His Life in Films, on Stage, and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers, Rhodes, Gary Don, Paperback
He was born Bila Ferenc Dezso Blasko on October 20, 1882, in Hungary. He joined
Budapest's National Theater in 1913 and later appeared in several Hungarian
films under the pseudonym Arisztid Olt. After World War I, he helped the
Communist regime nationalize Hungary's film industry, but barely escaped arrest
when the government was deposed, fleeing to the United States in 1920.