7 famous Van Helsings who weren’t Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing is by far the most famous portrayer of Dracula’s nemesis, Abraham Van Helsing. He played the professor in various guises and incarnations in Hammer films from 1958’s Dracula to The Legend of Seven Golden Vampires in 1974. But Cushing wasn’t the only famous actor to play the original vampire slayer …

Laurence Olivier Van HelsingLaurence Olivier

Appeared as Van Helsing in Dracula (1979)

Comments: Arguably the greatest actor of his generation, if not all time, Laurence Olivier put another feather in his cap by playing Van Helsing in John “Satuday Night Fever” Badham’s Dracula (1979) with Frank Langella as the Count.

Better known as:  Hamlet, Henry V and a raft of Shakespearian types. Oh, and he also appeared with Peter Cushing in the Old Vic Theatre Company in the 1940s.

Von Sloan as Van HelsingEdward Von Sloan

Appeared as Van Helsing in Dracula (1931)Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

Author: The Spooky Isles

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  1. Ugh, they lose points for mentioning Hugh Jackman as if he has any quality. These others are frail older men who had to beat an ancient evil with their wits and cunning. Jackman… had a rapid fire crossbow… He does not deserve to be on this list.

  2. Not Jackman’s fault the movie sucked, I think.

    Either way, Cushing is my favourite Van Helsing (and favourite everything, really), but to me Van Sloan comes in second, being almost as creepy as Dracula :)

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