|Bela Lugosi (1882 - 1956)
a.k.a. Arisztid Olt
|Dracula (1931) [Count Dracula]: Stabbed in the chest with a wooden stake by Edward Van Sloan. (Note: Although the character Dracula was brought back to life in many subsequent sequels (played by different actors), I am listing this death scene for its historical significance as Bela's first portrayal of Dracula.)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) [Dr. Mirakle]: Neck snapped by his trained gorilla (Charles Gemora in an ape suit); his body is shown afterwards covered by a sheet in the morgue. (Thanks to Anton)
White Zombie (1932) [Murder Legendre]: Pushed over a cliff. (Thanks to DLS)
The Black Cat (The House of Doom; The Vanishing Body) (1934) [Dr. Vitus Werdegast]: Killed in an explosion when he blows up the cultists' headquarters; we see Bela activate the bomb, followed by an exterior shot of the house exploding.
The Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934) [Mr. Fu Wong a.k.a. Lysee]: Shot to death by Robert Emmett O'Connor while Bela is trying to escape. (Thanks to Jeffrey)
Murder by Television (The Houghland Murder Case) (1935) [Arthur Perry]: Killed by Huntly Gordon (though I don't know the details).
The Raven (1935) [Dr. Richard Vollin]: Crushed to death when the walls of his own death-trap room close in on him, after Boris Karloff throws him in. We see Bela screaming inside the room, then the movie cuts away to the next room.
The Invisible Ray (1936) [Dr. Felix Benet]: Killed by Boris Karloff's death-touch after Bela tries to shoot Boris. (Thanks to DLS and Anton)
S.O.S. Coast Guard (1937) [Boroff]: Disintegrated, along with Richard Alexander, when Richard smashes one of Bela's disintegration-gas bombs on the deck of the boat. (This 1937 serial was later re-edited and condensed into the 1942 feature film S.O.S. Coast Guard.)
Son of Frankenstein (1939) [Ygor]: Shot in the stomach by Basil Rathbone during a fight in Basil's laboratory. His body is shown again later on when Boris Karloff discovers him. (The 1942 sequel The Ghost of Frankenstein revealed that Bela had survived the shooting, but it's clear that this was originally intended as a death scene.)
Black Friday (1940) [Eric Marnay]: Suffocated (off-screen) after Stanley Ridges locks him in a closet; we last hear him pleading for mercy behind the door, and his death is confirmed in a newspaper headline. (Thanks to Anton)
The Devil Bat (Killer Bats) (1940) [Dr. Paul Carruthers]: Killed by his own monster bat while walking along a garden path with Suzanne Kaaren.
The Human Monster (The Dark Eyes of London; Dead Eyes of London) (1940) [Dr. Feodor Orloff/Professor John Dearborn]: Drowned in the muddy water after being pushed through a window. (Thanks to PortsGuy)
You'll Find Out (Here Come the Boogie Men) (1940) [Prince Saliano]: Killed in an explosion, along with Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, when a dog retrieves the dynamite that Peter had thrown at Kay Kyser and Kay's band. (Played for comic effect.)
The Black Cat (1941) [Eduardo]: Shot in the chest by Gladys Cooper when he enters her room.
The Wolf Man (1941) [Bela]: Beaten to death (while in his wolf form) with a silver-handled cane by Lon Chaney Jr. in the woods. His body is shown afterwards (after changing back into his human form), lying face down in the woods when Ralph Bellamy and the rest of the police investigate.
The Corpse Vanishes (The Case of the Missing Brides) (1942) [Dr. Lorenz]: Stabbed by Minerva Urecal; he dies shortly after killing Minerva in turn.
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) [Ygor]: His body dies (off-screen) when Lionel Atwill surginally removes Bela's brain, which is transplanted into Lon Chaney Jr.'s body. Lon's body (with Bela's brain) seemingly is burned to death after the castle catches fire, but the creature returned (this time actually played by Bela) in the 1943 sequel Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.
The Ape Man (Lock Your Doors) (1943) [Dr. James Brewster]: Mauled to death by his gorilla in his laboratory; his body is shown afterwards when his sister (Minerva Urecal) discovers him.
The Return of the Vampire (1944) [Armand Tesla a.k.a. Dr. Hugo Bruckner]: Stabbed in the chest with a wooden stake by Matt Willis.
The Body Snatcher (1945) [Joseph]: Suffocated when Boris Karloff puts his hands over Bela's face in Boris' shack. Bela's body is shown again later on when Henry Daniell discovers it in a vat of water in Henry's laboratory.
Genius at Work (1946) [Stone]: Shot by police, then falls to his death from the rooftop, just as Bela is about to shoot Wally Brown and Alan Carney.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Abbott and Costello Meet the Ghosts; The Brain of Frankenstein) (1948) [Count Dracula]: Killed by Lon Chaney Jr., while Lon is in his wolf-man form. (Thanks to DLS)
Bride of the Monster (Bride of the Atom) (1955) [Dr. Eric Vornoff]: Falls into the clutches of the monster octopus in the lake, then is killed in a nuclear explosion (presumably due to the fact that both Bela and the octopus had been atomically mutated).
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) [Ghoul Man]: Run over by a car (off-camera); we hear the crash after Bela walks out of the frame. He is later brought back to life by the aliens' ray, but dies once again (transforming into a skeleton) when the alien "deactivate" him as a demonstration of their power. (Note: Since most of this movie was filmed after Bela's actual death, the "resurrected" Bela was played by Dr. Tom Mason (Ed Wood's chiropractor), holding his cape over his face.)