Film homage, Bela Lugosi, "Mark of the Vampire," 1935-2013.
If any performer ever came to be identified with a role, it would be Bela Lugosi (1882-1956). Lon Chaney was supposedly cast to play the count in "Dracula", but died. Lugosi had been in the stage version of the play, so could have played the role in his sleep.
So anxious to be cast, he agreed to a paltry salary, which would plague him for the rest of his career, as producers knew he would work on the cheap. Martin Landau was magnificent in his portrayal of Bela in "Ed Wood."
Bela Lugosi played minor roles in dozens of plays, including such Shakespeare classics as Hamlet, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Othello, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, in the National Theater of Hungary from 1913 to 1919. His first film was in 1917 in Hungary, 1923 in the United States.
His last camera interview was in 1955 after he left the state hospital in Los Angeles for his drug addiction.