Bela Lugosi

Bela Lugosi

Highest Rated: 100% Black Friday (1940)

Lowest Rated: 25% Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943)

Birthday: Oct 20, 1882

Birthplace: Lugos, Austria-Hungary

Though he achieved a great deal of fame for playing Count Dracula both on stage and on the screen, actor Bela Lugosi suffered a lifetime of being typecast as a horror villain or mad scientist - a problem that was only exacerbated by a serious morphine addiction later in his career. Lugosi started making movies in his native Hungary and moved on to German productions before finally landing in the United States. After a number of supporting roles, he was the lead in a highly successful stage production of "Dracula" (1927) in New York, which eventually led to him starring in the 1931 film adaptation. "Dracula" became a box office hit and propelled the thickly accented Lugosi into a number of horror movies, including "White Zombie" (1932), "The Black Cat" (1934) and "The Raven" (1935). Almost immediately, he recognized the danger of being typecast, but failed to break free of the confines of horror despite his best efforts. Even an acclaimed performance in the comedy "Ninotchka" (1939) written by Billy Wilder did nothing to shake convention. He spent the 1940s in a string of mediocre B-flicks while growing increasingly dependant on morphine, only to be briefly rescued from obscurity by notorious filmmaker, Ed Wood, who cast him in "Glen or Glenda" (1953) and "Bride of the Monster" (1955), widely cited as two of the worst movies ever made. Despite an ignominious end to his life and career, Lugosi was nonetheless instrumental in bringing the horror genre to prominence - an influence felt well into the next century.

Highest rated movies

Black Friday
Ninotchka
Son of Frankenstein
Dracula The Wolf Man Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
The Black Cat
Island of Lost Souls

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
58% 50% Extraordinary Tales Narrator: The Tell-Tale Heart (Voice) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lugosi - Hollywood's Dracula Unknown (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 83% Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora Unknown (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best Show in Town Unknown (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The World of Abbott and Costello Count Dracula (Character) - 1965
68% 45% Plan 9 From Outer Space Ghoul Man (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 34% The Black Sleep Casimir (Character) - 1956
50% 28% Bride of the Monster Dr. Eric Vornoff (Character) - 1955
36% 33% I Changed My Sex Scientist (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother Riley Meets the Vampire Von Housen (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 0% My Son, the Vampire Von Housen (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire Von Housen (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vampire Over London Von Housen (Character) - 1952
29% 16% Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla Dr. Zabor (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lock Your Doors Dr. James Brewster (Character) - 1949
89% 85% Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Count Dracula (Character) - 1948
63% 17% Scared to Death Prof. Leonide (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Genius at Work Stone (Character) - 1946
85% 75% The Body Snatcher Joseph (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 32% Zombies on Broadway Professor Paul Renault (Character) - 1945
75% 33% The Return of the Vampire Armand Tesla/Dr. Hugo Bruckner (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 50% Return of the Ape Man Prof. Dexter (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 32% One Body Too Many Merkil (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 10% Voodoo Man Dr. Richard Marlowe (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 33% Ghosts on the Loose Emil (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 14% The Ape Man Dr. James Brewster (Character) - 1943
25% 56% Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman The Frankenstein Monster (Character) - 1943
75% 40% The Ghost of Frankenstein Ygor (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 17% Bowery at Midnight Professor Brenner / Karl Wagner (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 18% Black Dragons Dr. Melcher / Monsieur Colomb (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet SOS Coast Guard Boroff/M.A. Anderson (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 29% The Corpse Vanishes Dr. George Lorenz (Character) - 1942
60% 27% Night Monster Rolf (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 38% Spooks Run Wild Nardo (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 28% The Invisible Ghost Dr. Charles Kessler (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 34% The Black Cat Eduardo Vigos (Character) - 1941
90% 80% The Wolf Man Bela (Character) - 1941
64% 31% The Devil Bat Dr. Paul Carruthers (Character) - 1941
100% 49% Black Friday Eric Marnay (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 21% The Saint's Double Trouble Partner (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 52% You'll Find Out Prince Saliano (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 22% The Gorilla Peters (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 30% The Phantom Creeps Dr. Alex Zorka/Dr. Zane (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 39% The Human Monster Dr. Feodor Orloff/Prof. John Dearborn (Character) - 1939
95% 71% Son of Frankenstein Ygor (Character) - 1939
97% 89% Ninotchka Commissar Razinin (Moscow Board of Trade) (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet SOS Coast Guard Boroff (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 8% Shadow of Chinatown Victor Poten (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 60% Postal Inspector Gregory Benez (Character) - 1936
67% 51% The Invisible Ray Dr. Felix Benet (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 17% Mysterious Mr. Wong Mr. Fu Wong / Li See (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 25% Chandu on the Magic Island Frank Chandler (Character) - 1935
80% 74% The Raven Dr. Richard Vollin (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 19% Phantom Ship Anton Lorenzen/A. Gottlieb (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 27% Murder by Television Dr. Arthur Perry/Edwin Perry (Character) - 1935
80% 46% Mark of the Vampire Count Mora (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gift of Gab Unknown (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 43% The Return of Chandu Frank Chandler (Character) - 1934
89% 70% The Black Cat Dr. Vitus Werdegast (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 37% The Death Kiss Joseph Steiner (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 17% Night of Terror Degar (Character) - 1933
88% 82% Island of Lost Souls Sayer of the Law (Character) - 1933
79% 47% Murders in the Rue Morgue Dr. Mirakle (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 43% Chandu, the Magician Roxor (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chandu Roxor (Character) - 1932
86% 58% White Zombie 'Murder' Legendre (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Women of All Nations Prince Hassan (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 59% The Black Camel Tarneverro/Arthur Mayo (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fifty Million Frenchmen Orizon (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Broadminded Pancho Arango (Character) - 1931
94% 82% Dracula Count Dracula (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 8% The Thirteenth Chair Inspector Delzante (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Midnight Girl Nicholas Harmon (Character) - 1925

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow of Chinatown Victor Poten (Character) 1936-1937