Daily Deceased Fun Fact:
Bela Lugosi (20 October 1882 – 16 August 1956)
Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City CA
There have been many interpretations of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” over the years. However, there is one name that has become synonymous with Stoker’s horrifying creation, and that is Bela Lugosi. Lugosi, a classically trained actor, originated the role on stage, but was not Universal’s first choice for the movie. After winning the role one could say that he sure sunk his teeth into the part…Anyone? Anyone?
Typecasting soon followed, and at the end of his career he found himself as one of Ed Wood’s troupe of actors in such “masterpieces” as “Glen or Glenda,” and “Bride of the Monster.” Upon his death in 1956, Wood pieced together unused snippets of Lugosi, and for good or bad, inserted them into his opus “Plan 9 From Outer Space.”
The passage of time has been kinder to Lugosi and his career. Martin Landau won an Oscar for his portrayal of him in the 1994 Tim Burton film “Ed Wood,” and in 1997 he was honored with a U.S. stamp.
Not bad for someone who didn’t drink…wine.