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Boris Karloff (I) (1887–1969)

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, 1887, in Camberwell, ... See full bio »

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Narrator / The Grinch
Bride of Frankenstein
Bride of Frankenstein The Monster
The Mummy
The Mummy Ardath Bey / Imhotep
Frankenstein The Monster


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 1970 Cauldron of Blood
Franz Badulescu
 1968 Fear Chamber
Dr. Karl Mantell
 1968 House of Evil
Matthias Morteval
 1968 The Crimson Cult
Professor John Marsh
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Mikhail Orlov
- The White Birch (1968) ... Mikhail Orlov
 1956-1968 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Dr. Johnson Sr. / Mad Scientist
- He Who Steals My Robot Steals Trash (1968) ... Dr. Johnson Sr.
- The Atomic Sailor (1956) ... Mad Scientist
 1968 Targets
Byron Orlok
 1967 The Sorcerers
Prof. Marcus Monserrat
 1967 I Spy (TV Series)
Don Ernesto Silvando
- Mainly on the Plains (1967) ... Don Ernesto Silvando
 1966 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (TV Short)
Narrator / The Grinch (voice)
 1966 The Venetian Affair
Dr. Pierre Vaugiroud
 1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Mother Muffin
- The Mother Muffin Affair (1966) ... Mother Muffin
 1966 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Mr. Singh
- The Night of the Golden Cobra (1966) ... Mr. Singh
 1966 The Daydreamer
The Rat (voice)
 1965 Die, Monster, Die!
Nahum Witley
 1964 Bikini Beach
The Art Dealer
 1963 The Comedy of Terrors
Amos Hinchley
 1963 Black Sabbath
Gorca (segment "I Wurdalak")
 1962 The Dickie Henderson Show (TV Series)
- The Gangster (1962)
 1962 Theatre '62 (TV Series)
Judge Lord Thomas Horfield
- The Paradine Case (1962) ... Judge Lord Thomas Horfield
 1956-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Guibert / Mr. Kurtz / Ward Allen
- To the Sound of Trumpets (1960) ... Guibert
- Rendezvous in Black (1956) ... Ward Allen
 1955-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Henry E. Church / Mr. Blue Ocean
- The Indian Giver (1959) ... Henry E. Church
- Mr. Blue Ocean (1955) ... Mr. Blue Ocean
 1958 Corridors of Blood
Dr. Bolton
 1958 The Haunted Strangler
James Rankin
 1958 The Juggler of Our Lady (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1951-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Professor Theodore Koernig / King Arthur / Skaggs
- The Shadow of a Genius (1958) ... Professor Theodore Koernig
- Mutiny on the Nicolette (1951) ... Skaggs
 1958 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Dr. Pierre
- The Vestris (1958) ... Dr. Pierre
 1958 The Veil (TV Mini-Series)
Host / Ira Perry / Sgt. Willmore / ...
- Whatever Happened to Peggy (1958) ... Host / Ira Perry
- Vision of Crime (1958) ... Host / Sgt. Willmore
- The Return of Madame Vernoy (1958) ... Host / Professor Charles Goncourt
- The Doctors (1958) ... Dr. Carlo Marcabienti
- The Crystal Ball (1958) ... Host / Andre Giraud
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series)
Judge Winthrop Gelsey
- The Deadly Game (1957) ... Judge Winthrop Gelsey
 1951-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Montgomery Royle / Larkin / Sir Arthur
- The Man Who Played God (1957) ... Montgomery Royle
- Fear (1952) ... Larkin
- The Jest of Hahalaba (1951) ... Sir Arthur
 1957 The Lark (TV Movie)
Bishop Cauchon
 1954-1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Vicar / Dr. Philip Nestri
- Bury Me Later (1956) ... Vicar
- The White Carnation (1954) ... Dr. Philip Nestri
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Doc Dixon
- Even the Weariest River (1956) ... Doc Dixon
 1955 A Connecticut Yankee (TV Movie)
King Arthur
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Mr. Mycroft
- Sting of Death (1955) ... Mr. Mycroft
 1954 Sabaka
Gen. Pollegar
 1954 The Island Monster
Don Gaetano
 1949-1953 Suspense (TV Series)
Rasputin / Bronson / Toff
- The Signal Man (1953)
- The Lonely Place (1951)
- The Yellow Scarf (1949) ... Bronson
- The Monkey's Paw (1949)
 1952-1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Dr. Henry Marco
- Past Tense (1953) ... Dr. Henry Marco
- Memento (1952)
 1951-1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Bennett Kimball
- Burden of Proof (1953)
- The Kimballs (1951) ... Bennett Kimball
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
 1953 The Plymouth Playhouse (TV Series)
Story One - The Chase
- Four Stories (1953) ... Story One - The Chase
 1952 Curtain Call (TV Series)
