Starting big! The world-famous Dracula! Dracula first appeared in a 1897 Gothic horror novel of the same name, written by Bram Stoker. Since then he's been all over the place, and pretty much everyone knows his name! One of the more famous portayals of Dracula was in the 1931 movie, with actor Bela Lugosi. Other actors who portrayed Count Dracula include Christopher Lee in Dracula (1958).