The Golden Age of Hollywood

By which I mean, who's your favorite actor to portray the Count, of course. A possible but not exhaustive list of candidates:
Max Schreck
Bela Lugosi
Carlos Villarias ('31 Spanish-Language version)
The Manniquin in the Coffin in DRACULA'S DAUGHTER
Lon Chaney, Jr.
John Carradine
Francis Lederer (RETURN OF DRACULA, '58)
Christopher Lee
David Peel (BRIDES OF DRACULA, '60)
Denholm Elliot (BBC TV, late 60s...I know, I know, WHO has ever seen THAT?)
Paul Naschy (sometimes he played something else besides a Polish werewolf!)
Charles MacCauley (in BLACULA)
Jack Palance (TV)
David Niven (OLD DRACULA)
Louis Jourdan (BBC TV '76)
Klaus Kinski
Frank Langella
Gary Oldman
Willem Dafoe
Mark Warren (BBC TV, recently)
Richard Roxburgh (VAN HELSING)
I might reiterate that I mean the Count himself, not simply movie vampires patently based on the Lugosian tradition (such as Jonathan Frid in DARK SHADOWS, German Robles in the Mexican EL VAMPIRO films, the guy with the cardboard teeth in the Jean Rollin films) or of vaguely Nosferatoid visage (Reggie Nalder in the original SALEM'S LOT) and certainly not those that have played Vlad the Impaler, such as the Romanian Actor Stefan Sileanu in the Romanian film of the same name, or the guy on the USA Network movie whose name escapes me, nor ones who simply hijack the name, such as COUNTESS DRACULA.

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I don't think Chaney Jr.'s acting was the problem, it was his overfed look. He certainly had the stare down...
Well, he was in Loiusiana, so maybe he had some Cajun cooking.
Schreck and Lugosi both had the atmosphere and stare to complete my vote!
My favorites in no order

Bela Lugosi, Max Schreck, and Chritopher Lee

Max Schreck in Nosferatu has never been bested, not even by Lugosi (and I like Bela). He is doubtless IMO the greatest (and scariest) Dracula (Count Orlock). 

Bela is still the best but I also like Sir Christopher Lee. Bela Lugosi set the gold standard and he didn't need fangs.



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