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...
“ The quality of his performances as well as the quality of the films he selected to make is simply unmatched in the genre. ” - Jamie_Shannon
Although his parents were deaf-mutes, Leonidas Chaney became an actor and also owner of a theatre company (together with his brother John). He made his debut at the movies in 1912, and his filmography is vast. Lon Chaney was especially famous for his horror parts in movies like e.g. Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
“ Simply legendary, he started the genre of horror. ” - Jamie_Shannon
Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was born in St Louis, Missouri, to Marguerite Cobb (Wilcox) and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., president of the National Candy Company. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles...
“ His collaboration with Roger Corman produced works of horror that are simply genre defying masterpieces. ” - Jamie_Shannon
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
“ His portrayal of Dracula took the vampire in a new direction. ” - Jamie_Shannon
It's ironic that Martin Landau
won an Oscar for impersonating Bela Lugosi (in Ed Wood
) when Lugosi himself never came within a mile of one, but that's just the latest of many sad ironies surrounding Lugosi's career. Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos...
“ Dracula. the Black Cat and White Zombie simply classics. ” - Jamie_Shannon
Peter Wilton Cushing was born on May 26, 1913 in Kenley, Surrey, England, to Nellie Maria (King) and George Edward Cushing, a quantity surveyor. He and his older brother David were raised first in Dulwich Village, a south London suburb, and then later back in Surrey. At an early age, Cushing was attracted to acting...
“ The Van Helsing ” - Jamie_Shannon
Veteran character actor Robert Englund was born in Glendale, California, to Janis (MacDonald) and John Kent Englund, an aeronautics engineer. He has Swedish, Danish, Scottish, and English ancestry. Since 1973, Englund has appeared in over 75 feature films and starred in four TV series. He has starred alongside Oscar-winners Henry Fonda...
“ As the reboot showed he will always be Freddy without him Freddy would not be Freddy. ” - Jamie_Shannon
Peter was born in Rózsahegy, Hungary, to Alois and Elvira Löwenstein. He was educated in elementary and secondary schools in Vienna, Austria. He ran away from home when he was 17 and joined an improvised theater. In 1922, he worked as a bank clerk. Did bits with a company in Breslau, then secured a part in Galsworthy's "Society" in Zurich...
“ M, The Raven, Mad Love, The Comedy of Terrors. The horror films he made he took over with his performances ” - Jamie_Shannon
Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the obsessed...
“ Forever chasing Michael Meyers through a mixed quality of films he was always spot on. From Beyond the Grave. Prince of Darkness. and Phenomena all classics. ” - Jamie_Shannon
In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi
and Rob Tapert
, Bruce Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, The Evil Dead
, in which he starred and co-executive produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983...
“ Ash ” - Jamie_Shannon
“ Chop Top continues to give new life with his performances in the genre. Every movie he is in bears his stamp. ” - Jamie_Shannon
was born in Chicago, the eldest of four children. In World War II, Sgt. John Agar was a United States Army Air Force physical instructor. His 1945 marriage at the Wilshire Memorial Church to "America's Sweetheart" Shirley Temple
put him in the public eye for the first time, and a movie contract with independent producer David O. Selznick
“ King of the late 50's Sci-fi/Horror ” - Jamie_Shannon
Jeffrey Combs was born on September 9th, 1954 in Oxnard, California. He grew up in Lompoc, California with a plethora of siblings both older and younger. He attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, and the Professional Actor's Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle...
“ He is Dr. Herbert West. a perfect performance that was followed by From Beyond. Castle Freak and he was the best thing about the Re-animator sequels ” - Jamie_Shannon
An intense, versatile actor as adept at playing clean-cut FBI agents as he is psychotic motorcycle-gang leaders, who can go from portraying soulless, murderous vampires to burned-out, world-weary homicide detectives, Lance Henriksen has starred in a variety of films that have allowed him to stretch his talents just about as far as an actor could possibly hope...
“ Near Dark, Aliens, Pumpkin Head ” - Jamie_Shannon
Character actor Brad Dourif was born Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the son of Joan Mavis Felton (Bradford) and Jean Henri Dourif, a French-born art collector who owned and operated a dye factory. His father died when Dourif was three years old, after which his mother married Bill Campbell...
“ Chucky Exorcist 3 ” - Jamie_Shannon
John Carradine, the son of a reporter/artist and a surgeon, grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. He attended Christ Church School and Graphic Art School, studying sculpture, and afterward roamed the South selling sketches. He made his acting debut in "Camille" in a New Orleans theatre in 1925. Arriving in Los Angeles in 1927...
“ House of Seven Corpses. House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula Howling ” - Jamie_Shannon
Handsome, rugged, versatile and charismatic character actor Tom Atkins was born on November 13, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Atkins initially became an avid horror film fan in his childhood days; Howard Hawks
' immortal classic The Thing from Another World
made an especially strong impression on him as a kid...
