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Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), whose real name was William Henry Pratt, was an English-born actor who emigrated to Canada in 1909. Karloff is best remembered for his roles in horror films and his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). His popularity following Frankenstein was such that for a brief time he was billed simply as "Karloff" or "Karloff the Uncanny". His best-known non-horror role is as the Grinch in the television special of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. Description above from the Wikipedia article Boris Karloff, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Nov 23, 1887 In Camberwell, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie His Majesty, the American 1919-09-01
Latest Project:
Series The Veil 2022
Known For
Poster of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Poster of Starring Boris Karloff
Poster of The Bride of Frankenstein
Poster of Frankenstein
Series The Veil Unknown 2022
Series The Ernie Kovacs Show 2022
Movie Jack Pierce: The Man Who Made the Monsters Self (archive footage) 2015-10-02
Movie Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored Himself (archive footage) 2013-01-29
Movie A Masque of Madness (Notes on Film 06-B, Monologue 02) Self (archive footage) 2013-08-14
Movie The Complete Bob Wilkins Creature Features Unknown 2012-08-23
Movie Ian Rankin Investigates: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Cabman John Gray (archive footage) 2007-06-16
Movie Bela Lugosi: The Fallen Vampire Himself (archive footage) 2007-10-24
Movie Karloff: The Gentle Monster Self (archive footage) 2006-04-30
Movie Terror in the Tropics Mr. Wong (archive footage) 2006-01-31
Movie Lugosi: The Dark Prince Self (archive footage) 2006-09-26
Series Bones Imhotep (archive footage) (uncredited) 2005-09-13
Movie The Mesmerist (archive footage) 2003-11-07
Movie Heroes of Horror Various Roles (Archive Footage) 2001-01-01
Movie Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed Im-ho-Tep 2000-08-29
Movie The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster Himself (Archival) 1999-01-01
Movie The Universal Story Himself (archive footage) 1996-04-21
Movie Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To (archive footage) 1990-06-04
Movie Transylvania Twist Man in Room 1989-10-01
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie Macabre Serenade Matthias Morteval 1972-01-01
Movie Isle of the Snake People Carl van Molder / Damballah 1971-03-01
Movie Alien Terror Prof. John Mayer 1971-04-01
Movie Cauldron of Blood Franz Badulescu 1970-02-16
Movie Hatchet for the Honeymoon Gorca (archive footage) 1970-06-02
Movie Targets Byron Orlok 1968-05-15
Movie Fear Chamber Dr. Carl Mandel 1968-01-01
Movie Curse of the Crimson Altar Professor John Marsh 1968-12-01
Movie Mad Monster Party? Baron Boris von Frankenstein (voice) 1967-03-08
Movie The Venetian Affair Dr. Pierre Vaugiroud 1967-01-18
Movie The Sorcerers Prof. Marcus Monserrat 1967-06-25
Movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Documentary The Grinch 1966-01-01
Movie Doom of Dracula The Madman 1966-01-01
Movie The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini The Corpse 1966-04-06
Movie The Daydreamer The Rat 1966-06-01
Movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Narrator / The Grinch (voice) 1966-12-18
Series The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Unknown 1966-09-13
Series The Wild Wild West Unknown 1965-09-17
Movie Die, Monster, Die! Nahum Witley 1965-10-26
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie A Fool's World Himself - Narrator 1964-01-01
