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Bela Lugosi Height, Weight, Age, Death, Spouse, Children

Bela Lugosi Quick Info
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 79 kg
Date of Birth October 20, 1882
Zodiac Sign Libra
Date of Death August 16, 1956

Bela Lugosi was a Hungarian actor and stage artist who is best remembered for playing the role of Count Dracula in the 1931 horror classic Dracula and Ygor in Son of Frankenstein (1939). His film credits also included Women of All NationsMurders in the Rue MorgueIsland of Lost SoulsThe Death KissNight of TerrorThe Devil’s in LoveThe Mysterious Mr. WongMark of the VampireShadow of ChinatownYou’ll Find OutInvisible GhostNight MonsterFrankenstein Meets the Wolf ManVoodoo ManThe Body Snatcher, Abbott and Costello Meet FrankensteinGlen or GlendaThe Black SleepPlan 9 from Outer Space, and Mother Riley Meets the Vampire.

Born Name

Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó

Other Names

Bela Lugosi, Arisztid Olt, Adelbert, Count Dracula, The Master of Horror, The Master of Menace

Bela Lugosi c. 1912
Bela Lugosi c. 1912 (Fortepan adományozó SALY NOÉMI / Adományozó/Donor: SALY NOÉMI / CC BY-SA 3.0)


He was born on October 20, 1882.


On August 16, 1956, Bela Lugosi died of a heart attack while taking a nap at the age of 73 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Resting Place

Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Sun Sign


Born Place

Lugos, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary


He resided in Los Angeles, California, United States.





Bela Lugosi dropped out of school when he was 12 years old.


Actor, Stage Artist


  • Father – István Blaskó (A baker who later became a banker)
  • Mother – Paula de Vojnich
  • Siblings – He had 3 older siblings.
  • Others – János Blaskó (Paternal Grandfather), Veronika/Verona Mrazik (Paternal Grandmother)



Bela Lugosi as seen with his first wife Ilona Szmik in 1917
Bela Lugosi as seen with his first wife Ilona Szmik in 1917 (FOTO:FORTEPAN / Saly Noémi / / CC BY-SA 3.0)


6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm


79 kg or 174 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Bela Lugosi had dated –

  1. Violetta Napierska – He was once romantically involved with Violetta Napierska.
  2. Ilona Szmick (1917-1920)​ – Bela Lugosi got married to his first wife Ilona Szmick in the year 1917 but they divorced in 1920.
  3. Ilona von Montagh (1921-1925)​ – He met stage actor Ilona von Montagh and they married in 1921. They had worked together years before in Europe. The couple lived together for only a few weeks but their divorce wasn’t finalized until October 1925.
  4. Beatrice Woodruff Weeks (1929-1929)​ – On July 27, 1929, Lugosi married wealthy San Francisco resident Beatrice Woodruff Weeks (widow of architect Charles Peter Weeks). She soon filed for divorce on November 4, 1929, accusing Lugosi of infidelity, citing actor Clara Bow as the “other woman”. Beatrice also claimed that Lugosi tried to take her checkbook and the key to her safe deposit box away from her. The divorce was finalized on December 9, 1929.
  5. Clara Bow (1928) – Bela Lugosi was linked with American actor Clara Bow in 1928.
  6. Lillian Arch (1933-1953)​ – He was married to Lillian Arch from 1933 to 1953 and they also had a son named Bela G. Lugosi (b. January 5, 1938).
  7. Hope Lininger (1955-1956) – In 1955, Bela Lugosi married his 5th wife Hope Lininger (37 years his junior) and remained married until his death in 1956. Reportedly, they were discussing getting a divorce around the time of his death.

Race / Ethnicity


Bela Lugosi was of Hungarian and Serbian descent.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Thick Hungarian accent
  • Sported black slicked-back hair
  • An intense hypnotic gaze and dramatic pauses


He grew up in a Roman Catholic household.

Bela Lugosi (Right) as Dracula and Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing in Dracula (1931)
Bela Lugosi (Right) as Dracula and Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing in Dracula (1931) (Universal Studios / eBay / Public Domain)

Bela Lugosi Favorite Things

  • Screen Role – Playing Count Dracula in Dracula (1931)
  • Favorite Of His Own FilmsWhite Zombie (1932)
  • Fabric/Material – Flannel


Bela Lugosi Facts

  1. He pronounced his Christian name “Bay-lah” (as it traditionally is), not “Bell-lah”.
  2. He was a philatelist (stamp collector).
  3. Bela Lugosi became a naturalized United States citizen on June 26, 1931.
  4. He was known for handling even the most ridiculous of material with the utmost respect and an aggressive work ethic.
  5. A multilingual, Bela Lugosi was fluent in Hungarian, French, German, and English.
  6. He posthumously received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6430 Hollywood Blvd.

Featured Image by Fortepan adományozó SALY NOÉMI / Adományozó/Donor: SALY NOÉMI / CC BY-SA 3.0

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