Happy Birthday to Bela Lugosi, my male horror lead choice of the week! His iconic character, Dracula, has achieved immortality on and off screen. However, there's more to Lugosi than fangs and a foreign accent.
Bela Lugosi originally played the legendary vampire in a Broadway adaptation. Appearing in a California stage production of Dracula helped him land the role for the film. And the rest is history.
What I really notice about Lugosi, however, is the passion he put into his work. His roles are memorable even when the movies are not. We might find some films dull, boring, or flawed but we always remember Bela. His presence is commanding, drawing you in and seducing you with quiet intimidation. He will never be forgotten, on this day or any other.
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