David Manners, stage and film actor best remembered as the quarry for Bela Lugosi's "Dracula" in 1931, has died. He was 98.
Manners died Dec. 23 at a retirement care facility in Santa Barbara.
Horror films, he once said, were his "only claim to fame." He actually made about three dozen motion pictures during the 1930s, most frequently as the handsome romantic lead, and appeared regularly on stages throughout Canada and the United States in the 1920s to 1940s.
But he was best known in the horror genre. In Tod Browning's 1931 film about the eerie Transylvanian Count Dracula, Manners played John Harker, fiance of leading lady Helen Chandler as Mina. Lugosi, in the title role, chased and terrorized the young couple.
Manners portrayed half of another terrified couple of lovers in the 1932 "The Mummy" starring Boris Karloff. And Manners played a novelist with third billing to both Karloff and Lugosi in the 1934 film about devil worshipers titled "Black Cat."