William Henry Pratt
November 23, 1897
|Died||February 2, 1969|
|Cause of death||Emphysema|
|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.
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).
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.