Bela Lugosi

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  • Birth Name: Bela Blasko
  • Birth Place: Lugos, Austria-Hungary
  • Died: August 16, 1956
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Volunteered for military service in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I and was wounded on the Russian Front.
  • Made his film debut in The Leopard (1917) under the name Arisztid Olt.
  • Before learning English, learned his lines in English language roles phonetically, which led to his distinctive speaking manner.
  • Made his U.S. film debut in 1923 in The Silent Command.
  • His third wife, Beatrice Weeks, filed for divorce days after their 1929 wedding, naming actress Clara Bow as the other woman in the divorce papers.
  • Starred in the Broadway adaptation of Dracula before reprising the role in the 1931 film.
  • Originally chosen for the starring role in Frankenstein, but turned it down in favor of another film role.
  • Made his last appearance as Dracula in 1943 in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
  • Appeared in several Ed Wood movies, including Glen or Glenda? and the posthumously-released Plan 9 from Outer Space.
  • Buried in his Dracula cape.

Relationships

  • Lillian Arch — Ex-wife
  • Bela Lugosi Jr. — Son
  • Beatrice Weeks — Ex-wife
  • Istvan Blasko — Father
  • Laszlo Blasko — Brother
  • Vilma — Sister
  • Ilona von Montagh — Ex-wife
  • Ilona Szmik — Ex-wife
  • Paula Blasko — Mother
  • Lajos Blasko — Brother
  • Hope Lininger — Wife

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  • Birth Name: Bela Blasko
  • Birth Place: Lugos, Austria-Hungary
  • Died: August 16, 1956
  • Profession: Actor