Bela Lugosi, (1882-1956,) in younger years. Lugosi was a Hungarian-American actor, famous for starring in the first talking version of Dracula. He had been playing small parts on the stage in his native Hungary but had to leave the country after the failed Hungarian Revolution. In 1927, he was talent-spotted in America as a character actor for the new Hollywood talkies. He would appear in the classic 1931 Dracula talkie by Universal Pictures.