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The Many Faces of Dracula

How many actors have performed Dracula?

The brief reply to this query is… rather a lot.

Since Max Schreck terrified audiences in 1922 together with his portrayal of Rely Olaf (legalities on the time prevented the film from utilizing the names from Stoker’s novel outright), Dracula is for sure not solely probably the most beloved and persistently adapted vampire story, but arguably probably the most tailored story in any style.

As we sit up for NBC’s upcoming collection starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, we here on the Supply want to present a comprehensive guide to actors who’ve donned the fangs of probably the most famous vampire on the planet – in addition to a number of who will sooner or later.

On this record of twenty one actors, we’ve the classics; actors whose performances and movies at the moment are thought-about hallowed ground by horror and vampire lovers alike. We even have a couple of many want to overlook.

Without further ado, let’s begin.

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Max Schreck (Nosferatu, 1922)

Nosferatu (1922)
Nosferatu posterScore: (61796 votes)
Director: F.W. Murnau
Writer: Henrik Galeen (display play), Bram Stoker (based mostly on the novel: “Dracula”)
Stars: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Georg H. Schnell
Runtime: 81 min
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Launched: three Jun 1929
Plot: Vampire Rely Orlok expresses curiosity in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. Silent basic based mostly on the story “Dracula.”
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Bela Lugosi (Dracula, 1931)


Dracula (1931)
Dracula posterScore: 7.6/10 (29369 votes)
Director: Tod Browning
Writer: Bram Stoker (by), Hamilton Deane (from the play tailored by), John L. Balderston (from the play tailored by), Garrett Fort (play)
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye
Runtime: 85 min
Style: Horror
Released: 14 Feb 1931
Plot: The historic vampire Rely Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous younger Mina.
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Lon Chaney Jr. (Son of Dracula, 1943)


Son of Dracula (1943)Son of Dracula posterScore: 6.2/10 (2813 votes)
Director: Robert Siodmak
Writer: Eric Taylor (screenplay), Curt Siodmak (unique story)
Stars: Robert Paige, Louise Allbritton, Evelyn Ankers, Frank Craven
Runtime: 80 min
Style: Horror
Launched: 5 Nov 1943Plot: Rely Alucard (learn his identify backwards) finds his method from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical physician, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the lady he loves. [dcs_darkspliter size=”large” bottom=”20″]

John Carradine (Home of Dracula, 1945)


House of Dracula (1945)House of Dracula posterScore: 5.8/10 (2894 votes)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
Author: Edward T. Lowe Jr. (unique screenplay)
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Martha O’Driscoll, Lionel Atwill
Runtime: 67 min
Style: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Released: 7 Dec 1945Plot: Rely Dracula and the Wolf Man seek a remedy for their afflictions; a hunchbacked lady, a mad scientist and the Frankenstein monster have their very own troubles. [dcs_darkspliter size=”large” bottom=”20″]

Christopher Lee (Horror of Dracula, 1958)


Horror of Dracula (1958)
Horror of Dracula posterScore: 7.5/10 (13226 votes)
Director: Terence Fisher
Writer: Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Bram Stoker (novel)
Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling
Runtime: 82 min
Genre: Horror
Released: eight Might 1958
Plot: After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his fort (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the household of Harker’s fiancée. The just one …


Christopher Lee has performed Dracula more than another actor within the history of cinema and television. Following Horror of Dracula, he went on to star in: Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Rely Dracula (1970), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Scars of Dracula (1970), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973), and Dracula and Son (1976).

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Ferdy Mayne (The Fearless Vampire Killers, 1967)


The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)The Fearless Vampire Killers posterScore: 7.3/10 (20900 votes)
Director: Roman Polanski
Writer: Gérard Brach (story), Roman Polanski (story)
Stars: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins
Runtime: 91 min
Style: Comedy, Horror
Released: 17 Nov 1967Plot: A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the path of the ominous damsel in distress. [dcs_darkspliter size=”large” bottom=”20″]

Denholm Elliott (Mystery and Imagination, 1968)


Mystery and Creativeness (1966–1970)
Mystery and Imagination posterScore: 7.7/10 (37 votes)
Director: N/A
Author: N/A
Stars: David Buck
Runtime: 75 min
Rated: N/A
Style: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Launched: 29 Jan 1966
Plot: A British anthology collection based mostly on basic ghost stories and chillers from M. R. James, Poe, Algernon Blackwood, Sheridan Le Fanu and others; later branching into feature-length teleplays …
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Jack Palance (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1974)


Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1974)
Bram Stoker's Dracula posterScore: 6.four/10 (1028 votes)
Director: Dan Curtis
Author: Richard Matheson
Stars: Jack Palance, Simon Ward, Nigel Davenport, Pamela Brown
Runtime: 98 min
Rated: TV-14
Style: Horror
Launched: eight Feb 1974
Plot: Dracula is looking for a lady who appears like his long lifeless wife.
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Udo Kier (Andy Warhol’s Dracula, 1974)


