Edward Van Sloan was a character actor like no other. In his life he was able to bring characters in several different movies from all walks of life. Yet, his portrayal as Van Helsing in the 1931 film Dracula is one that has stood out the most for me.
After forcing an innocent Englishman, Jonathan Harker, to do his bidding Count Dracula leaves Transylvania for England. Hiding his true identity as a vampire, Dracula makes the acquaintance of Dr. Seward and his young daughter Mina. Becoming obsessed with Mina he decides to turn her into one of him. However, he has to face off against Van Helsing who has pieced together Count Dracula as being a vampire. Van Helsing knows that he has to stop the count from achieving his mission. Sadly, he has to convince many people that Dracula is in fact a vampire in order to stop him once and for all.
In 1931, the original vampire classic Dracula premiered to the world. At the time, Dracula quickly rose to become one of the scariest films of all time. Yet, it would not have been the same if Edward Van Sloan did not portray Van Helsing. On November 1, 1882, Edward Van Sloan would go on to bring many other beloved characters to life.