The Man Behind the Cape: The Bela Lugosi Quiz

By: Bambi Turner

Where was Lugosi born?

Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko was born in 1882 in Lugos, Hungary -- an area just across the border from Transylvania. He took his name Lugosi from the name of his hometown.

Lugosi was highly educated for his time.

The future star dropped out of school at age 11. He later went back for a few more months but largely spent his teen years working hard labor jobs like mining.

What type of performances did Lugosi do as part of the Hungarian Academy of Performing Arts?

At the start of the 20th century, Lugosi won a spot in the Shakespeare division of the Hungarian Academy of Performing Arts, where he acted in many great plays by the Bard.

Bela Lugosi fought in this war.

Despite the fact that he was exempt from service as a member of the Hungarian National Theater, Lugosi joined the fight against Russia in World War I in June 1914.

Why did Lugosi have to leave Hungary in 1919?

Lugosi supported revolutionary Bela Kun in the 1919 Hungarian Revolution. When Kun fell out of power, political pressure drove his supporters -- like Lugosi -- out of the country.

What was the first U.S. city that Lugosi settled in?

Lugosi traveled from Europe to New Orleans on a merchant ship in 1920 and soon moved to New York to continue his acting career.

What was Lugosi's first stage play in the U.S.?

Lugosi made his U.S. stage debut in "The Red Poppy" in 1922. The role was remarkable because Lugosi spoke no English at the time and actually memorized his lines phonetically in order to perform.

When did Lugosi put on Dracula's cape for the first time?

Lugosi played Dracula for the first time in 1927, when he starred as the horror legend on Broadway for six months before traveling the U.S. as Dracula for two years.

What famous monster movie did Lugosi turn down?

Lugosi was offered the part of the monster in the 1931 film "Frankenstein," but turned the role down because it had no dialogue and required too much makeup. Boris Karloff eventually took the role and went on to become a horror movie legend.

Bela Lugosi was not the first choice to star in the film version of "Dracula."

Bela Lugosi was never the first choice to play Dracula. He got the part largely because horror legend Lon Chaney died just before the film was produced.

What role does Lugosi play in "Murders in the Rue Morgue?"

Lugosi plays a mad scientist who injects women with ape blood in the 1932 film, which was inspired by an Edgar Allen Poe tale.

Where is the 1932 movie "White Zombie" set?"

In the 1932 horror film "White Zombie," Lugosi plays voodoo master Murder Legendre, who uses a potion to turn women into zombies in Haiti.

Where is the 1933 movie "International House" set?

Lugosi stars as jealous ex-husband Gen. Nicholas Petronovich in the film, which is set in a Chinese hotel.

Which 1935 film featured Lugosi as Dr. Richard Vollin?

In the 1935 horror flick "The Raven," Bela Lugosi stars as Dr. Richard Vollin -- a surgeon obsessed with torture devices and the stories of Edgar Allen Poe.

What role did Lugosi play in the 1934 movie "The Black Cat?"

Lugosi starred as psychiatrist Dr. Vitus Werdegast in the film, with Boris Karloff as architect Hjalmar Poelzig. Lugosi also acted in another unrelated film called "The Black Cat" in 1941.

What was Lugosi's role in "Son of Frankenstein?"

Lugosi played Ygor, an insane blacksmith and graverobber in the 1939 film. "Son of Frankenstein" also featured Boris Karloff in his final run as the monster.

What is the name of Lugosi's character in "The Body Snatcher?"

Lugosi plays Joseph, a doctor's assistant who is strangled for attempted blackmail in the 1945 film.

What classic monster did Lugosi play in "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein?"

The 1948 film "Abbott and Costello" meet Frankenstein featured three horror movie monster legends -- with Lon Chaney Jr as the Wolf Man, Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Glenn Strange as Frankenstein.

Who played Frankenstein in the 1942 movie "The Ghost of Frankenstein?"

The studios spent plenty of time shuffling different actors into iconic movie monster roles in the 30s and 40s. In the 1942 classic "The Ghost of Frankenstein," it was Lon Chaney Jr. who played the monster, while Lugosi starred as Ygor.

Where is Frankenstein hanging out when he meets the Wolf Man in the 1943 film "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man?"

Lon Chaney Jr. plays the Wolf Man, who rescues Frankenstein -- played by Lugosi -- from a block of ice in the 1943 film.

This director helped revitalize Lugosi's career in the 1950s.

Ed Wood was a huge Bela Lugosi fan when he cast the actor in a series of B-movies in the 1950s, a time when Lugosi was struggling with addiction.

How many films did Lugosi and Boris Karloff make together?

The legendary horror duo made eight films together, from "The Black Cat" in 1934 to "The Body Snatcher" in 1945.

What was Bela Lugosi's favorite sport?

Lugosi was such a huge soccer fan that he was named Honorary President of the Los Angeles Soccer League in 1935.

What was the name of the lab assistant in "Bride of the Monster?"

In yet another twist on the whole scientist/monster movie concept, Lugosi played Dr. Eric Vornoff in the 1955 film "Bride of the Monster." He was added by his mute lab assistant Lobo, played by Tor Johnson, as he carried out his crazy plans.

Who played Lugosi in the 1994 film "Ed Wood?"

Martin Landau starred as Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood," a movie inspired by the director's life and work.

Lugosi was a major collector of these.

Lugosi maintained a collection of more than 150,000 stamps and got his own stamp in 1997 when the U.S. Postal Service released a series inspired by classic movie monsters.

What was Lugosi's final film?

The 1959 film "Plan 9 from Outer Space" featured some silent footage of Lugosi dressed as a vampire, which was shot in 1956.

Who helped pay for Lugosi's drug addiction treatment in the 1950s?

While there's no evidence that Sinatra paid for Lugosi's funeral like the rumors state, the singer did fund portions of Lugosi's treatment for drug addiction during the 1950s.

How many times did Lugosi marry?

Lugois had five wives, including wife No. 3 -- who divorced him after accusing him of an affair with film star Clara Bow.

Lugosi was buried in his cape.

Lugosi was buried in one of his iconic Dracula capes when he died in 1956 at the age of 73.

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