Blood for Dracula (1974)
Blood for Dracula posterScore: 6.2/10 (3916 votes)
Director: Paul Morrissey
Author: Paul Morrissey
Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Vittorio De Sica, Maxime McKendry
Runtime: 106 min
Rated: R
Style: Horror
Launched: 27 Nov 1974
Plot: Udo Kier is definitely the sickliest of vampires in any director’s interpretation of the Bram Stoker story. Rely Dracula is aware of that if he fails to drink a required quantity of pure …
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Frank Langella (Dracula, 1979)


Dracula (1979)
Dracula posterScore: 6.four/10 (6417 votes)
Director: John Badham
Writer: W.D. Richter (screenplay), Hamilton Deane (play), John L. Balderston (play), Bram Stoker (novel)
Stars: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence, Kate Nelligan
Runtime: 109 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Romance
Released: 20 Jul 1979
Plot: Romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 basic. Set in 1913 England, the bloodsucking, but handsome, charming and seductive, Rely Dracula seeks an immortal bride.
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George Hamilton (Love at First Chew, 1979)


Love at First Chew (1979)Love at First Bite posterScore: 6.1/10 (3990 votes)
Director: Stan Dragoti
Writer: Robert Kaufman (screenplay), Robert Kaufman (story), Mark Gindes (story)
Stars: George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin, Dick Shawn
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: PG
Style: Comedy, Romance
Released: 27 Apr 1979Plot: This vampire spoof has Rely Dracula shifting to New York to seek out his Bride, after being pressured to maneuver out of his Transylvanian fort. There with the aid of assistant Renfield, he stumbles … [dcs_darkspliter size=”large” bottom=”20″]

Klaus Kinski (Nosferatu the Vampyre, 1979)


Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)Nosferatu the Vampyre posterScore: 7.6/10 (20920 votes)
Director: Werner Herzog
Writer: Werner Herzog
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor
Runtime: 107 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Horror
Launched: 17 Jan 1979Plot: Jonathan and Lucy reside in Wismar and the Rely needs a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula’s citadel. [dcs_darkspliter size=”large” bottom=”20″]

Duncan Regehr (The Monster Squad, 1987)


The Monster Squad (1987)The Monster Squad posterScore: 7.2/10 (16148 votes)
Director: Fred Dekker
Writer: Shane Black, Fred Dekker
Stars: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr
Runtime: 82 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Launched: 14 Aug 1987Plot: A younger group of monster fanatics try to save lots of their hometown from Rely Dracula and his army of monsters. [dcs_darkspliter size=”large” bottom=”20″]

Gary Oldman (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992)


Dracula (1992)
Dracula posterScore: 7.5/10 (128244 votes)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Author: Bram Stoker (novel), James V. Hart (screenplay)
Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves
Runtime: 128 min
Rated: R
Style: Horror, Romance
Launched: 13 Nov 1992
Plot: The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor’s fiancée and inflict havoc in the overseas land.
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Leslie Nielsen (Dracula: Lifeless and Loving It, 1995)


Dracula: Lifeless and Loving It (1995)Dracula: Dead and Loving It posterScore: 5.7/10 (27085 votes)
Director: Mel Brooks
Author: Mel Brooks (screenplay), Rudy De Luca (screenplay), Steve Haberman (screenplay), Rudy De Luca (story), Steve Haberman (story), Bram Stoker (characters)
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Peter MacNicol, Steven Weber, Amy Yasbeck
Runtime: 88 min
Rated: PG-13
Style: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
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Gerard Butler (Dracula 2000, 2000)


Dracula 2000 (2000)
Dracula 2000 posterScore: 4.9/10 (25722 votes)
Director: Patrick Lussier
Writer: Joel Soisson (story), Patrick Lussier (story), Joel Soisson (screenplay)
Stars: Gerard Butler, Christopher Plummer, Jonny Lee Miller, Justine Waddell
Runtime: 99 min
Rated: R
Style: Horror, Thriller
Launched: 22 Dec 2000
Plot: A gaggle of thieves break right into a chamber anticipating to seek out paintings, but as an alternative they release the rely himself, who travels to New Orleans to seek out his nemesis’ daughter, Mary Van Helsing.
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Wei-Qiang Zhang (Dracula: Pages From a Virgin’s Diary, 2002)


Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002)
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary posterScore: (1481 votes)
Director: Guy Maddin
Writer: Bram Stoker (novel), Mark Godden (ballet Dracula)
Stars: Wei-Qiang Zhang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni, CindyMarie Small
Runtime: 73 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Musical
Released: 12 Dec 2003
Plot: A ballet rendition of Bram Stoker’s gothic novel DRACULA, introduced in a method reminiscent of the silent expressionistic cinema of the early 20th Century. This work employs the delicate and …
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Dominic Purcell (Blade: Trinity, 2004)


