi was nonetheless instrumental in bringing the horror genre to prominence - an influence felt well into the next century.

Relationships

Lillian Arch

Wife
Married in 1933 divorced in 1953

Clara Bow Actor

Companion

Hope Linniger

Wife
Married Aug. 25, 1955 until his death Aug. 16, 1956

Bela Lugosi

Son
mother, Lillian Lugosi

Ilona Montagh

Wife
Married in 1921 Divorced in 1924

Ilona Szmik

Wife
Married in 1917 Divorced in 1920

Beatrice Weeks

Wife

EDUCATION

Budapest Academy of Music and Arts

Budapest

Superior Hungarian State Gymnasium

Milestones

1994

Portrayed by Martin Landau (who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) in the biopic "Ed Wood"

1956

Last film, "Plan 9 from Outer Space", directed by Wood; died during production; a double, keeping his face partly covered with a cape, stood in for Lugosi in several scenes

1953

First of three films for director Edward D Wood Jr "Glen or Glenda?"

1948

Played the role of Dracula for a second and final time in "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein"

1939

Had a cameo role in "Ninotchka"

1934

Appeared in the first of eight films which also featured noted horror star Boris Karloff, "The Black Cat"

1931

Achieved star status in films playing the title role in Tod Browning's film, "Dracula"

1927

Enjoyed success on Broadway playing the title role in a stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, "Dracula"

1923

US film debut in "The Silent Command"

1922

Settled in NYC and formed the Hungarian Repertory Theatre

1922

Made US stage debut in "The Red Poppy"

1921

Immigrated to USA

1919

To avoid political trouble in Hungary, moved to Germany

1917

Screen debut (billed as Arisztid Olt) in "A Leopard"

1911

Appeared in stage productions in Hungary

1902

Began acting on stage in Dera, Hungary, under the name Bela Lugossy

Starred in the Broadway play "Arabesque"

Worked in the German film industry as an actor

Was prescribed morphine treatments for shooting pains in his legs in the late 1930s; became accidentally addicted to morphine and later methadone (which he first took as a cure for his first addiction) for over two decades

Acted primarily in B films during the 1940s for Universal and such "poverty-row" studios as Monogram and PRC

Was a member of the National Theatre of Hungary

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