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Boris Karloff (Actor)

Real Name:
William Henry Pratt
23rd November 1887 in Camberwell, London, England, UK
2nd February 1969 in Midhurst, Sussex, England, UK (emphysema)
Sometimes credited as:


Karloff was the youngest of eight children, and his father, Edward Pratt of the Indian Salt Revenue Services, died when Karloff still was a baby. His mother also died when he was young, so he was largely brought up by his brothers and half-sister Emma. His eldest brother, George, was an actor for a time, and this had an influence on the young boy, who tried hard to emulate his brother. In 1909, Karloff went to Canada where he tried himself in several jobs, incl. digging ditches and laying rail track. In 1919, he moved to America and got his first movie jobs as an extra. His first lead part was as murderous prison barber in Howard Hawks' "Criminal Code" (1931). Though he was a regular player of heavies and villains, he will be remembered mainly for his horror movie roles, especially for Universal's "Frankenstein" (1931 - a role that Bela Lugosi turned down) and "The Mummy" (1932). One of his last performances was in Peter Bogdanovich's "Targets" (1968), where Karloff played an aged horror film star whose brand of screen terror pales besides that of a real-life serial killer. He was known as a gentle man who gave generously of himself to needy children, and he read a collection of stories for children that was released on record.


Transylvania Twist (1989)....Himself
Coleccionista De Cadáveres, El (1970) .... Charles Badulescu ... alternativ: Cauldron Of Blood
Curse Of The Crimson Altar (1968) .... Prof. John Marshe
Fear Chamber, The (1968) .... Dr. Carl Mandel
House Of Evil (1968) .... Matthias Morteval
Isle Of The Snake People (1968) .... Carl Van Molder/Damballah
Die, Monster, Die! (1965) .... Nahum Witley
Tre Volti Della Paura, I (1963) .... Gorca (Segment "The Wurdalak") ... alternativ: Three Faces Of Fear, The
Raven, The (1963) .... Dr. Scarabus
"Veil, The" (1958) TV Series .... Host/Occasional Lead Player
Frankenstein - 1970 (1958) .... Baron Frankenstein
Mostro Dell'Isola, Il (1953) .... Don Gaetano ... alternativ: Island Monster, The
Abbott And Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1953) .... Dr. Henry Jekyll, Mr. Hyde
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947) .... Gruesome
Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, The (1947) .... Doctor Hugo Hollingshead
Isle Of The Dead (1945) .... General Nikolas Pherides ... alternativ: Todesinsel, Die
Body Snatcher, The (1945) .... Cabman John Gray
House Of Frankenstein (1944) .... Dr. Gustav Niemann
Devil Commands, The (1941) .... Dr. Julian Blair
Tower Of London (1939) .... Mord
Man They Could Not Hang, The (1939) .... Dr. Henryk Savaard
Son Of Frankenstein (1939) .... The Monster
Devil's Island (1939) .... Dr. Charles Gaudet
Mr. Wong, Detective (1938) .... James Lee Wong
Charlie Chan At The Opera (1937) .... Gravelle
Walking Dead, The (1936) .... John Ellman
Invisible Ray, The (1936) (as Karloff) .... Dr. Janos Rukh
Raven, The (1935) (as Karloff) .... Edmond Bateman
Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) (as Karloff) .... The Monster
Ghoul, The (1934) .... Professor Morlant
Black Cat, The (1934) (as Karloff) .... Hjalmar Poelzig
Mummy, The (1932) .... Imhotep/Ardath Bey
Mask Of Fu Manchu, The (1932) .... Dr. Fu Manchu
Frankenstein (1931) .... The Monster

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