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29th Dec '12 2:51:34 AM Liveangel
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28th Dec '12 8:43:48 PM JIKTV
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'''Bela Lugosi''' (1882-1956; born ''Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó'') was a Hungarian-born stage and screen actor mostly known for his work in horror movies, in particular the title role in the [[Film/{{Dracula}} 1931 version]] of ''{{Dracula}}''. Following this film's success, he suffered severely from type-casting and the limitations of his heavy native accent, and spent the vast bulk of his career eking out a living in various low-budget productions, culminating (if that is the word) in his work with director Creator/EdWood.

He worked on several occasions with/was overshadowed by BorisKarloff. He managed to make a sort of comeback in death, however, when Martin Landau won an Oscar for his brilliant potrayal of Lugosi in TimBurton's 1994 film ''Film/EdWood''.

Other notable or infamous movies in which he appeared: ''Film/WhiteZombie'', ''Film/MurdersInTheRueMorgue'', ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'', ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'' (as Ygor, generally regarded as one of his best performances), ''Film/TheGhostOfFrankenstein'', ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', ''GlenOrGlenda'' and ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''. He also had a supporting role in the classic Greta Garbo comedy ''{{Ninotchka}}'', and many ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fans will also remember him from the serial ''The Phantom Creeps'' ([[MemeticMutation "Zees vill zimplify everytink!"]]), as well as the movie ''Film/BrideOfTheMonster'' ([[MemeticMutation "He tampered in God's domain"]]).

Also rather well known for being [[Music/{{Bauhaus}} dead]].

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!!Bela Lugosi is known for these tropes:

* AllInTheEyes: Multiple movies would make good use out of an illuminated close-up of Lugosi's. Dracula aside, both White Zombie and its sequel (which Béla wasn't actually in, funny enough) used this effect.
** Many people say that Bela wasn't that great of an actor, but pretty much everyone agrees that those eyes of his... those eyes... eyes that pierce you to your very soul. There is no escaping them... Uh. That is to say: Most people agree that he could use his eyes to amazing effect.
* BadassCape
* BlackCloak: Buried with one, too, at his request.
* CatchPhrase:
** "I never drink.... '''''wine'''''."
** "Pull the strings!"
* ClassicalMovieVampire: He was the original.
* CompellingVoice
* CreatorBacklash: Lugosi and Dracula. In his own words, Dracula ended up being both "a curse and a blessing".
* DramaticPause: Somewhat justified in the fact that English is ''quite'' different from Hungarian (so different that the heavy accent it leaves when transitioning to English probably made his English sound worse than it actually did to most people. He was actually a very good speaker!) In fact, in 1934's ''Film/TheBlackCat'', he has a small bit of dialogue in Hungarian, and naturally, the delivery of it flows like melted butter.
* FakeShemp: In Plan9FromOuterSpace.
* GallowsHumor: It's been attributed, to quite a few people, that PeterLorre said at Lugosi's funeral; "Should we put a stake through him...just in case?"
* GoshDangItToHeck: Bela Lugosi did not swear (not much, anyway), but ''Film/EdWood'' made him give a [[ClusterFBomb whole lot of it]].
* IDoNotDrinkWine: Dracula didn't, but Béla? It's said he was quite a fan.
* TheIgor: His role in ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'' helped codify this trope. He's the original Ygor!
* LargeHam: He made it work, though.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The man's name, and most of his characters.
* StageName: He was born Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, and took the name Lugosi from his hometown of Lugos, Hungary (which is now Lugoj, Romania).
* TypeCasting: The posterboy of the trope, sadly.
** Lugosi before ''Dracula'' had been a romantic lead in European, mostly Hungarian, films during the Silent Era. The only time he managed to get such a role in the United States was in ''Ninotchka''.
** PlayingAgainstType - Lugosi played the title hero in the serial "The Return of Chandu" (A sequel to the serial where Lugosi played Chandu's nemesis.).
* UniversalHorror: The genre in which he did his most famous work.
* VampiresAreSexGods
* VampireVords: Ironically enough, he had no problems pronouncing his W's.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet

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20th Oct '12 5:47:09 AM erforce
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Other notable or infamous movies in which he appeared: ''Film/WhiteZombie'', ''Film/MurdersInTheRueMorgue'', ''Film/TheWolfMan'', ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'' (as Ygor, generally regarded as one of his best performances), ''Film/TheGhostOfFrankenstein'', ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', ''GlenOrGlenda'' and ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''. He also had a supporting role in the classic Greta Garbo comedy ''{{Ninotchka}}'', and many ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fans will also remember him from the serial ''The Phantom Creeps'' ([[MemeticMutation "Zees vill zimplify everytink!"]]), as well as the movie ''Film/BrideOfTheMonster'' ([[MemeticMutation "He tampered in God's domain"]]).

