Karloff always claimed he chose the first name "Boris" because it sounded foreign and exotic, and that "Karloff" was a family name (from Karlov—in Cyrillic, Карлов—a name found in several Slavic countries, including Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria).
Boris Karloff, Actor: Bride of Frankenstein. Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry Pratt was born on November 23, 1887, in Camberwell, ...
Boris Karloff has created a body of work that has never been supplanted by any other artist. He is still an iconic figure of our society. Children to the elderly immediately think of Mr. Karloff when reading Mary Shelley. Further, Mr. Karloff endured unspeakable discomfort in portraying these characterizations.
Following the success of last year’s Bela Lugosi films, two of which teamed him up with Boris Karloff, Eureka Entertainment’s latest release is ‘Karloff at Columbia’ – a collection of no fewer than six films starring the legendary British horror actor who became a Hollywood legend.
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Boris Karloff owed his fame, and thereby his subsequent career , to actor Bela Lugosi: if it weren't for Lugosi turning down the role of Frankenstein (1931) because of the heavy makeup and the part being mute, the role would have never been available for Karloff, who until then had only been an extra and played heavies.
Boris Karloff, English actor who became internationally famous for his sympathetic and chilling portrayal of the monster in the classic horror film Frankenstein. He reprised the role in several sequels and also provided the voices of the Grinch and the narrator in the holiday standard How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
This is the filmography of Boris Karloff. Born as William Henry Pratt, he joined a touring company and adopted the stage name Boris Karloff. During these early stages of his career he was mostly left in obscurity. By 1919, Karloff found regular work as an extra at Universal Studios.
Oct 27, 2020 · Boris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt in Camberwell, South London, on November 23, 1887. The youngest of nine children by five years, Karloff grew up virtually an only child. His father, Edward John Pratt Jr., was a career diplomat who was seldom at home.
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Boris Karloff. Appearing 6 Credits. Days of Thrills and Laughter. Horror of It All. Horrible Horror. Monsters, Maniacs & Phantoms: Oh the Horror! Cinema Circus.
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