Blade: Trinity (2004)Blade: Trinity posterScore: 5.9/10 (117539 votes)
Director: David S. Goyer
Writer: David S. Goyer, Marv Wolfman (character), Gene Colan (character)
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Dominic Purcell, Jessica Biel
Runtime: 113 min
Rated: R
Style: Action, Journey, Fantasy
Launched: eight Dec 2004Plot: Blade, now a needed man by the FBI, should be a part of forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy but: Dracula. [dcs_darkspliter size=”large” bottom=”20″]

Richard Roxburgh (Van Helsing, 2004)


Van Helsing (2004)
Van Helsing posterScore: (171416 votes)
Director: Stephen Sommers
Author: Stephen Sommers
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham
Runtime: 131 min
Rated: PG-13
Style: Motion, Adventure, Fantasy
Launched: 7 Might 2004
Plot: The notorious monster hunter is shipped to Transylvania to cease Rely Dracula who’s using Dr. Frankenstein’s research and a werewolf for some sinister objective.
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Marc Warren (Dracula, 2006)


Dracula (2006)Dracula posterScore: 5.2/10 (1113 votes)
Director: Invoice Eagles
Author: Stewart Harcourt (adaptation), Bram Stoker (novel)
Stars: David Suchet, Marc Warren, Dan Stevens, Sophia Myles
Runtime: 90 min
Rated: N/A
Style: Horror
Launched: 11 Feb 2007Plot: The Romanian rely often known as Dracula is summoned to London by Arthur Holmwood, a younger Lord who’s one the verge of being wed. Unknown to Arthur’s future bride Lucy, her future husband is … [dcs_darkspliter size=”large” bottom=”20″]

Adam Sandler (Lodge Transylvania, 2012)


Lodge Transylvania (2012)Hotel Transylvania posterScore: 7.1/10 (128131 votes)
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Author: Peter Baynham (screenplay), Robert Smigel (screenplay), Todd Durham (story), Dan Hageman (story), Kevin Hageman (story)
Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James
Runtime: 91 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Released: 28 Sep 2012Plot: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the rely’s teen-aged daughter. [dcs_darkspliter size=”large” bottom=”20″]

Did we listing your favorites? Have you ever recovered from the cringe-worthy renditions? Our apologies for George Hamilton.

In a current open question on the Vampire Supply Official Fb Fan Web page, we requested our viewers to listing their favourite Dracula performances. As anticipated, among the many favorites have been Gary Oldman, Bela Lugosi, Max Schreck, and Christopher Lee. And a few admittedly had a delicate spot for Frank Langella.

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Bonus: Actors Who Will Play Dracula

As an added bonus, we’re going to provide you a sneak peek at a number of of the actors who’re slated to play Dracula in the future. Can any of them hold a candle to the classics and fan favorites? Only time will inform, but the odds are wanting excellent.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers (NBC’s Dracula, 2013)


The Scoop:

This October, NBC is presenting their own interpretation of Bram Stoker’s basic tale, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors). Like Coppola’s film in 1992, NBC will draw inspiration from the actual life mystery and violence surrounding Vlad Tepes (aka Vlad Dracula and Vlad the Impaler) for his or her version of the story. Additionally, they’re planning on going further into the thriller of The Order of the Dragon itself than we’ve ever seen earlier than.

The Buzz:

By community requirements, this darkish and very attractive version is projected to be the subsequent massive thing.

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Luke Evans (Dracula Untold, 2014)


The Scoop:

From Christoper Nolan’s The Darkish Knight Trilogy to Man of Metal to The Superb Spiderman to exhibits like the CW’s Arrow and Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz, origin tales are all the fad today. How are our heroes and monsters born? Where do they arrive from, and what propels them on the trail to good or evil? Dracula Untold, directed by Gary Shore and set for release in October 2014, takes us additional into the origins of Dracula than ever before. Once more, drawing from the legend and life of Vlad Tepes, this movie aims to make us overlook about Bram Stoker’s story and give attention to the person behind the monster.

The Buzz:

We now have a full yr to go, however our sources say this is one to control.

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Russell Crowe (Harker, TBD)


The Scoop:

The massive information last yr was that Russell Crowe and director Eli Roth have been both hooked up to the Leonardo DiCaprio produced film Harker – with Crowe slated to play Dracula. Written by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy (both also hooked up to Roth’s hit collection Hemlock Grove on Netflix), this story focuses on Jonathan Harker in a Sherlock-esque position. Quite than the hapless and confused man he sometimes is, Harker is re-imagined here as a detective in Scotland Yard, investigating the mystery of this infamous vampire. Promising shades of Jack the Ripper may also think about.

The Buzz:

Nonetheless categorized as in pre-production, as soon as this film gets off the ground (and eventually casts its Harker), it is going to be one you gained’t need to miss.

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There you might have it. 24 actors, one legend. Have you ever had sufficient?

We haven’t.

Keep tuned as we continue to sit up for NBC’s premiere of Dracula on October 25th at 10/9c, Dracula Untold, Harker – and all the variations to comply with.