Dracula both on stage and on film, Bela Lugosi was born Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko in Hungary, on this day in 1882. In addition to his famous role as the diabolical vampire, Lugosi acted in many horror films, also co-starring with Boris Karloff.
He lent his distinctive voice to radio series Suspense, Texaco Star Theatre, Candid Microphone, and Command Performance.
Later, the Goth rock band Bauhaus recorded a song called "Bela Lugosi's Dead."
Today, we commemorate the man's birth.