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Lugosi in PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.

About Bela Lugosi (1882 – 1956)

Bela Lugosi was born on October 20, 1882, in Lugos, Austria-Hungary.

On August 16, 1956, the great Bela Lugosi passed away in Los Angeles, California. He died from a heart attack. He was buried in his full Dracula costume, including a cape. Legend has it that when Bela Lugosi was found dead on the couch in his home, he was clutching a script called FINAL CURTAIN, written by his good friend Edward D. Wood Jr.

Bela Lugosi has been credited as Olt Arisztid and Arisztid Olt. His birth name is Béla Ferenc Dezsõ Blaskó and he goes by the nickname, Adelbert. During WWI, Bela volunteered and was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant. Bela Lugosi was wounded three times.

Bela Lugosi began his stage career in 1901. He started appearing in films during World War I, fleeing to Germany, in 1919, as a result of his left-wing political activity; (he organized an actors' union). In the mid '30s, Bela Lugosi helped organize the Screen Actors Guild, joining as member number 23. Bela Lugosi was one of the charter members of the Screen Actors Guild.

In 1920, Bela Lugosi emigrated to the U.S. and made a living as a character actor. He was shot to fame when he played COUNT DRACULA, in the legendary 1927 Broadway stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel. Bela is pictured on one of a set of five 32¢ US commemorative postage stamps, issued September 30th, 1997, celebrating "Famous Movie Monsters". He is shown as the title character in DRACULA; (1931).With an extensive Shakespearean career in Hungary, Bela Lugosi had roles in HAMLET, MACBETH, KING LEAR, TAMING OF THE SHREW, and RICHARD III.

Lugosi's first stage role in the US was in THE RED POPPY. Unable to speak English, Bela was forced to learn the role quickly. He was rewarded with excellent reviews and earned his first U.S. film role, a villainous part in THE SILENT COMMAND (1923) as a result.

In 1931, Bela Lugosi's performance in Tod Browning's DRACULA; (1931), created such a great sensation. He reportedly received more fan mail from females than even Clark Gable. Film rights to the play;(DRACULA), were sold to Universal, which announced that Lon Chaney would play the title role.

But Chaney's untimely death from cancer, in 1930, prompted producer-director, Tod Browning, to cast Lugosi instead. The movie, DRACULA; (1931), launched Universal's long-running cycle of horror movies, and made its star a household name overnight. In 1948, Bela Lugosi made his last good picture as Dracula, in ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN.

Bela Lugosi's notable movie credits include...

THE BLACK SHEEP (1956)
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)
BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (1955)
GLEN OR GLENDA (1953)
BELA LUGOSI MEET A BROOKLYN GORILLA (1952)
VAMPIRE OVER LONDON (1952)
SCARED TO DEATH (1947)
GENIUS AT WORK (1946)
ZOMBIES ON BROADWAY (1945)
ONE BODY TOO MANY (1944)
RETURN OF THE APE MAN (1944)
THE CORPSE VANISHES (1942)
THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942)
BLACK DRAGONS (1942)
THE WOLF MAN (1941)
SPOOKS RUN WILD (1941)
INVISIBLE GHOST (1941)
YOU'LL FIND OUT (1940)
THE DEVIL'S BAT (1940)
BLACK FRIDAY (1940)
THE SAINT'S DOUBLE TROUBLE (1940)
THE HUMAN MONSTER (1939)
THE PHANTOM CREEPS (1939)
NINTCHKA (1939)
THE GORILLA (1939)
SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939)
SOS COAST GUARD (1937)
SHADOW OF CHINATOWN (1936)
POSTAL INSPECTOR (1936)
THE INVISIBLE RAY (1936)
MURDER BY TELEVISION (1935)
THE RAVEN (1935)
PHANTOM SHIP (1935)
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935)
THE BEST MAN WINS (1935)
CHANDU OF THE MAGIC ISLAND (1935)
THE MYSTERIOUS MR. WONG (1934)
THE RETURN OF CHANDU (1934)
THE GIFT OF GAP (1934)
THE BLACK CAT (1934)
THE DEVIL'S IN LOVE (1933)
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE (1933)
NIGHT OF TERROR (1933)
THE WHISPERING SHADOW (1933)
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932)
THE DEATH KISS (1932)
WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)
CHANDU THE MAGICIAN (1932)
MURDERS IN THE RUE MORQUE (1932)
BROADMINDED (1931)
THE BLACK CAMEL (1931)
WOMEN OF ALL NATIONS (1931)
50 MILLION FRENCHMEN (1931)
DER JANUSKOPF (1920)
MOTHER RILEY MEETS THE VAMPIRE (1952)
ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948)
THE BODY SNATCHER (1945)
VOODOO MAN (1944)
GHOSTS ON THE LOOSE (1943)
THE APE MAN (1943)
FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (1943)
THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942)
THE MYSTERIOUS MR. WONG (1934)
SUSPENSE (TV SERIES 1949)

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Bela Lugosi in PLAN 9
FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)
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