Bela Lugosi as Dracula bobblehead. Bela was a Hungarian-American actor best remembered for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film and for his roles in other horror films. In 1927, he appeared as Count Dracula in a Broadway adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel. He later appeared in the 1931 film Dracula directed by Tod Browning and produced by Universal Pictures. Through the 1930s, he occupied an important niche in horror films, with their East European setting, but his Hungarian accent limited his potential casting, and he unsuccessfully tried to avoid typecasting.