Bela Lugosi's Height
6ft 1in (185 cm)
Hungarian Actor best known for his portrayal of Count Dracula. He also appeared in White Zombie, Night of Terror, Son Of Frankenstein, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Island of Lost Souls, The Black Cat, Ninothcka, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. In the book 'Immortal Count' it mentions: "arriving in New Orleans, his height was listed accurately as 6ft 1, but the hasty clerk filling out the forms shrank him to 5ft 10". He was also described as having a weight of 167 pounds in another publication.
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Mar/16
Looked 185/186cm for definite, possibly more on the latter. At times he could look 6ft1½. That almanac from 1929 may hold some truth. Might have measured it earlier in the day.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Feb/16
A strong 6ft1 is possible...he looked tall
Chuckie Cheese 2 said on 25/Oct/15
Rob, I think Bela Lugosi was actually 6 feet 1-1/2, or 187 cm at his prime. The 1929 International Motion Picture Almanac - Page 51 lists him as " 6 feet 11/2 inches; brown hair and grey eyea; w, 177 pounds." The later "International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38" also lists him as 6 feet 1, 167 pounds... But he was already 56 years old by that time and may have lost half an inch. When Lugosi was in his 30's and 40's during the peak of his stage performances, I think he was a legit 6 ft 1-1/2, or 186 -187 cm. He towered over many of the actors of his day.
Jug said on 18/Oct/15
Looked quite tall in Dracula. Legit 6'1
Sam said on 22/Oct/14
Thanks! He really could look 6'1" at peak such as in movies like The Black Cat and Dracula...he lost height and curved his spine arguably even earlier than Boris Karloff...one would be hard-pressed to say that Lugosi seems taller than Karloff for sure in The Body Snatcher.
Sam said on 20/Oct/14
Rob, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Island of Lost Souls, The Black Cat, Ninothcka and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, could you add these to his credits?
csordas said on 9/Jan/14
It was austria-hungary back then. Many spoke hungarian (magyar)
Snake said on 13/Jul/13
Around 6'1" to 6'2"
DickMcNice said on 30/Oct/12
In Invisible Ray, he towers over Karloff, who was listed at 5' 11"
said on 29/Jul/12
Why is he mentioned as being Hungarian? He was born in Romania. Anyway, this height listing seems fair.
[Editor Rob: in late 1800's european countries weren't all the same as today, back then wasn't he born in what was then Hungary... ]
daryl said on 16/Dec/11
he's my favorite actor, but i would say he's 5ft 11 barefoot. however he was not short for an actor.
parvez said on 30/Jun/11
best dracula to date
Jen said on 24/Feb/07
From my memory it seemed like I was looking straight into his face. Maybe he was an inch or so taller than me.
Misha said on 22/Feb/07
Jen, you were lucky indeed to see him, because Karloff died very early the following year. He was eighty when you saw him, and so could have lost an inch or even two from his 1930s height of 5'10". How many inches would you say he had on your 5'6"? The relationship between Karloff and Lugosi was complex - initially rivals, they became friends, but Lugosi eventually became embittered
when Karloff kept getting plum roles while he was relegated to the elephant graveyard of Ed Wood-type projects.
Jen said on 22/Feb/07
I was standing on a tube station in London in 1968 and one of the friends I was with said 'Don't look now but Boris Karloff is standing behind you'. With a 'Yeah, right' I turned round and stared straight into Boris Karloff's face. I was 5'6". I remember being amazed at how small he was.
misha said on 22/Feb/07
Boris Karloff had one of the most unusual physiques in film history, and appeared to be much taller than he really was in non-Frankenstein roles.
His actual height, verified many times, was only 5'10". This is especially obvious in "The Invisible Ray" in a scene where Karloff and Lugosi are standing very close to each other - Lugosi looks three inches taller than Karloff - I remember watching this with a height-conscious friend, and we were both amazed at the difference in their heights. 6'1" is dead-on accurate for Lugosi. At 73, in the last year of his life, he had checked into a rehab clinic to deal with his morphine addiction and was described in their records via a doctor's scale, as "exactly six feet tall in his stocking feet." Naturally he had lost an inch by the time he was in his seventies. Lugosi was a treasure whose life was clouded by much sadness, and, relative to what he had to offer, was treated shabbily and shamefully by the industry in general.
sf said on 26/Oct/06
Yea, the Invisible Man was taller than Frankenstein too...although you couldn't tell.
Glenn said on 26/Oct/06
Yeah,I always got a kick of that too.Dracula taller than Frankenstein.
Anonymous said on 25/Oct/06
karloff looked taller than he actually was. also, the frankenstein costume with its huge boots and built up head adds god knows how many inches onto height
Ulmerite said on 24/Oct/06
Watching The Raven, I was surprised to see that Lugosi had about two inches on Boris Karloff. Who knew Dracula was taller than Frankenstein?
Frank2 said on 1/May/06
Except that by the time Landau played Lugosi he lost at least an inch. I've seen Landau and now he's not much taller than I am. But then Lugosi lost height when he was old so I suppose it equaled out.
ForensicNYC said on 1/May/06
Martin Landau who is also listed here as 6'1" played the part of Bela Lugosi in the movie: "ED WOOD" featuring Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker and Bill Murray. Martin Landau won an "OSCAR" for his performance as Bela Lugosi.