A hundred and twenty nine years ago, the man that would always be associated with the role of Count Dracula, Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó was born. We know him better as Bela Lugosi and he first played the role in the 1927 Broadway production of Bram Stoker’s novel. But Lugosi is probably best known for his portrayal in the 1931 Universal Studios cinematic version of Dracula. His naturally, heavily accented voice and creepy smile would for ever more be associated with the character of Count Dracula and the role would, unfortunately, typecast Lugosi into the role of a horror villain for the remainder of his career.
His later work with B-movie legend Ed Wood was well documented in Tim Burton’s 1994 biopic about the director. Wood was a huge fan of Lugosi’s and would give him star billing in such films as Glen or Glenda and Plan 9 from Outer Space but by the time Lugosi made Wood’s association he was a Demerol addict and living in near-poverty. Read the rest of this entry »