Boris Karloff

English actor (1887–1969)

Boris Karloff who was born William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), was an English actor.

Boris Karloff
William Henry Pratt

(1897-11-23)23 November 1897
Died(1969-02-02)2 February 1969
Sussex, England
Cause of deathEmphysema
Years active1919–1968

Career change

Born in London, England. His career began in silent movies. The Lightning Raider (1919), The Courage of Marge O'Doone (1920), The Woman Conquers (1922), The Greater Glory (1926), and The Devil's Chaplain (1929), are only a few movies in which he worked, in the 1920s.

Boris Karloff along with Bela Lugosi and silent movie actor Lon Chaney, played a lot wevil roles in movie, undoubtedly his most famous role is that of the monster in Frankenstein (1931), a horror movie that was directed by James Whale.

In 1932 he starred his second horror movie Behind the Mask (1932), as Jim Henderson. That same year he obtained a role in Scarface, with Paul Muni.

He was also in The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), and The Mummy (1932), where he played the Mummy. he formed a successful team, with Bela Lugosi in The Black Cat (1934), The Raven (1935), The Invisible Ray (1936).

The work of John Ford in RKO war movie, The Lost Patrol (1934), as Sanders a religious fanatic, in the First World War.

Karloff returned to the character of the monster in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939).

In the 1940s, starring some good horror movies as The Ape (1940), The Climax (1944), and The House of Frankenstein (1944), with Lon Chaney, Jr. and John Carradine.

In 1949, he worked with the famous duo Abbott and Costello, in the comedy movie, Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff, followed Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953).

In the 60s having a career resurgence, he begins to work with young directors as Roger Corman in The Raven (1963), he plays a wizard who must confront another sorcerer, played by none other than Vincent Price. Another Corman movie, was The Terror (1963).

Karloff returned to work with Vincent Price in The Comedy of Terrors (1963), by Jacques Tourneur.

Television change

Karloff appeared in many television shows, including his British TV series, Coronel March of Scotland Yard (1954–56). It was also the host of the American television series Boris Karloff presents (1960-62).

In 1966, Karloff played The Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Boris Karloff is a guest star, in TV series Suspense, The United States Steel Hour, The Veil, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Jim West, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., The Red Skelton Show, I Spy.

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