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The Best Actors Who Played Dracula  

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Whether he's called Count, Nosferatu, or Vlad, Dracula is almost synonymous with vampires - especially on television and film. Several famous actors have played Dracula in horror films and TV comedies. Some of the best Dracula characters were portrayed by Academy Award winners, but many won our heart rather than awards. Some actors who played Dracula even appeared in multiple films portraying that fanged fiend of the night.

On this list of all Dracula actors, you'll find folks who notably played the role. Grandpa Sam claiming he's the Dracula on one episode of The Munsters doesn't count. That lets us focus on actors who were the most memorable, like Gary Oldman as Count Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) in Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film Bram Stoker's Dracula. That movie won three Oscars for Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Makeup, and however you feel about the quality of the adaptation, Oldman is definitely memorable.

Bela Lugosi is perhaps the actor best associated with the character, Dracula. He portrayed the iconic vampire in the 1931 film, Dracula. Other actors who famously played Dracula include Gerard Butler and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Although he may be more memorable, Christopher Lee played the count ten times.

Which actors do you think did the best job playing Dracula? Vote up the best actors who played Dracula in a way that will live forever, then be sure to check out the best Dracula movies.

Bela Lugosi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Dracula
Photo: Dracula/Universal Pictures

Bela Lugosi is perhaps the actor best associated with the character, Dracula. He portrayed the iconic vampire in the 1931 film, Dracula.

Age: Dec. at 74 (1882-1956)

Birthplace: Lugoj, Romania

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Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Dracula
Photo: Dracula/Hammer Film Productions/The Rank Organisation/Universal International

Christopher Lee played Dracula in ten films including Dracula (1958), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) and Scars of Dracula (1970).

Age: 96

Birthplace: Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Dracula
Photo: Bram Stoker's Dracula/American Zoetrope/Osiris Films/Columbia Pictures

Gary Oldman played Count Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) in Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film Bram Stoker's Dracula. The movie won three Oscars for Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Makeup.

Age: 60

Birthplace: New Cross, London, England, London, United Kingdom

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Max Schreck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Dracula
Photo: Nosferatu/Prana Film/Film Arts Guild

Max Schreck played Count Orlock – a character based on Dracula – in the 1922 film, Nosferatu. Bram Stoker's heirs sued filmmakers over this unauthorized adaptation.

Age: Died at 57 (1879-1936)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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