Bela Lugosi

U.S. stamp of Bela Lugosi printed c. 1997, photo by Neftali/

Birth Name: Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó

Date of Birth: 20 October, 1882

Place of Birth: Lugos, the Austria-Hungarian Empire (now Lugoj, Romania)

Date of Death: August 16, 1956

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Hungarian, possibly Serbian

Bela Lugosi was a Hungarian and American actor. Bela was born in Lugos, the Austria-Hungarian Empire (now Lugoj, Romania), and moved to the U.S. in 1920, later becoming an American citizen. He was the son of Paula (de Vojnich) and István Blaskó. He was raised Catholic.

Bela was married to Hope Lininger, until his death. He had a son, attorney Bela G. Lugosi, with his former wife, Lillian Arch.

Sources: Bela Lugosi on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Bela Lugosi on the 1940 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

9 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    “de Vojnich” is not an Hungarian last name and his mother was listed as Serbia-born on the 1930 U.S Census

  2. ichbin says:

    He was Jewish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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