Movie The Comedy of Terrors Amos Hinchley 1964-01-22
Series Shindig! Unknown 1964-09-16
Movie Today's Teens Narrator 1964-02-02
Movie Bikini Beach Art Dealer 1964-07-22
Movie The Terror Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe 1963-06-17
Movie The Raven Dr. Scarabus 1963-01-25
Movie Black Sabbath Gorca [in "The Wurdalak"] 1963-08-17
Movie Arsenic & Old Lace Jonathan Brewster 1962-02-05
Movie The Incredible Doktor Markesan Dr. Konrad Markesan 1962-02-25
Series Out of This World 1962-06-30
Movie Little Lost Robot Host 1962-07-07
Movie Days of Thrills and Laughter 1961-03-21
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series Thriller Host 1960-09-13
Movie Jack the Ripper Host / Capt. John Elwood / Jonas Atterbury / Dr. Francis Mason 1958-03-08
Series Shirley Temple's Storybook Unknown 1958-01-12
Movie Destination Nightmare Host / Ira Perry / Pete Wade Sr. / Professor Charles Goncourt / Morgan Debs 1958-03-08
Movie The Veil Unknown 1958-01-01
Movie The Juggler of Our Lady Narrator (voice) 1958-04-08
Movie Corridors of Blood Dr. Thomas Bolton 1958-12-01
Movie Heart of Darkness Mr. Kurtz 1958-11-06
Movie Frankenstein 1970 Baron Viktor von Frankenstein 1958-07-20
Movie Grip of the Strangler James Rankin 1958-05-11
Movie Voodoo Island Phillip Knight 1957-02-01
Series DuPont Show of the Month Unknown 1957-09-29
Series Suspicion Unknown 1957-09-30
Series Colonel March of Scotland Yard 1956-02-29
Series Telephone Time Unknown 1956-04-08
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Sabaka General Pollegar 1955-02-02
Movie A Connecticut Yankee King Arthur 1955-03-12
Movie Colonel March Investigates Colonel March 1955-08-22
Series This Is Your Life self 1955-07-29
Movie The Island Monster Don Gaetano 1954-01-02
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde 1953-08-01
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie The Black Castle Dr. Meissen 1952-11-20
Series Down You Go 1951-05-30
Series Tales of Tomorrow Unknown 1951-08-03
Movie The Strange Door Voltan 1951-06-21
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06
Series Lights Out Unknown 1949-07-19
Series Starring Boris Karloff 1949-09-22
Movie Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Swami Talpur 1949-08-22
Movie Tap Roots Tishomingo 1948-08-25
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Lured Charles van Druten 1947-08-28
Movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Dr. Hugo Hollingshead 1947-09-01
Movie Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome Gruesome 1947-09-26
Movie Unconquered Guyasuta, Chief of the Senecas 1947-10-10
Movie Bedlam George Sims 1946-05-10
Movie The Body Snatcher John Gray 1945-05-25
Movie Isle of the Dead Gen. Nikolas Pherides 1945-09-01
Movie The Climax Dr. Friedrich Hohner 1944-10-20
Movie House of Frankenstein Dr. Niemann 1944-12-01
Series The Dr. Seuss Show Unknown 1942-01-01
Movie The Boogie Man Will Get You Prof. Nathaniel Billings 1942-10-22
Movie Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood No. 6 Himself 1942-10-05
Movie The Devil Commands Dr. Julian Blair 1941-02-03
Movie Black Friday Dr. Ernest Sovac 1940-02-29
Movie British Intelligence Valdar 1940-01-29
Movie The Fatal Hour James Lee Wong 1940-01-15
Movie You'll Find Out Judge Spencer Mainwaring 1940-11-22
Movie The Man with Nine Lives Dr. Leon Kravaal 1940-04-18
Movie The Ape Dr. Bernard Adrian 1940-09-30
Movie Doomed to Die James Lee Wong 1940-08-12
Movie The Mummy's Hand Kharis (archive footage) (uncredited) 1940-09-20
Movie Before I Hang Dr. John Garth 1940-09-17
Movie Son of Frankenstein The Monster 1939-01-13
Movie The Mystery of Mr. Wong James Lee Wong 1939-03-08
Movie Devil's Island Dr. Charles Gaudet 1939-01-07
