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Blaskó, Béla Ferenc Dezső (Lugosi, Bela)

Born: 1882 AD
Died: 1956 AD, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: Romanian
Categories: Actors


1882 - Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Deszö Blaskó on October 20th in Lugos, Hungary.

1893 - He was the son of a banker, Istvan, who kept a strict house. Bela ran away to the city of Resita at the age of eleven, never returning again to his hometown.

1898 - He moved to Szadbadka, where he found his sister Vilma and his mother, who told him his father had died after losing the family savings. He entered school again, but stayed for only four months. It was back to the theatres for Bela.

1914-1916 - He served the Hungarian Army.

1917 - Married to Ilona Szmik.

         - It was also during this time that he began appearing in movies. His first picture was A Leopárd, in which he played the lead role.

1921 - Married to Ilona von Montagh.

1923 - His first American film was The Silent Command, a suspenseful spy movie in which Bela played the bad guy.

1929 - Married to Beatrice Woodruff Weeks.

         - He took on the role of Count Dracula in Horace Liveright's play in place of actor Raymond Huntley.

1931 - Married to Lilian Arch.

         - Naturalized as an American citizen.

1955 - Married to Hope Lininger.

         - In the mid-fifties, Bela met up with a young writer-director-producer-actor named Edward D. Wood, Jr. Bela appeared in several of Wood's films, playing the lead only once, in Bride of the Monster as Dr. Eric Vornoff.

         - Bela had himself commited to the Los Angeles County General Hospital in April to help him recover from a morphine addiction.

1956 - Died on August 16th in Los Angeles, California due to heart failure. Bela died at the age of 73.


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