A Count is a title relating to noble bearing in European culture. It denotes a rank of authoritative virtue and is often a hereditary title. The feminine equivalent to a Count is a Countess. Counts are often portrayed as wealthy landowners whose rank amongst the nobility is an intermediate one between the highest, a King, and that of lower titles such as a Lord.
Fictionalized versions of the infamous vampire character Dracula have erroneously portrayed him as a Count. Count was not a title used in Southeast Europe at the time, and the historical Dracula was actually addressed by the title of Voivode. One of the more well-known actors to play Dracula in film is Christopher Lee, who played the role in seven films produced by Hammer Film Productions between 1958 and 1973.
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