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(1967) TV commercial: Volkswagen

(1978) TV commercial: A-1 Steak Sauce.

(1968) TV commercial: Ronson Lighters.

(1968) TV commercial: Butternut Coffee.

(1966) TV commercial: Schaeffer Pens.

(????) Comic book: Lent his face and name to the comic book "Boris Karloff's Tales of Mystery" which featured the actor narrating horror stories, Rod Serling-style. The comic continued to feature Karloff for more than a decade after his death.

(????) Album: "The Pickwick Papers" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "The Pied Piper/The Hunting of the Snark" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "The Pony Engine and Other Stories for Children" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "The Reluctant Dragon" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories and Other Tales" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "Rudyard Kipling's More Just So Stories" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "Rudyard Kipling's Other Just So Stories" (Caedmon Records)

(1963) Album: "Tales of the Frightened, Vol 1" (Mercury)

(1963) Album: "Tales of the Frightened, Vol. 2" (Mercury)

(????) Album: "The Three Little Pigs and Other Fairy Tales" (Caedmon Records)

(1958) Album: "The Ugly Duckling" (Caedmon Records)

(1950) Album: "Peter Pan" (Columbia)

(????) Album: "Peter and the Wolf" (Childcraft)

(1961) Album: "Original Music of "Thriller" (1960) (Time Records)

(????) Album: "Mother Goose" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "Mad Monster Party!" (RCA)

(????) Album: "The Little Match Girl" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "Let's Listen to Stories" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle" (Pickwick)

(????) Album: "Kipling's Jungle Book: Toomai of the Elephants" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "Kipling's Jungle Book: How Fear Came" (Caedmon Records)

(1984) Album: "Just So Stories" (Musical Heritage Society)

(????) Album: "Inner Sanctum" (Pelican)

(????) Album: "How the Alphabet Was Made and Other Just So Stories" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "Gunga Din and Other Poems" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "The Great Radio Horror Shows" (Murray Hill)

(1967) Album: "An Evening with Boris Karloff and His Friends" (Decca)

(1967) Album: "Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (MGM)

(1966) Album: "The Daydreamer" (Columbia)

(????) Album: "Classics of English Poetry for the Elementary Curriculum" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "Come My Laurie with Me / He Is There" (MOL)

(????) Album: "Cymbeline" (Caedmon Records)

(????) Album: "Birdsong for a Murderer" (Pelican)

(????) Album: "The Baby Sitter" (Radiola)

(????) Album: "Best Loved Fairy Tales" (Childcraft)

(????) Album: "Arsenic and Old Lace" (Command Performance)

(????) Album: "Aesop's Fables" (Caedmon Records)

(early 1900s) Stage: Appeared in "The Devil" (as "Hoffman), Canada

(early 1900s) Stage: "East Lynne", Canada

(early 1900s) Stage: "Charley's Aunt", Canada

(early 1900s) Stage: "Way Down East", Canada

(early 1900s) Stage: "Paid in Full". Canada

(early 1900s) Stage: "The Fortune Hunter", Canada

(early 1900s) Stage: "Bought and Paid For", Canada

(early 1900s) Stage: "Baby Mine", Canada

(early 1900s) Stage: "What Happened to Jones?", Canada

(early 1900s) Stage: "Why Smith Left Home", Canada

(early 1900s) Stage: "The Parish Priest", Canada

(1917) Stage: Appeared (as "Trampas") in "The Virginian" (tour of Western U.S.)

(1920s) Stage: "Hotel Imperial", Los Angeles/San Francisco

(1920s) Stage: "The Virginian". Los Angeles/San Francisco

(1926) Stage: "The Idiot" Los Angeles/San Francisco.

(1928) Stage: Appeared (as "Artem Tiapkin") in "Window Panes", Los Angeles/San Francisco.

(1929) Stage: Appeared (as "Kregg") in "Kongo" Los Angeles/San Francisco.

(1930) Stage: Appeared (as "Ned Galloway") in "The Criminal Code", Los Angeles/San Francisco.

