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RIP Horror Legends

Here, in the Night Frights’ crypt, we pay homage to and honor those who dared to be different, created horror in all of its many forms, and graced our lives with their genius and work. We celebrate actors, artists, authors, directors, hosts and anyone who enriched the world of horror with their gifts.

While they may be gone, their work lives on and they will never be forgotten. This is by no means an exhaustive list, which will constantly be evolving.

[Listed in alphabetical order by last name]

Name: CHANEY Jr., Lon

Full Name: Creighton Tull Chaney

Date of Birth / Date of Death: February 10, 1906 – July 12, 1973

Known For: Son of Dracula (1943), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942),The Wolf Man (1941)

Misc. Info.: Chaney was the only horror actor to portray all four of Universal’s classic characters, Count Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy and The Wolf Man.

Lon Chaney Jr
lon chaney jr wolf man

Name: FRID, Jonathan

Full Name: John Herbert Frid

Date of Birth / Date of Death: December , 1924 – April 14, 2014

Known For: Portraying vampire Barnabas Collins on the gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows (1967-1971)

Misc. Info: Was an incredibly-talented, classically-trained stage actor with an impressive body of work. Frid trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and possessed a Masters Degree in directing from Yale. Frid, like Vincent Price, possessed one of the best voices ever heard in the industry.

John Herbert Frid aka Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows

Name: KARLOFF, Boris

Full Name: William Henry Pratt

Date of Birth / Date of Death: November 23, 1887 – February 2, 1969

Known For: Thriller (1960-1962; The Mummy (1932); Frankenstein (1931, 1935, 1939)

Misc. Info.: Karloff recorded over 20 children’s albums and in 1966 he won a Grammy award for How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Karloff has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures and one for TV. When his daughter Sara was born, Karloff rushed to the hospital still in full Frankenstein costume and makeup.

boris karloff frankenstein
boris karloff mummy

Name: LEE, Sir Christopher

Full Name: Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee

Date of Birth / Date of Death: May 27, 1922 – June7, 2015

Known For: Lord of the Rings franchise (Saruman); Star Wars franchise (Count Dooku); The Wickerman (1974); Dracula (multiple productions)

Misc. Info.: Lee was 6’5”, the tallest Dracula ever. Lee was the son of an Italian countess and a distinguished military commander. The British icon was knighted on June 13, 2009 by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles for his services to drama and charity. Lee was a champion fencer. In one of his final interviews, Sir Christopher Lee declared his intention never to retire. He said, “When I die, I want to die with my boots on.”

christopher lee dracula
christopher lee saruman

Name: LUGOSI, Bela

Full Name: Blaskó Béla Ferenc Dezső

Date of Birth / Date of Death: October 20, 1882 – August 16, 1956

Known For: Count Dracula (1931)

Misc. Info.: Before coming to the US, Lugosi acted in Hungarian silent films under the name Arisztid Olt; the name Lugosi came from the fact that Lugosi was born in Lugos, Kingdom Hungary (now known as Lugoj, Romania); Lugosi was buried in full Dracula regalia including his famous satin cape.

bela lugosi dracula

Name: POE, Edgar Allan

Full Name: Edgar Allan Poe

Date of Birth / Date of Death: January 19, 1809 – October 27, 1849

Known For: Author of “The Raven” poem, numerous detective fiction, science fiction and Gothic horror stories

Misc. Info.: Also wrote under the pseudonym Henri Le Rennet; at the age of 26 married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm

edgar allan poe vintage portrait

Name: PRICE, Vincent

Full Name: Vincent Leonard Price, Jr.

Date of Birth / Date of Death: May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993

Known For: Edward Scissorhands (1990); Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982); House on Haunted Hill (1959); The Fly (1958);hundreds of horror roles

Misc. Info.: Has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of fame, one for motion pictures and one for TV; was also an accomplished artist, art collector/curator and chef who published cookbooks

vincent price color photo

Name: SHELLY, Mary

Full Name: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley

Date of Birth / Date of Death: August 30, 1797 – February 1, 1851

Known For: Author of “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus” (1818)

Misc. Info.: Married the romantic poet and philosopher, Percy Bysshe Shelley, after a scandalous affair with him, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, and suicide of Shelley’s first wife

author mary shelley

Name: SIDNEY, Sylvia

Full Name: Sylvia Kosow Sidney

Date of Birth / Date of Death: August 8,1910-July 1, 1999

Known For: Mars Attacks (1996), Beetlejuice (1988), Damien: Omen II (1978), Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1972), Sabotage (1936), An American Tragedy (1931, Through Different Eyes (1929)

Misc. Info.: At one time, Sidney was the highest paid actress in Hollywood. To combat stuttering, at the age of 15 her parents enrolled her at the Theatre Guild in NY. Two years later she was starring on Broadway in The Squall. Sidney received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990, won a Saturn award in 1988 and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1973.

sylvia sidney photos young and old