Famous Hungarian Actors

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Bela Lugosi
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Birthdate: October 20, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lugoj, Romania
Died: August 16, 1956
Hungarian-American actor Bela Lugosi is best remembered for his iconic performance as Dracula on Broadway and in the 1931 film of the same name, based on Bram Stoker’s novel. He also appeared in films such as The Black Cat, The Raven, and Son of Frankenstein, along with Boris Karloff.

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Mickey Hargitay
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Birthdate: January 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 14, 2006
Former Mr.Universe, Mickey Hargitay made his way into showbiz with Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Husband of actress Jayne Mansfield, he was also a proficient football player. He earned the Joe Weider Lifetime Achievement Award; he was the first one to recieve that honor. During World War II, he was an underground fighter.

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Peter Lorre
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Birthdate: June 26, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Austria-Hungary
Died: March 23, 1964
Hungarian-American actor Peter Lorre went from stage-acting in Vienna to working in films in Germany. He soared to fame with the films M and The Man Who Knew Too Much. He left Germany during the Nazi rule. Fans loved him as Le Chiffre in the TV version of Casino Royale.
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Marton Csokas
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Birthdate: June 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand

New Zealand actor Marton Csokas was born to an Australian mother and a Hungarian father. Known for his roles in series such as Shortland Street and films such as The Equalizer, he chiefly plays the villain. He has his own theater company and has played an award-winning role in the play Uncle Vanya.

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Michu Meszaros
(Best remembered as a performer with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus)

Michu Meszaros
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Birthdate: October 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: June 12, 2016

Known for his 2’9” frame, Mihaly “Michu” Meszaros initially gained fame in the Hungarian National Circus and later as part of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He is best remembered for his portrayal of an alien, wearing a full-body costume, in the NBC series ALF.

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S. Z. Sakall
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Birthdate: February 2, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: February 12, 1955

Renowned character actor S. Z. Sakall lost all of his 3 sisters in Nazi concentration camps. A talented stage actor in both Austria and Germany, he later gained international fame with his roles in movies such as Casablanca and Ball of Fire. He earned the nickname Cuddles for his affable appearance.

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Paul Lukas
(Actor)

Paul Lukas
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Birthdate: May 26, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: August 15, 1971

While actor Paul Lukas initially ruled the Hungarian stage and worked in several productions of Austrian filmmaker and theater director Max Reinhardt, he later moved to the US. He is best remembered for his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Kurt Muller in the film Watch on the Rhine.

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Geza Rohrig
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Birthdate: May 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Best known for his performance as Saul Ausländer in the Academy Award-winning movie Son of Saul, Hungarian actor Geza Rohrig grew up in foster care and was initially interested in music. He is also a talented poet, who has dealt with themes such as the Holocaust in his works.

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Laszlo Toth
(geologist)

Laszlo Toth
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Birthdate: July 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pilisvörösvár
Died: September 11, 2012

Though Hungarian geologist Laszlo Toth moved to Australia to pursue his career, his lack of English skills had him working at a soap factory. He later made headlines for damaging Michelangelo's Pietà at the Vatican with a hammer, screaming that he was Christ. He was sent to an asylum later but wasn’t charged.

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Kornél Mundruczó
(Film director)

Kornél Mundruczó
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Birthdate: April 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gödöllő, Hungary

Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó is best known for his award-winning film White God. He is married to screenwriter Kata Wéber, who often collaborates with him, and their miscarriage inspired his film Pieces of a Woman, which earned actor Vanessa Kirby an Academy Award nomination.

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Steven Geray
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Birthdate: November 10, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uzhhorod, Ukraine
Died: December 26, 1973

Typecast in gentle and soft-spoken characters in films such as Gilda and Spellbound, Hungarian-American actor Steven Geray initially gained fame in the Hungarian stage circle, before performing in London and then moving to the US. Some believe he was forced to leave Europe after being hounded for impersonating Hitler and Mussolini.

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Bill Nagy
(Actor)

Bill Nagy
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Birthdate: February 21, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hungary
Died: January 19, 1973

Hungarian-born actor Bill Nagy was raised in Canada and later settled in Britain, where he had most of his acting projects. A regular in the London stage circuit, he performed in West End shows and later bagged minor roles in many movies. He was initially a ballroom dancer.

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Amerigo Tot
(Sculptor)

Amerigo Tot
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Birthdate: September 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary
Died: December 13, 1984

Renowned Hungarian sculptor Amerigo Tot was also a talented actor. Best known to international audiences for his role in The Godfather Part II, he spent most of his life in Rome, a city he had fled to during the rise of the Nazis. His ceramic works usually showcased abstract and mythological figures.

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Oscar Beregi
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Birthdate: May 12, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: November 1, 1976

Born to popular Hungarian actor Oscar Beregi Sr., Oscar Beregi is best known to audiences for his recurrent appearances in various roles in The Twilight Zone. He initially managed a restaurant in Chile and later worked as a salesman in the US. He was also a breeder of Hungarian sheep dogs.

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Janos Prohaska
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Birthdate: October 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 13, 1974

Hungarian-American actor Janos Prohaska is best known to audiences for his roles as monsters or animals in series such as Star Trek and Gilligan's Island. He also appeared regularly on The Andy Williams Show, as The Cookie Bear. He and his stuntman son, Robert, died in a plane crash while filming a series.

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Sandor Eles
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Birthdate: June 15, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tatabánya, Hungary
Died: September 10, 2002

Hungarian actor Sandor Eles lost both his parents during World War II and moved to Britain during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Initially a stage actor, he later mostly played spies, foreigners, and Nazi officers in films. He also appeared in the soap Crossroads and penned a children’s book.

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Paul Horbiger
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Birthdate: April 29, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 5, 1981

Though born to renowned engineer Hanns Hörbiger, Paul Horbiger studied drama after serving in World War I. He was accused of high treason against Hitler while attempting to rescue Jews during World War II and escaped death narrowly. He was typecast in role of working men in films such as The Third Man.

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Emile Czaja
(Wrestler)

Emile Czaja
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Birthdate: July 15, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hungary
Died: May 16, 1970

Hungarian-born wrestler Emile Czaja began his career in India and earned the name King Kong after essaying the titular role in an Indian movie of the same name. His 1955 match against Indian wrestler Dara Singh was one of the most talked-about matches. He died in a tragic car crash.

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Gábor Bódy
(Director)

Gábor Bódy
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Birthdate: August 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 24, 1985

Hungarian filmmaker Gábor Bódy was a significant member of the Béla Balázs Stúdió in his early days. He later gained fame with movies such as American Torso and Narcissus and Psyche. Though his death was termed a suicide, his wife claimed he had been murdered, leading to a mystery that remains unsolved.

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Zoltán Huszárik
(Film Director)

Zoltán Huszárik
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Birthdate: May 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Domony, Hungary
Died: October 15, 1981

While he initially wished to be an artist and was a talented painter, Zoltán Huszárik later ended up being one of Hungary’s leading filmmakers. Known for films such as Sinbad and Elégia, he was especially fond of experimental short films. He is also known as the father of actor Kata Huszárik.