(1946) Stage: Appeared (as "Grampa") in "On Borrowed Time", Los Angeles and San Francisco)

(1944) Radio: Guest on "The Camel Comedy Caravan"

(1/12/45) Radio: Guest on "Duffy's Tavern"

(11/12/45) Radio: Guest on "Suspense" show, episode "Drury's Bones"

(10/14/45) Radio: Guest on "The Fred Allen Show"

(11/23/45) Radio: Guest on "Hildegarde's Radio Room"

(12/8/45) Radio: Guest on "Textron Theatre" show, episode "No Title"

(11/11/45) Radio: Appeared on "Theatre Guild on the Air" episodes "The Emperor Jones", "Where the Cross Is Made".

(1946) Radio: Guest on "Showstoppers"

(11/8/46) Radio: Guest on "That's Life"

(11/25/46) Radio: Guest on "The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre" show, scene from "Arsenic and Old Lace"

(1/19/47) Radio: Gues on "The Jack Benny Program"

(10/29/47) Radio: Guest on "Philco Radio Show"

(12/10/47) Radio: Guest on "The Jimmy Durante Show" program

(12/26/47) Radio: Guest on "The Kraft Music Hall" show

(10/17/48) Radio: Guest on "The NBC University Theatre: The History of Mr. Polly" show

(10/28/48) Radio: Guest on "The Sealtest Dorothy Lamour Show" program. Also appeared on 10/28/48, 6/23/49.

(10/26/48) Radio: Appeared on "Truth or Consequences" show

(9/21/49) Radio: Appeared on "Starring Boris Karloff" episode "Five Golden Guineas"

(1940) Radio: Host of "Boris Karloff's Treasure Chest"

(1/13/50) Radio: Guest on "Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel".

(2/10/52) Radio: Appeared on "Phillip Morris Playhouse on Broadway" episode "Journey to Nowhere".

(11/26/52) Radio: Guest on "The MGM Musical Comedy Theatre"

(12/53) Radio: Guest on "The Play of His Choice: Hanging Judge"

(12/16/53, 1953-68) Radio: Host of "Tales From the Reader's Digest"

(9/26/56) Radio: Guest on 'Recollections at 30" (9/26/1956)

(4/5/60) Radio: Guest on "The Breck Sunday Showcase"

(5/12/61, 10/20/61) Radio: Host of "Karloff".

(????) Radio: Guest on "Everyman's Theatre".

(2/6/36) Radio: Appeared on "Fleischman Hour" show in a scene from "The Bells"

(1/17/34) Radio: Appeared on "Hollywood on Parade" show

(10/11/34) Radio: Appeared on the "Fleischmann Hour" in a scene from "Death Takes a Holiday"

(8/31/35) Radio: Appeared on "Shell Chateau" show in a scene from "Green Goddess"

(11/11/37) Radio: Appeared on "Royal Gelatin Hour" show in a scene from "Resurrection"; "Danse Macabre" (5/5/38); "Resurrection" (4/6/39).

(1937) Radio: Appeared on "The Camel Hour" show in a scene from "Death Takes a Holiday"

(1/39) Radio: Appeared on "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" show in a scene from "The Evil Eye" and "The Tell-Tale Heart"

(3/28/38) Radio: Appeared on "Lights Out" episode "Cat Wife". "Jilted by a Girl" (7/30/1947), No Title (8/6/1947)

(12/25/40) Radio: Appeared on "Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge" show

(1941, 5/4/51) Radio: Appeared on the "Stars on Parade" show in a scene from "The Big Man"

(12/24/45) Radio: Appeared as a panelist on "Information Please" show and again on 1/24/41, 2/20/42 and 12/34/45.

(3/7/41) Radio: Appeared on "Kate Smith Hour" show

(3/16/41) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" series.

(7/11/41) Radio: Appeared on "United Press on the Air" show

(9/12/48) Radio: Appeared on "Guest Star" show

(2/15/44-6/15/44) Radio: Host/narrator of "Creeps By Night" show

(1994) Footage of him as the Monster - complete with dialogue from The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - is incorporated into the opening credits of the series "Weird Science" (1994).

(1996) Footage of him from the original Frankenstein (1931) is featured in a major scene in Doctor Who (1996) (TV).

(4/43) Book (ed. & intro): "Tales of Terror", (World Publ. Co., NY)

(c. 1965) Book (ed.): "The Boris Karloff Horror Anthology" (Ensigh, London)

(1963) Book (co-ed.): "Boris Karloff Presents Tales of the Frightened", Avalon, NY.

