Boris Karloff: Birthday

English actor
Born: November 23, 1887
Died: February 2, 1969

Boris Karloff, born William Henry Pratt on November 23, 1887, was an English actor known for his iconic portrayal of monsters in classic horror films. He gained worldwide fame for his role as the creature in the 1931 film “Frankenstein,” which marked the beginning of his illustrious career in the horror genre. Karloff’s distinctive voice and menacing presence made him a sought-after actor for horror films in the 1930s and 1940s.

Beyond his famous portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster, Karloff starred in numerous other horror classics, including “The Mummy” (1932) and “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935). His ability to bring depth and sympathy to his monstrous characters set him apart in the genre. Despite being typecast as a horror actor, Karloff displayed his versatility by taking on roles in non-horror films and even lent his voice to animated projects.

Boris Karloff’s career spanned several decades, earning him a lasting legacy as one of the legends of horror cinema. He passed away on February 2, 1969, leaving behind a body of work that continues to captivate and terrify audiences to this day.

Boris Karloff’s 5 most popular quotes

  • The monster was the best friend I ever had.
  • When I was nine, I played the demon king in “Cinderella” and it launched me on a long and happy life of being a monster.
  • My wife has good taste. She has seen very few of my movies.
  • Certainly, I was typed. But what is typing? It is a trademark, a means by which the public recognizes you. Actors work all their lives to achieve that. I got mine with just one picture. It was a blessing.
  • It grossed something like 12 million dollars and started a cycle of so-called boy-meets-ghoul horror films.
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