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Question: Which actor was the best Count Dracula?
Bela Lugosi - 12 (63.2%)
Frank Langella - 0 (0%)
Gary Oldman - 2 (10.5%)
Leslie Nielson (Really?) - 1 (5.3%)
Christopher Lee - 3 (15.8%)
Frances Lederer - 1 (5.3%)
John Carridine - 0 (0%)
Total Voters: 17

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« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2011, 10:16:05 PM »

Duncan Regehr played Dracula in the '87 movie "The Monster Squad".  He was badass.  My favorite one.

Of the list you've posted though, the vote goes to Lugosi.
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« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2011, 12:41:20 AM »

I'm going to be the dark horse here, and throw in my own candidate.

Frances Lederer, from 1958's The Return Of Dracula. While not a world class movie, it was a very sinister one-off perfromance that in many ways may have influenced Dan Curtis to create Barnabas Collins for Dark Shadows.

Let's compare:

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relatives from "the old world", although Bellac was impersonating.

Both caused their family's wonder at their nocturnal preferences as opposed to daytime visits.  And last, both displayed very polite (though pointed) manners, and did\said just enough to convince their families of their legitimacy, though not w\o it's doubts.

Return Of Dracula isn't a great movie, but a very good one that deserves watching.
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« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2011, 01:37:54 AM »

For me, Bela Lugosi second and Sir Christopher first.  Cheers

Also props to Frank Langella, William Marshall, Reggie Nalder and Barry Atwater, although the last two weren't named Dracula in Salem's Lot and The Night Stalker.
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« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2011, 04:27:01 AM »

Eddy Murphy  TeddyR

Yeah, so anyway, Bela hands down.   Cheers

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« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2011, 12:33:06 PM »

I'll write in Max Schreck, even though his character wasn't called "Dracula." 



What about Willem Dafoe playing Max Schrek playing Nosferatu which was just another name for Dracula?




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« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2011, 12:44:37 PM »

I go with Lugosi. As has been said, if you ask someone to do an imitation of Dracula, they do Lugosi's Dracula, not anyone else's. He is iconic in that role.
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« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2011, 01:02:43 PM »

I couldn't even finish the Jack Palance DRACULA. 
Lugosi is the classic, but I still loved Gary Oldman's version, and he certainly matched the descriptions in the book better.  Incredible film.

Agree 100% with your assessment of Gary Oldman's Dracula. It brought a very unique set of cards to the movie table in terms of a more faithful look at the book's aspect the character.  The Gothic atmosphere was undeniably thick as well.

And,  in many ways, I feel that this version was the final one, in terms of it never being able to be topped on a number of cinematic levels.
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« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2011, 06:23:29 PM »

For me its a toss up between Christopher Lee and Bela. I think Bela was the better voice and actor, but Christopher lee had a amazing presence about him. Its a shame his booming voice didn't get used much in his Dracula films. Oh and where is John Carridine?
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« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2011, 09:16:24 PM »

Lugosi without a doubt. His performance in the role is the most enduring by far. Max Shreck was awesome as Nosferatu too. Right behind them is Christopher Lee for me, adding even more fang and bite to the character. John Carradine was terrific in the role too I agree. Francis Lederer did fine too as did Jack Palance. I'll always love Lon Chaney Jr. as Count Alucard in Son of Dracula but his Wolf Man is much more the character I think of when I think of him. I liked Frank Langella too...he wasn't too bad either IMO.
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« Reply #24 on: May 31, 2011, 08:28:44 AM »

I think every generation has "their" version of an iconic character, such as batman, Superman, James Bond, etc. But where Dracula is concerned, I think Lugosi is trans-generational.
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« Reply #25 on: June 03, 2011, 10:13:06 PM »

As AJB pointed out in another thread, DRACULA (1931) is creaky, imperfect... stagy (Dracula actually dies off screen...!!)  There's "snatches" of Swan Lake in the score... frankly, this movie'd be a bore... except for BELA LUGOSI's performance.  It is monumental.  It is stunning.  He lifted a kinda dumb movie adaptation of a kinda dumb novel (yes I've read it letters and diary entries...)  Lookingup  ...and created an icon.  BELA LUGOSI is DRACULA.    
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GARY OLDMAN's version has much to its credit... the accent OLDMAN uses quite believably and effectively... the "steampunk" art direction of BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA feels authentic to anyone who's read the novel.  It's worth pointing out that Dracula in the novel has a white mustache and is not a sex object in any apparent sense.  All of the movies make us much more privy to the goings on than STOKER's novel ('least... that's the way I remember it...)   Wink

You guys all need to find the LOUIS JOURDAN version made for BBC in the late 1970s... he also crawls down the wall!!   Anyone who read the novel was impressed by that scene.  TeddyR  
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« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2011, 05:32:36 AM »

I'll write in Max Schreck, even though his character wasn't called "Dracula." 




I second that vote!
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