(1946) Book (ed., intro & notes): "And the Darkness Fall (World Publ Co., Cleveland)

(1942) Wrote the introduction to "Drawn and Quartered", a collection of cartoons by Charles Addams.

(1955). Stage Play: The Lark. Drama. Written by Jean Anouilh. Book adapted by Lillian Hellman. Incidental music by Leonard Bernstein. Scenic / Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Costume Design by Alvin Colt. Assistant Scenic Design: John Harvey. Assistant Costume Design: Frank Spencer. Directed by Joseph Anthony. Longacre Theatre: 17 Nov 1955- 2 Jun 1956 (229 performances). Cast: Julie Harris (as "Joan"), Theodore Bikel (as "Robert de Beaudricourt"), Christopher Plummer (as "Warwick"), Joseph Wiseman (as "The Inquisitor"), Vincent Beck, Joe Bernard, Charles Bressler, Arthur Burrows, Michael Conrad (as "A Monk / A Soldier"), Ward Costello (as "Joan's Father"), Roger De Koven (as "The Promoter"), Joan Elan, Bruce Gordon, Edgar Grower, Jean Hakes, Michael Higgins, Ann Hillary, Lois Holmes, Boris Karloff (as "Cauchon") [final Broadway role], Milton Katselas, Edward Knight, Elizabeth Lawrence, William Lennard, Brayton Lewis, Ruth Maynard, Richard Nicholls, Russell Oberlin, Michael Price, John Reese, Ralph Roberts, Paul Roebling (as "The Dauphin"), Pauline Seim, Rita Vale, Betty Wilson. Produced by Kermit Bloomgarden.

(1950). Stage Play: Peter Pan (Revival). Written by J.M. Barrie. Music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein. Music arranged by Trude Rittman. Music orchestrated by Hershy Kay. Scenic/Lighting Design by Ralph Alswang. Costume Design by Sophie Devine. Flying Supervisor: Peter Foy. Associate Director: Wendy Toye. Directed by John Burrell. Imperial Theatre (moved to The St. James Theatre from 2 Oct 1950- close): 24 Apr 1950- 27 Jan 1951 (321 performances). Cast: Jean Arthur (as "Peter Pan") [final Broadway role], Boris Karloff (as "Captain Hook/Mr. Darling"), Marcia Henderson (as "Wendy Moira/Angela Darling"), Peg Hillias (as "Mrs. Darling"), Joe E. Marks (as "Smee"), Harry Allen (as "Mullins"), Stephanie Augustine (as "Mermaid"), Ronnie Aul (as "Big Chief Panther"), Lee Barnett (as "Tootles"), Vincent Beck (as "Whibbles"), Edward Benjamin (as "Second Twin"), Charles Brill (as "First Twin"), Kenneth Davis (as "Indian/Alf Mason, a pirate"), Norman de Joie (as "Indian"), John Dennis (as "Noodles"; also credited as "Noodler" during run), Jack Dimond (as "John Napoleon Darling"), Philip Hepburn (as "Curly"), Richard Knox (as "Slightly"), David Kurlan (as "Gentleman Starkey"), William Marshall (as "Cookson"), Buzzy Martin (as "Nibs"), Fred Neal (as "Indian"), Gloria Patrice (as "Liza/Tiger Lilly"), Nehemiah Persoff (as "Cecco"), Jay Riley (as "Indian/Flash McCready, a pirate"), Will Scholz (as "Jukes"), Norman Shelley (as "Nana/The Crocodile"), William Sumner (as "Indian/Canary Robb, a Pirate"), Charles Taylor (as "Michael Nicolas Darling"), Eleanor Winter (as "Mermaid"). Understudies: Stephanie Augustine (as "Wendy Moira/Angela Darling"), Barbara Baxley (as "Peter Pan"), Vincent Beck (as "Mr. Darling"), Lucy Hillary (as "Mermaid/Tiger Lilly"), William Marshall (as "James Hook"), Alan Jay Shnapier (as "Lost Boy"), Kenneth Utt (as "Pirate"), Eleanor Winter (as "Mrs. Darling"). Produced by Peter Lawrence, Roger L. Stevens and The Shubert Organization. