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Bela Lugosi

Bela Lugosi

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Also Known As: Died: August 16, 1956
Born: October 20, 1882 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Hungary Profession: Cast ...
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1902:
Began acting on stage in Dera, Hungary, under the name Bela Lugossy
1911:
Appeared in stage productions in Hungary
1917:
Screen debut (billed as Arisztid Olt) in "A Leopard"
1919:
To avoid political trouble in Hungary, moved to Germany
1921:
Immigrated to USA
1922:
Settled in NYC and formed the Hungarian Repertory Theatre
1922:
Made US stage debut in "The Red Poppy"
1923:
US film debut in "The Silent Command"
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Starred in the Broadway play "Arabesque"
1927:
Enjoyed success on Broadway playing the title role in a stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, "Dracula"
1931:
Achieved star status in films playing the title role in Tod Browning's film, "Dracula"
1934:
Appeared in the first of eight films which also featured noted horror star Boris Karloff, "The Black Cat"
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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
1939:
Had a cameo role in "Ninotchka"
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Acted primarily in B films during the 1940s for Universal and such "poverty-row" studios as Monogram and PRC
1948:
Played the role of Dracula for a second and final time in "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein"
1953:
First of three films for director Edward D Wood Jr "Glen or Glenda?"
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
1994:
Portrayed by Martin Landau (who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) in the biopic "Ed Wood"

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