“ Night of the Creeps, The Fog, Halloween 3, My Bloody Valentine Reboot, Maniac Cop ” - Jamie_Shannon
Max Schreck was born in Berlin. He worked in an apprenticeship until his father's death before enrolling into a school for acting. He toured the country with his peers and was a member of several theaters until he became a part of Max Reinhardt's group of innovative German actors. He played mostly out of the norm characters...
“ The performance this man was Orlock. ” - Jamie_Shannon
Anthony Perkins was born April 4, 1932 in New York City to Janet Esselstyn (Rane) and Osgood Perkins
, an actor of both stage and film. His paternal great-grandfather was noted engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony. Perkins attended the Brooks School, the Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University and Rollins College...
“ Norman ” - Jamie_Shannon
Lon Chaney Jr.
American character actor whose career was influenced (and often overshadowed) by that of his father, silent film star Lon Chaney
. The younger Chaney was born while his parents were on a theatrical tour, and he joined them onstage for the first time at the age of six months. However, as a young man...
“ The Wolfman never escaped his fathers shadow but his early work was House of Frankenstein, Mummy's Tomb, Ghost of Frankenstein and they overshadowed his latter work. ” - Jamie_Shannon
The youngest of four brothers, Doug Jones was born on the 24th May, 1960, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and grew up in the city's Northeastside. After attending Bishop Chatard High School, he headed off to Ball State University, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications, with a minor in Theatre...
“ Absentia, Legion, Quarantine ” - Jamie_Shannon
On October 14, 1942, Lionel Atwill was sentenced to five years' probation on a perjury conviction stemming from his grand jury testimony the previous year on a morals charge stemming from his showing pornographic movies to party goers at his home during his 1940 Christmas party. Atwill, the victim of an attempted shakedown...
“ Frankenstein's arch enemy ” - Jamie_Shannon
Udo Kier was born October 14, 1944 in Cologne, Germany, during World War II. His entrance was just as dramatic as some of his roles. On the evening of his birth Udo's mother requested extra time with her new baby. The nurses had gathered all of the other babies and returned them to the nursery when the hospital was bombed...
“ Suspiria. Shadow of the Vampire. Mother of Tears, Mark of the Devil ” - Jamie_Shannon
A native of the Bronx, New York, Richard "Dick" Miller served in the U.S. Navy for a few years and earned a prize title as a middleweight boxer. He settled in Los Angeles in the mid-1950s, where he was noticed by producer/director Roger Corman
, who cast him in most of his low-budget films, usually playing unlikeable sorts...
“ Little Shop of Horrors and many many others ” - Jamie_Shannon
Perhaps best known for his chilling performance as "Candyman", the charismatic 6' 5" actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the fantasy film Sleepwalk
. Born in Washington, D.C., Todd spent two years on a scholarship at the University of Connecticut...
“ The Candyman ” - Jamie_Shannon
The son of an attorney, Richard Carlson had an introspective quality to his performances and looked every inch the academic he first aspired to be. Following his graduation from the University of Minnesota with a Master's Degree in English, the tall, dark-haired youth had a brief stint as a drama teacher at his alma mater...
“ The other king of late 50s scifi horror craze ” - Jamie_Shannon
An extremely versatile character actor and originator of several memorable characterizations in the horror film genre, Dwight Frye had a notable theatrical career in the 1920s, moving from juvenile parts to leads before entering film. A favorite actor of Broadway theatrical producer-director Brock Pemberton
“ Reinfield or Igor which is better? ” - Jamie_Shannon
Mr. Bradley was born on September 7th 1954 in Liverpool, England. Since his school days Bradley has been close friends with Clive Barker. In the seventies Bradley and Clive Barker founded the progressive theatre group "Dog Company". While Barker worked on writing with his friend Peter Atkins (script-writer for several Hellraiser films)...
“ Pinhead ” - Jamie_Shannon
Who could forget Colin Clive's "It's Alive! It's Alive!" as he melted to the floor mumbling the same over and over in ecstasy after his success at animating the Monster in the first sound version of Frankenstein
. Film history - horror film history - but part of a short history for actor Colin Clive - he died at 37 years of age...
“ Will Always be Dr Frankenstein its alive ” - Jamie_Shannon
Klaus Kinski was born Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began acting on the stage...
“ Nosferatu, Crawlspace ” - Jamie_Shannon
Pittsburgh-born actor/SFX wizard/stuntman/director Tom Savini did a tour of duty as a combat cameraman in Vietnam, and has since acquired a remarkable cult following among film fans, primarily due to his ground-breaking SFX in the "splatter movie" explosion of the early 1980s. Along with fellow special make-up legends Dick Smith
and Rob Bottin
“ Dawn of the Dead, Dusk Till Dawn ” - Jamie_Shannon
Tall, bald and nearly always bearded, Sid Haig has provided hulking menace to many a low-budget exploitation film and high-priced action film. Sid Haig was born Sidney Eddie Mosesian on July 14, 1939 in Fresno, California, a screaming ball of hair. His parents, Roxy (Mooradian) and Haig Mosesian, an electrician...