 1951 The Strange Door
 1950 Lights Out (TV Series)
- The Leopard Lady (1950)
 1950 Masterpiece Playhouse (TV Series)
- Uncle Vanya (1950)
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
Doctor Steven Johnson
- Expert Opinion (1949) ... Doctor Steven Johnson
 1949 The Emperor's Nightingale
Narrator (English version) (English version, voice)
 1948 Tap Roots
 1947 Lured
Charles van Druten
 1940 You'll Find Out
Judge Spencer Mainwaring
 1937 West of Shanghai
Wu Yen Fang
 1936 The Invisible Ray
Dr. Janos Rukh (as Karloff)
 1935 The Raven
Edmond Bateman (as Karloff)
 1935 Bride of Frankenstein
The Monster (as Karloff)
 1934 Gift of Gab
The Phantom (as Karloff)
 1934 The Black Cat
Hjalmar Poelzig (as Karloff)
 1932 Skyscraper Souls
Man Approaching Ticket Counter (uncredited)
 1932 Night World
'Happy' MacDonald
 1932 The Miracle Man
 1932 Business and Pleasure
Sheik Ali Ben Joseph (uncredited)
 1931 Tonight or Never
 1931 Frankenstein
The Monster (as ?)
 1931 The Guilty Generation
Tony Ricca
 1931 The Mad Genius
Fedor's Father (uncredited)
 1931 The Yellow Ticket
Drunken Orderly (uncredited)
 1931 Graft
 1931 I Like Your Nerve
Luigi - Pacheco's Butler
 1931 Five Star Final
 1931 The Public Defender
The Professor
 1931 Smart Money
Sport Williams (uncredited)
 1931 Young Donovan's Kid
Cokey Joe
 1931 The Vanishing Legion
The Voice (voice, uncredited)
 1931 Cracked Nuts
Boris - First Revolutionary
 1931 The Criminal Code
 1930 The Utah Kid
Baxter - Henchman
 1930 The Sea Bat
 1930 The Bad One
Monsieur Gaston
 1929 The Unholy Night
Abdul Mohammed Bey - the Hindu Lawyer (uncredited)
 1929 The King of the Kongo
Scarface Macklin
 1929 Behind That Curtain
Beetham's Manservant
 1929 The Phantom of the North
Jules Gregg
 1929 Two Sisters
 1929 The Devil's Chaplain
 1929 The Fatal Warning
 1928 Burning the Wind
Pug Doran
 1928 The Little Wild Girl
Maurice Kent
 1928 Vultures of the Sea
 1928 The Vanishing Rider
The Villain
 1928 Sharp Shooters
Cafe Proprietor (uncredited)
 1927 The Love Mart
 1927 Soft Cushions
The Chief Conspirator
 1927 The Phantom Buster
 1927 The Meddlin' Stranger
Al Meggs
 1927 Let It Rain
 1926 The General
Union General (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1926 Old Ironsides
Saracen Guard (uncredited)
 1926 Flaming Fury
 1926 The Nickel-Hopper (Short)
Dance Hall Masher (uncredited)
 1926 The Eagle of the Sea
Pirate (uncredited)
 1926 Flames
Blackie Blanchette
 1926 The Golden Web
Dave Sinclair
 1926 Her Honor, the Governor
Snipe Collins
 1926 The Man in the Saddle
 1926 The Greater Glory
Scissors Grinder
 1925 Without Mercy
Madame Gordon's 2nd Henchman (uncredited)
 1925 Lady Robinhood
 1925 Parisian Nights
 1925 The Prairie Wife
 1925 Forbidden Cargo
Pietro Castillano
 1924 Dynamite Dan
Tony Garcia
 1924 The Hellion
The Outlaw
 1923 The Prisoner
Prince Kapolski
 1922 The Altar Stairs
 1922 Omar the Tentmaker
Imam Mowaffak
 1922 The Woman Conquers
Raoul Maris
 1922 The Man from Downing Street
Maharajah Jehan
 1922 Nan of the North
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1921 The Cave Girl
 1921 Cheated Hearts
Nei Hamid
 1921 Without Benefit of Clergy
Ahmed Khan
 1920 The Last of the Mohicans
Indian (uncredited)
 1920 The Deadlier Sex
Jules Borney
 1919 The Prince and Betty
Undetermined Role
 1919 His Majesty, the American
Henchman in cloth cap (uncredited)
 1919 The Masked Rider
Mexican in Saloon (Ch. 2)
Show Show Soundtrack (11 credits)
Show Show Thanks (6 credits)
Show Show Self (49 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (106 credits)

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Other Works:

(10/12/49) Radio: Appeared on "Starring Boris Karloff" episode "Mad Illusion". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 18 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 35 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 14 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

? | Karloff


5' 11" (1.81 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on whether he resented being typed as a "horror star"] One always hears of actors complaining of being typed - if he's young, he's typed as a juvenile; if he's handsome, he's typed as a leading man. I was lucky. Whereas bootmakers have to spend millions to establish a trademark, I was handed a trademark free of charge. When an actor gets in a position to select his own roles, he's in big trouble... See more »


His performance as Frankenstein's Monster was an inspiration for the Marvel comics character the Incredible Hulk. See more »


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