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Bela Lugosi

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Invisible... The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts... more info $10.95was $14.99 Buy Now

The Devil Bat ... A deranged scientist (Bela Lugosi) develops an aftershave lotion that incites... more info $8.95was $9.99 Buy Now

Hollywood... "Doctor X" (1932) is an early shock classic with Lionel Atwill as a Long Island... more info $22.46was $29.99 Buy Now

Voodoo Man ... Bela Lugosi (Dracula) stars as Dr. Richard Marlowe, a "mad" scientist intent on... more info $18.71was $24.95 Buy Now

The Dark Eyes... Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured... more info $11.95was $14.99 Buy Now

Mystery of the... This long-sought-after Bela Lugosi film is based on a real-life occurrence, and... more info $11.95was $10.99 Buy Now

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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