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Bela Lugosi

Bela Lugosi as Dracula (1931)
Born Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó
(1882-10-20)20 October 1882
Lugos, Transylvania, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania)
Died 16 August 1956(1956-08-16) (aged 73)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery
Other names The King of Horror
Occupation Actor
Years active 1901/1902–1956
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Spouse(s) Ilona Szmick (m. 1917; div. 1920)
Ilona von Montagh (m. 1921; div. 1924)
Beatrice Weeks (m. 1929; div. 1929)
Lillian Arch (m. 1933; div. 1953)
Hope Lininger (m. 1955; his death 1956)
Children Bela George Lugosi
Parent(s) István Blaskó (father)
Paula de Vojnich (mother)
Website www.belalugosi.com

In the studio the director controls the actor's every move, every inflection, every expression.
Bela Lugosi
The stage is near and dear to me.
Women have a predestination to suffering.
It took me years to live down Dracula and convince the film producers that I would play almost any other type of role.
Bela Lugosi
The actor depends wholly on himself. He gives his performance in what, to him, seems the most effective manner.
Bela Lugosi
I have never met a vampire personally, but I don't know what might happen tomorrow.
Bela Lugosi
To win a woman, take her with you to see Dracula.
People, chained by monotony, afraid to think, clinging to certainties… they live like ants.
Bela Lugosi
Martyrdom was the price of enthusiasm for acting.
Because of my language and the pantomime with which most Europeans accompany their speech, I was catalogued as a heavy.
Bela Lugosi
Actors were exploited no less by the capitalist managers than they were by the state.
Bela Lugosi
I guess I'm pretty much of a lone wolf. I don't say I don't like people at all, but, to tell you the truth, I only like it then if I have a chance to look deep into their hearts and their minds.
Bela Lugosi
Death, the final, triumphant lover.
I never play without my cape.
I studied at the Budapest Academy of Theatrical Arts for four years and emerged with a degree.
Bela Lugosi
I'll take any story if it's good.
In Hungary, acting is a career for which one fits himself as earnestly as one studies for a degree in medicine, law, or philosophy.
Bela Lugosi
In making theories, always keep a window open so that you can throw one out if necessary.
Bela Lugosi
If my accent betrayed my foreign birth, it also stamped me as an enemy, in the imagination of the producers.
Bela Lugosi
There was no male vampire type in existence. Someone suggested an actor of the Continental School who could play any type, and mentioned me.
Bela Lugosi
If you are not serious, people will sense it.
The vampire was a complete change from the usual romantic characters I was playing, but it was a success.
Bela Lugosi
When a film company is in the red they come to me. Always it is the same.
I'd like to quit the supernatural roles and play just an interesting, down-to-earth person.
Bela Lugosi
I look in the mirror and say to myself, Can it be you once played Romeo?
The love-bite, it is the beginning. You will be irresistible.
You can't make people believe in you if you play a horror part with your tongue in your cheek.
Bela Lugosi
I have lived too completely, I think. I have known every human emotion.
It is women who bear the race in bloody agony. Suffering is a kind of horror. Blood is a kind of horror. Women are born with horror in their very bloodstream. It is a biological thing.
Bela Lugosi
My body grew hot, then cold. I tried to eat the bed sheets. My heart beat madly. Every joint in my body ached. When I took the cure they took it all away from me.
Bela Lugosi
It was hell to go through what I went through. I didn't know I had so many friends. Many people gave a damn about my situation. They helped cure me.
Bela Lugosi
The former ruling class kept the community of actors in ignorance by means of various lies.
Bela Lugosi

My close-up was magnificent!
My close-up was magnificent!
I'll be truthful. The weekly paycheck is the most important thing to me.
Bela Lugosi
Of all the roles I've done on the stage, I'm partial to Cyrano de Bergerac.
Bela Lugosi
I have played Dracula a thousand times on stage and I find I have become thoroughly settled in the technique of the stage and not of the screen.
Bela Lugosi
It took several years of hard work in small roles before I attained stardom.
Bela Lugosi
The screen magnifies everything, even the way you are thinking.
Circumstances made me the theatrical personality I am, which many people believe is also a part of my personal life.
Bela Lugosi
I don't have a dime left. I am dependent on my friends for food and a small old-age pension.
Bela Lugosi
In Hungary acting is a profession. In America it is a decision.
Without movie parts I was reduced to freak status. I just couldn't stand it.
Bela Lugosi
Every actor is somewhat mad, or else he'd be a plumber or a bookkeeper or a salesman.
Bela Lugosi
I enjoy my work. I haven't been an actor for 30 years without getting pleasure out of the profession.
Bela Lugosi
The role seemed to demand that I keep myself worked up to fever pitch, so I took on the actual attributes of the horrible vampire, Dracula.
Bela Lugosi
To portray a maniac offers a compelling challenge.
A screen actor is compensated in the knowledge that millions will see his performance at one time, where only hundreds will see it on the stage.
Bela Lugosi
It is women who love horror. Gloat over it. Feed on it. Are nourished by it. Shudder and cling and cry out-and come back for more.
Bela Lugosi