Facts About Bela Lugosi To Sink Your Teeth Into

Famous for playing monsters in classic Hollywood movies, Bela Lugosi’s life on and off the screen was filled with dramatic turns no one could see coming. Playing roles that made him a bigger name than Clark Gable, fame proved to be a lot for the horror icon to handle. From disputes with co-stars on set to being unable to find respectable dramatic work later in his career, Lugosi became haunted by his roles. Here is everything you need to know about Bela Lugosi. Sink your teeth into cinema’s most famous Count Dracula!

No Star Was Bigger In 1931

bela lugosi was a huge star in 1931
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In 1931, Bela Lugosi became an instant Hollywood icon playing the title role in Dracula. His performance turned him into Tinseltown’s biggest star. At a time when Clark Gable was thought of as everyone’s first choice, it was Lugosi who was arguably the hotter commodity.

In an interview years after playing the count, both on-screen and on Broadway, Lugosi said most of his fans were female. “When I was on the stage in Dracula, my audiences were composed mostly of women,” he confessed.