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Other notable or infamous movies in which he appeared: ''Film/WhiteZombie'', ''Film/MurdersInTheRueMorgue'', ''Film/TheWolfMan'', ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'', ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'' (as Ygor, generally regarded as one of his best performances), ''Film/TheGhostOfFrankenstein'', ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', ''GlenOrGlenda'' and ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''. He also had a supporting role in the classic Greta Garbo comedy ''{{Ninotchka}}'', and many ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fans will also remember him from the serial ''The Phantom Creeps'' ([[MemeticMutation "Zees vill zimplify everytink!"]]), as well as the movie ''Film/BrideOfTheMonster'' ([[MemeticMutation "He tampered in God's domain"]]).
13th Oct '12 3:48:22 PM DynamicDragon
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* WhiteDwarfStarlet

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* WhiteDwarfStarletWhiteDwarfStarlet

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10th Aug '12 11:30:10 AM Mareon
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* GallowsHumor: It's been attributed, to quite a few people, that someone said at Lugosi's funeral; "Should we put a stake through him...just in case?"

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* GallowsHumor: It's been attributed, to quite a few people, that someone PeterLorre said at Lugosi's funeral; "Should we put a stake through him...just in case?"
14th Jun '12 11:30:41 PM NetRolller3D
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* FakeShemp: In Plan9FromOuterSpace.
1st Jun '12 2:26:58 PM Patachou
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** "Pull the string!"

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** "Pull the string!"strings!"



* LargeHam: He made it work, though.


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* LargeHam: He made it work, though.
27th May '12 1:33:47 PM erforce
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* DramaticPause: Somewhat justified in the fact that English is ''quite'' different from Hungarian (so different that the heavy accent it leaves when transitioning to English probably made his English sound worse than it actually did to most people. He was actually a very good speaker!) In fact, in 1934's ''TheBlackCat'', he has a small bit of dialogue in Hungarian, and naturally, the delivery of it flows like melted butter.

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* DramaticPause: Somewhat justified in the fact that English is ''quite'' different from Hungarian (so different that the heavy accent it leaves when transitioning to English probably made his English sound worse than it actually did to most people. He was actually a very good speaker!) In fact, in 1934's ''TheBlackCat'', ''Film/TheBlackCat'', he has a small bit of dialogue in Hungarian, and naturally, the delivery of it flows like melted butter.



* TheIgor: His role in ''SonOfFrankenstein'' helped codify this trope. He's the original Ygor!

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* TheIgor: His role in ''SonOfFrankenstein'' ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'' helped codify this trope. He's the original Ygor!
27th May '12 1:32:00 PM erforce
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Other notable or infamous movies in which he appeared: ''Film/WhiteZombie'', ''Film/MurdersInTheRueMorgue'', ''TheWolfMan'', ''SonOfFrankenstein'' (as Ygor, generally regarded as one of his best performances), ''TheGhostOfFrankenstein'', ''AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', ''GlenOrGlenda'' and ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''. He also had a supporting role in the classic Greta Garbo comedy ''{{Ninotchka}}'', and many ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fans will also remember him from the serial ''The Phantom Creeps'' ([[MemeticMutation "Zees vill zimplify everytink!"]]), as well as the movie ''BrideOfTheMonster'' ([[MemeticMutation "He tampered in God's domain"]]).

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Other notable or infamous movies in which he appeared: ''Film/WhiteZombie'', ''Film/MurdersInTheRueMorgue'', ''TheWolfMan'', ''SonOfFrankenstein'' ''Film/TheWolfMan'', ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'' (as Ygor, generally regarded as one of his best performances), ''TheGhostOfFrankenstein'', ''AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', ''Film/TheGhostOfFrankenstein'', ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', ''GlenOrGlenda'' and ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''. He also had a supporting role in the classic Greta Garbo comedy ''{{Ninotchka}}'', and many ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fans will also remember him from the serial ''The Phantom Creeps'' ([[MemeticMutation "Zees vill zimplify everytink!"]]), as well as the movie ''BrideOfTheMonster'' ''Film/BrideOfTheMonster'' ([[MemeticMutation "He tampered in God's domain"]]).
7th Apr '12 11:15:03 AM MarkLungo
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Other notable or infamous movies in which he appeared: ''Film/WhiteZombie'', ''Film/MurdersInTheRueMorgue'', ''TheWolfMan'', ''SonOfFrankenstein'' (as Ygor, generally regarded as one of his best performances), ''TheGhostOfFrankenstein'', ''AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', ''GlenOrGlenda'' and ''PlanNineFromOuterSpace''. He also had a supporting role in the classic Greta Garbo comedy ''{{Ninotchka}}'', and many ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fans will also remember him from the serial ''The Phantom Creeps'' ([[MemeticMutation "Zees vill zimplify everytink!"]]), as well as the movie ''BrideOfTheMonster'' ([[MemeticMutation "He tampered in God's domain"]]).

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Other notable or infamous movies in which he appeared: ''Film/WhiteZombie'', ''Film/MurdersInTheRueMorgue'', ''TheWolfMan'', ''SonOfFrankenstein'' (as Ygor, generally regarded as one of his best performances), ''TheGhostOfFrankenstein'', ''AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', ''GlenOrGlenda'' and ''PlanNineFromOuterSpace''.''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''. He also had a supporting role in the classic Greta Garbo comedy ''{{Ninotchka}}'', and many ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fans will also remember him from the serial ''The Phantom Creeps'' ([[MemeticMutation "Zees vill zimplify everytink!"]]), as well as the movie ''BrideOfTheMonster'' ([[MemeticMutation "He tampered in God's domain"]]).
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