“ Devils Rejects. ” - Jamie_Shannon
Keith David was born Keith David Williams in New York City's Harlem district, and was raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director. As a child, he realized he wanted...
“ The Thing, They Live ” - Jamie_Shannon
“ Jason ” - Jamie_Shannon
Late 1970s horror genre icon who's best known for his creepy performance as "Pluto" in the uncompromising Wes Craven
horror film The Hills Have Eyes
. Berryman (who suffers from Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia, a rare condition leaving him with no sweat glands, hair, fingernails or teeth) reminds...
“ Hills Have Eyes ” - Jamie_Shannon
Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1941, Jürgen Prochnow is a leading actor of the German stage and screen. He was memorable as the submarine captain in the gritty WW II film Das Boot
, which brought him to international prominence. He has since starred in many well-received European and Hollywood productions.
“ The Keep, The Seventh Sign ” - Jamie_Shannon
“ The Other Jason ” - Jamie_Shannon
Clint Howard also had a recurring role in The Andy Griffith Show, as a little boy always dressed in a cowboy outfit and always eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He never said a word, but was always offering someone a bite. He also had a co-starring role along with a black bear as the owner and friend of Gentle Ben, in that series.
“ The Ice Cream Man, Leprechaun 2 and the Dentist 2 ” - Jamie_Shannon
Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter
, and has been seen in mostly supporting roles, often portraying psychologically unstable characters...
“ One of the best actors ever decided to act in a movie called Prophecy ” - Jamie_Shannon
Tom Conway played "The Falcon" in ten of that series' entries. He starred in three Val Lewton
horror classics. He appeared in comedies, musicals, two Tarzan films and even science fiction films. He was early television's Detective Mark Saber, but Conway will probably be best remembered as George Sanders
“ "Cat People, I walked with a Zombie, The Seventh Victim" ” - Jamie_Shannon
Michael Rooker was born in 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. When he was 13 his parents divorced and he went with his mother to live in Chicago. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. On first breaking into film, his intensity and "don't-mess-with-me" good looks were highlighted to chilling effect as the title character in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
“ "Henry" and now Daryl Dixon's brother ” - Jamie_Shannon
William Claude Rains, born in the Camberwell area of London, was the son of the British stage actor Frederick Rains. The younger Rains followed, making his stage debut at the age of eleven in "Nell of Old Drury." Growing up in the world of theater, he saw not only acting up close but the down-to-earth business end as well...
Drago is well-known for his villainous parts (leading or supporting), and he is renowned for his rugged yet scary looks and evil smile. He was born William Eugene Burrows in Hugoton, Kansas. He became interested in acting and took his mother's maiden name 'Drago' as a stage name. At first he worked as a stuntman in Kansas...
The great, great nephew of the renowned French scientist Louis Pasteur developed into a strangely handsome dark haired, pale complexioned English actor. Ralph Bates was born in 1940 in Bristol, England and attended the University of Dublin and studied at the Yale Drama School. His dramatic talents first...
A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Law, Morris Ankrum was an attorney and an economics professor before switching careers and joining the theater. He was a veteran stage actor by the time he entered the film industry in the 1930s, where he spent much time in westerns, playing everything from Indian chiefs to crooked town bankers...
Cult figure who will forever be remembered as Ben, the resourceful yet ill-fated hero of George A. Romero
's low-budget zombie film Night of the Living Dead
. Jones was a former English professor who directed at the Maguire Theater at the Old Westbury campus of New York State University, and he additionally served as artistic director at the Richard Allen Center in New York City...
“ "Night of the Living Dead" ” - Jamie_Shannon
Large, likable, and muscular actor Ken Foree was born as Kentotis Alvin Foree on February 29, 1948, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Foree attended Loyola University in Chicago and studied acting at Michael Shulman's Performing Gallery in New York City. He began his career in off-Broadway theater and worked as an assistant manager at a restaurant in Greenwich Village...
“ "Dawn of the Dead, From Beyond" ” - Jamie_Shannon
“ "Michael" ” - Jamie_Shannon
Andrew Bryniarski was born on February 13, 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 6' 5" is a former bodybuilder. He came to Hollywood for a short summer vacation to visit a friend, was spotted by a talent scout, who set up a screen test for Joel Silver
, and all of a sudden he was acting alongside Bruce Willis
and James Coburn
in Hudson Hawk
“ "Rebooted Leatherface" ” - Jamie_Shannon
He was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and moved to the United States at the age of 5. Gunnar lived in Maine till he was 11, then his family moved to Texas, where he went to high school and then the University of Texas. He majored in English and mathematics and then went to graduate school in Scandinavian Studies and English...
“ "Leatherface" ” - Jamie_Shannon