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Actors who have played Dracula in movies and TV

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Initial post: Apr 8, 2009 1:38:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2009 2:13:15 PM PDT
Just off the top of my head (alphabetical by last name):

Patrick Bergin
Stephen Billington
Gerard Butler
David Carradine
John Carradine
Lon Chaney Jr.
Denholm Elliott
John Forbes-Robertson
Jamie Gillis
Lorne Greene
George Hamilton
Rutger Hauer
Louis Jourdan
Atif Kaptan
Udo Kier
Klaus Kinski
Frank Langella
Francis Lederer
Christopher Lee
Bela Lugosi
Charles MacCauley
Paul Naschy
Leslie Nielsen
David Niven
Michael Nouri
Miles O'Keeffe
Gary Oldman
Jack Palance
Henry Polic II
Duncan Regehr
Richard Roxburgh
Max Shreck
Howard Vernon
Carlos Villerias
Zandor Vorkov
Marc Warren
Norman Welsh
Zhang Wei-Qiang

Who have I missed?

Posted on Jun 5, 2009 11:32:00 PM PDT
How about Rudolf Martin who has played Dracula in both Film and Television?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2009 11:59:27 AM PDT
Excellent! Can you give me some titles?

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 7:58:22 AM PDT
S. Nesmith says:
Here's a partial list from an IMDB character search for Dracula:

Jeffrey Smithers - Night on Bare Mountain
Allen Swift (voice) - Mad Monster Party
Dante Rivero (voice) - Batman Fights Dracula
Alexander d'Arcy - Blood of Dracula's Castle
Aldo Monti - El Santo en el Tesoro de Dracula
Ferdy Mayne - The Vampire Happening
Cesar Romero - Night Gallery episode "A Matter of Semantics"
Jack Palance - Dracula (1973 TV movie)
Narciso Ibanez Menta - La Saga de los Dracula
Dan Meaden - Son of Dracula (1974)
Morgan Freeman - The Electric Company
Stephen Boyd - Lady Dracula
Michael Pataki - Zoltan, Hound of Dracula
Judd Hirsch - The Halloween that Almost Wasn't
Christopher Bernau - Passion of Dracula (1980 TV movie)
Russell Friend - Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula
Andrew Bryniarski - Dracula's Guest

Posted on Jul 4, 2009 7:57:06 PM PDT
How about alex oloughlin and Jason Dohring ithe t.v.Series[ MOONLIGHT]

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2009 10:31:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 27, 2009 4:32:42 AM PDT
Hi, C. Nesmith.

I had Jack Palance on my original list. I can't believe I missed Alex Darcy and Narcisco Ibanez Menta, though! Blood of Dracula's Castle and The Dracula Saga are both demented late-night classics! Good catch.

Also, I knew Christopher Bernau (an alumnus of the original Dark Shadows) had done The Passion of Dracula on stage. I never knew it had been filmed!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2009 10:33:07 AM PDT
Hello, Georgetta.

I don't follow Moonlight. Dracula is on there?

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 7:12:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2009 7:20:44 PM PDT
P. Antwine says:
Does anyone remember an old Dracula movie where Dracula killed a man on a train who was going to visit his sick, blind female relative? Dracula then took over his identity. His name was Cousin Bellac.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 7:12:53 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2009 7:26:40 PM PDT
P. Antwine says:
Did any of the actors play a Dracula named "Cousin Bellac". It was an old one.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2009 10:39:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 14, 2009 10:41:51 AM PDT
Hi, P.

"Cousin Bellac" was Francis Lederer in The Return of Dracula (1958).

An excellent, low-key Dracula film.

A favorite line from the film, where Dracula explains why he has no reflection:

"The flesh is only an illusion, and my heart beats only when it is drunk with blood!"

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 10:28:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2009 10:31:27 PM PDT
Sylvie says:
How about Rudolf Martin, who played Dracula in the Buffy episode entitled Buffy vs. Dracula? I kept hoping he'd come back for another episode! Plus, he also starred in a made-for-TV movie about Vlad Dracula.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 2:09:54 PM PDT
Christerpher Lee was the only Dracula that really was scary looking. Peter Cushing was the only good Van Helsing. Hammer Films was the best studio.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2010 2:16:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2010 2:20:30 PM PDT
Christopher Lee also probably played the part in more films than any other actor. Funny to think that Bela Lugosi, who is so famous for the role, only played the Count on film twice (in the 1931 Dracula and in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein)!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2010 2:17:37 PM PDT
Speaking of Hammer Films, this year will FINALLY see the North American DVD release of Twins of Evil, Hands of the Ripper, and Vampire Circus!

