Boris Karloff

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Boris Karloff
Born William Henry Pratt
November 23, 1897(1897-11-23)
London, England
Died February 2, 1969
Sussex, England
Cause of death Emphysema
Occupation Actor
Years active 1919 - 1968

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

Career[change | change source]

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, where the firsts actor to play evil roles in movie, undoubtedly his most memorable role is that of the monster in Frankenstein (1931), a masterpiece of 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.

Two of his greatest classics are 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 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 | change source]

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).

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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