Monday, October 22, 2012

Today is...Bela Lugosi's Birthday

Saturday was the birth anniversary of Bela Lugosi.

Bela Lugosi is best known for playing Dracula in the 1931 film of Dracula.

Due to his Hungarian accent, he was often limited in what he could play and ended up often being typecast as the villain.

Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff often worked together, both being in the horror genre, with Karloff often getting top billing. According to Karloff, Lugosi was initially hesitant toward Karloff, but the two ended up being friendly toward one another. Though there are often reports that Lugosi was resentful of Karloff's success.

Later in life, Lugosi worked only in B movies, and most notably with Ed Wood, who found him living in near-poverty and offered him roles in his movies.

Lugosi's last film was Plan 9 from Outer Space (Why plan 9? Because that is the one that worked!). He had filmed only parts of a yet to be determined film when he died from a heart attack.

Wood's wife's chiropractor has a similar look to Lugosi if the face was ignored and ended up doubling for Lugosi, but with his face obscured by a cape.

Lugosi was buried wearing one of his Dracula capes by request of his wife and son.

Who is your favorite horror film villain?

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