Movie Mr. Wong in Chinatown Mr. James Lee Wong 1939-08-01
Movie Tower of London Mord 1939-11-17
Movie The Man They Could Not Hang Dr. Henryk Savaard 1939-08-17
Movie The Invisible Menace Jevries 1938-01-22
Movie Mr. Wong, Detective Mr. James Lee Wong 1938-10-05
Movie Breakdowns of 1937 Himself 1937-01-23
Movie Cinema Circus Himself 1937-01-27
Movie West Of Shanghai Wu Yen Fang 1937-10-30
Movie Night Key David Mallory 1937-04-18
Movie The Invisible Ray Dr. Janos Rukh 1936-01-20
Movie The Walking Dead John Ellman 1936-03-01
Movie Juggernaut Dr. Victor Sartorius 1936-09-08
Movie Charlie Chan at the Opera Gravelle 1936-12-04
Movie The Man Who Changed His Mind Dr. Laurience 1936-09-11
Movie The Bride of Frankenstein The Monster 1935-04-20
Movie Hollywood Hobbies Himself 1935-07-05
Movie The Black Room Baron Gregor de Berghman / Anton de Berghman 1935-07-15
Movie The Raven Edmond Bateman 1935-07-08
Movie The Lost Patrol Sanders 1934-02-16
Movie The House of Rothschild Count Ledrantz 1934-04-07
Movie Screen Snapshots No. 11 Himself 1934-01-01
Movie Gift of Gab Himself 1934-09-01
Movie The Black Cat Hjalmar Poelzig 1934-05-07
Movie The Ghoul Prof. Morlant 1933-08-01
Movie The Miracle Man Nikko 1932-04-01
Movie The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood Boris Karloff 1932-03-27
Movie The Mummy Imhotep / Ardath Bey 1932-01-01
Movie Scarface Gaffney 1932-04-09
Movie Behind the Mask Jim Henderson 1932-02-25
Movie The Mask of Fu Manchu Dr. Fu Manchu 1932-11-05
Movie Boo Frankenstein's Monster (edited from "Frankenstein") 1932-12-01
Movie The Old Dark House Morgan 1932-10-20
Movie Night World 'Happy' MacDonald 1932-05-04
Movie Skyscraper Souls Man Approaching Ticket Counter 1932-07-16
Movie The Vanishing Legion The Voice (voice) 1931-06-01
Movie Young Donovan's Kid Cokey Joe 1931-06-06
Movie Cracked Nuts Boris - First Revolutionary 1931-04-18
Movie King of the Wild Mustapha 1931-03-01
Movie Smart Money Sport Williams (uncredited) 1931-07-11
Movie Tonight or Never Waiter 1931-01-04
Movie The Public Defender The Professor 1931-08-01
Movie The Guilty Generation Tony Ricca 1931-11-19
Movie Frankenstein The Monster 1931-11-21
Movie The Yellow Ticket Drunken Orderly 1931-10-30
Movie The Mad Genius Fedor's Father (uncredited) 1931-11-07
Movie Five Star Final T. Vernon Isopod 1931-09-26
Movie Graft Terry 1931-09-21
Movie I Like Your Nerve Luigi - Pacheco's Butler 1931-09-12
Movie The Sea Bat Corsican 1930-07-05
Movie The Criminal Code Ned Galloway 1930-12-31
Movie The Utah Kid Henchman Baxter 1930-11-07
Movie Behind That Curtain Beetham's Manservent 1929-06-28
Movie The Phantom of the North Jules Gregg 1929-05-27
Movie The King of the Kongo Scarface Macklin 1929-08-29
Movie The Unholy Night The Hindu Lawyer 1929-09-13
Movie Tarzan and the Golden Lion Owaza 1927-03-20
Movie The Phantom Buster Ramon 1927-08-13
Movie The Love Mart Fleming 1927-12-18
Movie Two Arabian Knights Purser 1927-09-23
Movie Her Honor, the Governor Unknown 1926-07-19
Movie The Greater Glory Scissors Grinder 1926-05-02
Movie The Bells The Mesmerist 1926-07-29
Movie The Man in the Saddle Robber (uncredited) 1926-07-11
Movie The Eagle of the Sea Pirate (uncredited) 1926-10-17
Movie Old Ironsides Saracen Guard 1926-12-06
Movie The Nickel-Hopper Dance Hall Masher 1926-12-04
Movie The Prairie Wife Unknown 1925-02-23
Movie Parisian Nights Pierre 1925-09-27
Movie Dynamite Dan Tony Garcia 1924-10-02
Movie The Cave Girl Baptiste 1921-12-26
Movie The Hope Diamond Mystery Unknown 1921-02-19
Movie Without Benefit of Clergy 1921-06-19
Movie The Deadlier Sex Unknown 1920-03-28
Movie The Last of the Mohicans Indian (uncredited) 1920-11-21
Movie His Majesty, the American Henchman in cloth cap 1919-09-01