In the 1979 film where Frank Langella played Dracula, the role of Van Helsing is played by Laurence Olivier. The film is a British-American dark romantic horror movie. It was been directed by John Badham and produced by Marvin Mirisch and Walter Mirisch.

Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Olivier) is a fictional character based upon the persona in the 1897 gothic horror novel 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker and 'Dracula' (1924 play) by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. Van Helsing is an aged polymath Dutch doctor with a wide range of interests and accomplishments. He is a man with a wealth of experience, education, and expertise when it comes to being a vampire hunter and the archenemy of Count Dracula. As a renowned and relentless hunter, Professor Van Helsing (Olivier) seeks to end the dark prince's reign of terror over the citizens of Transylvania.

Laurence Olivier was born in May 1907, in Dorking, Surrey, England. He died in July 1989 in Amhurst, England. He was an actor who many called the greatest actor in the English-speaking world during the 20th century. Though Sir Laurence Olivier was based mostly in England, he made a significant number of Hollywood films. He was nominated for Academy Awards as either an actor, producer, or director 12 times, winning twice, while also being honored with two special Oscars. During his long and versatile career, Olivier appeared in more than 120 stage roles, nearly 60 films and more than 15 TV productions.

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