Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Countdown, Day 20: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELA LUGOSI!
There have been many actors who have taken on the role of Count Dracula, but there will always be one name synonymous with the infamous Count, and that is Bela Lugosi.
Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó was born October 20th, 1882, in Lugos, just outside the western border or Transylvania (how appropriate!), in what is now Romania. Bela started acting at a young age, in theater, playing many types of diverse roles, from Shakespeare to playing Jesus Christ.
Bela eventually made the transition to film, where he acted in many films, building up a massive resume' before eventually landing the role of Dracula. Bela went on to become one of the most famous names in horror. Read all about Bela's fascinating life on his Wikipedia page. Happy birthday to the original Prince of Darkness!