~Bela Lugosi~

Born: October 20, 1882 in Lugos, Austia-Hungry - now Lugoj, Romania
Died: August 16, 1956 in Los Angeles, California, USA
~Los Angeles Times, 1993~
Bela Lugosi may have started as a classical actor in Hungary, but it didn't take long for him to turn into a
monster after his Hollywood arrival in the early 1930s.

As just about everybody knows, Lugosi became the Count in the 1931 version of "Dracula," which has
gone down as the quintessential vampire movie. There have been numerous Dracula incarnations since,
but Lugosi's is the one most people remember.

Shortly after Lugosi's success in "Dracula," he was offered the monster role in "Frankenstein." But Lugosi
refused, thinking the character was beneath him. Instead, he took a role in "Murders in the Rue Morgue,"
which came out in 1932 but was not a great commercial success.

Lugosi rebounded with "White Zombie" later in 1932. The story—about a Haitian sugar mill owner,
Murder Legendre (Lugosi), who reduces labor costs by employing a zombie work force—was weird
enough to satisfy Lugosi's Gothic instincts. Realizing he needed to recover from "Murders in the Rue
Morgue," Lugosi took the reins from director Victor Halperin early in the shoot and made one of his
better films.

Although he appeared in minor roles in a few good movies ("Ninotchka" with Greta Garbo in 1939 stands
out), the string of mediocre to bad budget vehicles that came later were numerous, as Lugosi slowly
slipped from the big-time. He eventually went on to revive "Dracula" on stage in cities across the country.

"Plan 9 From Outer Space," a sci-fi disaster widely considered the worst movie ever made, was his last
film. Lugosi, a drug addict, died two days into the shooting, and the director had to replace him with a
younger (and much taller) actor.

— Mark Chalon Smith in the Los Angeles Times Nov. 11, 1993
~Silent Filmography~
Prisoners (1929/I) .... Brottos, Nightclub Owner
The Veiled Woman (1929) .... Murdered suitor
How to Handle Women (1928) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
... aka Fresh Every Hour (copyright title)
... aka The Prince of K'nuts (UK)
... aka The Prince of Peanuts
Punchinello (1926) .... Harlequin
Daughters Who Pay (1925) .... Serge Romonsky
The Midnight Girl (1925) .... Nicholas Harmon
He Who Gets Slapped (1924) (unconfirmed) (uncredited) .... Clown Extra
The Rejected Woman (1924) .... Jean Gagnon
The Silent Command (1923) .... Hisston
Ihre Hoheit die Tänzerin (1922)
Apachenrache, 3. Teil - Die verschwundene Million (1921)
... aka Apachenrache, 3. Teil (Germany: short title)
... aka Die verschwundene Million (Germany: subtitle)
... aka Johann Hopkins, der Dritte (Germany: alternative title)
... aka John Hopkins the Third (International: English title)
Die Todeskarawane (1920) .... Scheik
... aka Auf den Trümmern des Paradieses, 2. Teil (Germany)
... aka Caravan of Death (USA)
Lederstrumpf, 2. Teil: Der Letzte der Mohikaner (1920) .... Chingachook
... aka Last of the Mohicans (International: English title)
Auf den Trümmern des Paradieses (1920)
Das ganze Sein ist flammend Leid (1920)
Der Fluch der Menschheit - 2. Im Rausche der Milliarden (1920)
... aka In the Ecstasy of Billions (International: English title)
Lederstrumpf, 1. Teil: Der Wildtöter und Chingachgook (1920) .... Chingachgook
... aka The Deerslayer and Chingachgook
Der Januskopf (1920) .... Dr. Warren's Butler
... aka Der Januskopf - Eine Tragödie am Rande der Wirklichkeit (Germany: alternative title)
... aka Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (UK)
... aka Love's Mockery
... aka The Head of Janus
... aka The Janus Head
... aka The Two-Faced Man (USA: informal literal English title)
Nat Pinkerton im Kampf, 1. Teil - Das Ende des Artisten Bartolini (1920) .... Gang Leader
... aka Das Ende des Artisten Bartolini 1 (Germany)
Die Sklavenhalter von Kansas-City (1920) .... George Corvin
Der Tanz auf dem Vulkan - 2. Der Tod des Großfürsten (1920) .... Andre Fleurot
... aka Dance on the Volcano II (International: English title)
... aka Daughter of the Night (USA: recut version)
Der Tanz auf dem Vulkan - 1. Sybil Young (1920) .... Andrew Fleurot
... aka Dance on the Volcano I (International: English title)
... aka Daughter of the Night (USA: recut version)
Hypnose (1920)
... aka Hypnosis (International: English title)
... aka Sklaven fremden Willens (Germany: subtitle)
Die Teufelsanbeter (1920)
... aka The Devil Worshippers (USA: informal English title)
Der Fluch der Menschheit - 1. Die Tochter der Arbeit (1920) .... Reckless Saboteur
... aka The Curse of Man (International: English title)
Die Frau im Delphin, oder 30 Tage auf dem Meeresgrund (1920) .... Tom Bill
... aka The Woman in the Dolphin (International: English title)
99 (1918) (as Béla Lugosi)
... aka A 99-es számú bérkocsi (Hungary)
... aka Droschke 99
... aka Kilencvenkilenc (Hungary)
... aka Ninety Nine (International: English title)
Az élet királya (1918) (as Arisztid Olt) .... Lord Henry Wotton
... aka The Picture of Dorian Gray
Lili (1918) (as Arisztid Olt) .... Plinchard/General
... aka Egy nagymama naplójából (Hungary: subtitle)
Álarcosbál (1918)
... aka Masked Ball (USA)
Lulu (1918) (as Béla Lugosi)
Tavaszi vihar (1918)
... aka Spring Tempest (International: English title)
Casanova (1918) (as Olt Arisztid)
Küzdelem a létért (1918) (as Arisztid Olt) .... Orlay Pál,építész
... aka Kűzdelem a létért (Hungary)
... aka The Leopard
A Régiséggyüjtö (1917) (as Arisztid Olt)
... aka A régiséggyűjtő (Hungary)
Leoni Leo (1917) (as Arisztid Olt) .... Leoni Leo
Az ezredes (1917)
... aka The Colonel
Nászdal (1917) .... Bertram
... aka The Wedding Song (International: English title)