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UNIVERSAL HORRORS TRIBUTE!













PROTECTING JULIE FROM THAT AWFUL CREATURE! JUNE 2007



NOSTALGIA BUFFS KNOW ME AS CAPTAIN CELLULOID®™ I'M A SPONSOR/FAN OF MOVIE AND TV RELATED EVENTS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA. I'M CREDITED WITH HAVING BOTH ORIGINAL LOIS LANES, NOEL NEILL AND PHYLLIS COATES, APPEAR IN THE BIG APPLE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME 2006-08. IT'S JUST A WAY OF KEEPING OUR MEMORIES OF THAT POPULAR 1950S TV SERIES ALIVE. I LIKE TO THANK THE SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE, SUPERHERO FANSITE, FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE GEEK CALENDAR, TCM, TVLAND, KGO RADIO'S JOHN ROTHMAN, MOEBANSHEE'S LAIR, HOWARD STERN, ASSOCIATE MOVIE PRODUCER EVAN GINZBERG (THE WRESTLER), THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS WEBSITE, NY1 NEWS, CLASSIC IMAGES, AND LOCAL TV AND RADIO LEGEND JOE FRANKLIN FOR PROMOTING MY EVENTS THROUGH THE YEARS. YOU ROCK! THIS SITE IS DEDICATED TO ALL THE CLASSIC HORROR FANS OUT THERE. YOU ROCK!!



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Born Be’la Ferenc Dezso Blasko, the actor who brought Dracula to life on the silver screen changed his name for the stage, taking Lugosi as it meant “one from the town of Lugos.”



Bela Lugosi was the youngest of four children to be born into an upper middle-class family in Hungary. However, at the age of twelve he ran away and hoped to act. He found little work, other than in the mines or railroad yards, until one of his older sisters arrange for him to take some small roles in provincial theatre.



Formal training was the usual route for actors at this time, so Lugosi studied acting theory and method diligently.



Soon, Bela Lugosi was averaging thirty to forty roles per year, many of which were operettas, as he possessed a fine singing voice as a young man. In 1911, Lugosi went to work in the theatre in the capital city of Budapest, and gained much popularity.



When World War I broke out, although actors were exempt from military service, Bela volunteered to fight for his country and became an infantry lieutenant. He was wounded three times during the war, and decorated for his efforts, before leaving the army in 1916.



After the war, Bela Lugosi made several films under the name “Arisztidt Olt” until political turmoil in his own country forced him to move to Germany in 1919.



In 1921, Lugosi moved to New York, where he established a Hungarian-speaking troupe, as he himself still spoke no English. When, in 1923, he landed the role of Fernando in the Broadway production 'The Red Poppy', the actor learnt his lines phonetically.



1927 saw Bela Lugosi cast as 'Dracula' for the first time in the original Broadway show of the same name, in which he starred for two years. He then went on to do other film roles, before taking his 'Dracula' to the silver screen in 1930.



Lugosi went on to star in several other vampire films, before returning to the role of Dracula for the last time in 'Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein', in 1948.



Bela Lugosi died a peaceful death in 1956, and was buried in full 'Dracula' costume.








Actor. Film star Boris Karloff, whose name became synonymous with the horror genre, was born William Henry Pratt in London, England, on November 23, 1887. He studied at London University, then went to Canada and the United States, aiming become a diplomat like his father, and became involved in acting.



Karloff spent 10 years in repertory companies, went to Hollywood, appearing in forty five silent films for Universal Studios, among them The Last of the Mohicans, Forbidden Cargo and an installment in the popular Tarzan series. When Bela Lugosi refused to take a role in which he would have his face hidden by makeup and have no lines, the role of The Monster in 1931's Frankenstein went to Karloff. His tender, sympathetic performance received enormous critical praise and he became an overnight sensation.



Apart from a notable performance in a World War I story, The Lost Patrol (1934), his career was mostly spent in popular horror films. His performances frequently transcended the crudity of the genre, bringing, as in Frankenstein, a depth and pathos to the characterization.



He is also well known for providing the voice to the 1966 cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.



Karloff was known within the film industry for his great kindness and gentleness of manner; he was also central to the foundation of the Screen Actors Guild. After battling emphysema for a number of years, Boris Karloff died at his home in England on February 2, 1969.



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Lon Chaney, Jr. was born Creighton Tull Chaney on February 10, 1906 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Chaney, Jr.'s destiny might have seemed apparent at birth: his father was an actor and his mother was a singer who performed in road shows with her husband. Chaney Jr.'s childhood was troubled, however, as a result of his parents' unhappy marriage. His mother made a public suicide attempt in Los Angeles, which prompted their divorce in 1913. From that time until 1916, Lon Chaney,Jr. lived in various homes and boarding schools.

When his father, now finding fame on the big screen, remarried Hazel Hastings, young Lon, Jr. moved back home. However, he tried to avoid his famous father's shadow and Lon Chaney, Sr. discouraged his son from pursuing an acting career. As a young man, Lon Chaney, Jr., found success with a Los Angeles appliance company.

After his father's death, Chaney, Jr., acted in his first movie; an uncredited role in Girl Crazy (1932). He acted under his birth name until 1935, when he adopted the name Lon Chaney, Jr., which was eventually shortened to, simply, Lon Chaney. 1939's Of Mice and Men brought him his first brush with stardom and critical acclaim. His role in The Wolf Man in 1941 typecast him for the rest of his career and he played the Wolf Man in several movies, Frankenstein's monster in others, mummies in still others, and Dracula in Son of Dracula. He is the only actor to bring to life all four of the major monsters: Wolf Man, Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy, and Dracula. This was the height of Chaney's career; when he left Universal, he often played character roles in smaller films, due to typecasting and his battles with alcoholism. Eventually, he took to playing mute or taciturn characters given his battle with throat cancer, which had killed his father. Producer Stanley Kramer began casting Chaney in supporting roles in his classics such as High Noon, Not as a Stranger, and The Defiant Ones.

Lon Chaney, Jr. was married twice and fathered two children: Lon Ralph Chaney and Ronald Creighton Chaney. He died on July 12, 1973, of liver cancer in San Clemente, California.



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