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 5:02:40 AM PDT
Who played Dracula in Blade 3?

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 9:31:49 PM PDT
What about Geordie Johnson who played Dracula in the TV series "Dracula, the Series. Best Drac ever.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 8:44:26 AM PDT
R. H. Greene says:
It's true about Bela Lugosi only playing Dracula twice (not including his consistent stage appearances as the character), although he did play a lot of psuedo-Draculas in films like RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE and even MOTHER RILEY MEETS THE VAMPIRE.

I believe the reason Lugosi only played the character twice onscreen has to do with both censorship and copyright. There was a big outcry against horror movies in the early-to-mid 1930s, and this caused both Boris Karloff and Lugosi to have trouble getting cast in major films (which both the Universal DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN were), with Lugosi in particular ending up in a lot of substandard B-movies.

The character Dracula, meanwhile was under copyright--in the U.S. thanks to the stageplay Universal adapted for the Lugosi feature; in Europe I believe both as a play and a book (Bram Stoker's novel was never copyrighted in America).

So Lugosi couldn't play Dracula without Universal Studios' backing, and they were experimenting with a more suave and contemporary version of the character by casting a very low key John Carradine in the late monster rally titles HOUSE OF DRACULA and HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN.

Hammer Films even had to cut a deal with Universal to make HORROR OF DRACULA, the first Lee Dracula movie (U.S. title) in order to get the film released in America, and they were not allowed to call the film DRACULA in America, because the Lugosi film was still being revived for horror matinees well into the 1950s.

Those rereleases plus the Lugosi DRACULA's constant appearances on early TV secured Lugosi's "lock" on the character.

- R. H. Greene, author, Incarnadine: The True Memoirs of Count Dracula

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 8:50:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2010 9:01:02 AM PDT
R. H. Greene says:
PS- Glad Allen Swift showed up for the voice in MAD MONSTER PARTY!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2010 9:18:30 AM PDT
L. Shirley says:
Wow - what a great list - when I first saw the title of the discussion I think I only thought of 4 off the top of my head.

I know this isn't a TV or movie, but I recently came across an audio CD edition of an old-time radio production from the 30's with the Mercury Theatre players starring of course - Orson Welles - thought that might be of interest to you. it's adapted for a certain time span in radio, so it's a sort of edited version but what a treasure.

If you are interested:
Dracula: Adventures in Old Time Radio

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2010 9:36:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2010 3:04:08 PM PDT
A worthy mention, even if not a film portrayal, L. I have heard the Orson Welles radio Dracula, and it is truly a treasure, as you say!

Thank you for the well-written and informative capsule on the Hammer Dracula, R.H Greene. I am inspired to seek out your book.

In the early days, Hammer was indeed walking a fine line, with Universal's team of lawyers watching their every move ready to pounce at the slightest sign of copyright infringement. If Hammer had not made their first Dracula with Universal's approval, they might even have been sued into non-existance for having the Count wear a cape!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2010 10:03:44 PM PDT
Take a gander at DRACULA IN VISUAL MEDIA. It is, I hope, the definitive Dracula reference guide, covering both domestic and international titles, short and feature-length, as well as animations, documentaries, television, adult titles, video games, comic books, and dramatizations.

It took me five years to compile it all; and by the time I made myself stop writing and submit the manuscript to the publisher, it was already outdated, in addition to the older entries that continue to pop up here and there.

Go ahead, ask me a title and I'll tell you whether we documented it or not.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2010 7:37:18 AM PDT
OK---did you document "Brides of Dracula"? Yes I KNOW Dracula wasn't in it (instead we had Baron Meinster played wonderfully by David Peel) but he's in the title.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2010 2:43:59 PM PDT
And he's also mentioned in the prologue.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2010 3:02:50 PM PDT
Yes, indeed, Mr. Malin! We covered Brides of Dracula, as not only is it a "Draxploitstion" title (ie "Dracula" in the title but not in the narrative [eg Countess Dracula]), but Dracula is mentioned in the narrative, as Mr. Morrison pointed out, and the Baron is what I would refer to as a "Dracula-type" character (ie someone who adopts many of Dracula's familiar, recognizable tropes without assuming Dracula's name).


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