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Max Schreck made film history with his creepy portrayal of a vampire in F.W. Murnau’s classic silent film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror (1922).
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In Shadow of the Vampire, Schreck was a real vampire hired to play Dracula, playing on a rumor that had circulated for years. Some had suspected that Schreck really was a vampire because of his mysterious background and his convincing performance.
Schreck was married to German actress Fanny Normann.
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