Began acting on stage in Dera, Hungary, under the name Bela Lugossy
Appeared in stage productions in Hungary
Was a member of the National Theatre of Hungary
Screen debut (billed as Arisztid Olt) in "A Leopard"
To avoid political trouble in Hungary, moved to Germany
Worked in the German film industry as an actor
Settled in NYC and formed the Hungarian Repertory Theatre
Made US stage debut in "The Red Poppy"
US film debut in "The Silent Command"
Starred in the Broadway play "Arabesque"
Enjoyed success on Broadway playing the title role in a stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, "Dracula"
Achieved star status in films playing the title role in Tod Browning's film, "Dracula"
Appeared in the first of eight films which also featured noted horror star Boris Karloff, "The Black Cat"
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
Had a cameo role in "Ninotchka"
Acted primarily in B films during the 1940s for Universal and such "poverty-row" studios as Monogram and PRC
Played the role of Dracula for a second and final time in "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein"
First of three films for director Edward D Wood Jr "Glen or Glenda?"
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
Portrayed by Martin Landau (who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) in the biopic "Ed Wood"