Today (11 days before Halloween) is the birth date of charismatic Hungarian actor, Bela Lugosi. The one and only movie Dracula. He'd starred in the stage show based on Bram Stoker's horror story, but, according to Wikipedia, he may not have been the first choice to play Dracula in the 1931 movie. Lon Chaney might have been in the offing, but his death put paid to that idea.
Whatever the long ago truth, Bela Lugosi stepped in and made the part forever his own.
Though he was typecast as a horror villain for the rest of his troubled life, Bela Lugosi is viewed with perpetual affection by all lovers of early melodramatic horror films.
He played a variety of colorful villains in many different movies; Igor in SON OF FRANKENSTEIN is especially memorable.
But Bela Lugosi's image as Dracula is the one which instantly pops into our minds when we hear the word: vampire. At least, to movie fans of a certain age - like me.
In my view, there is only one Count Dracula.
To learn more about Bela Lugosi, please check out his Wikipedia page at this link.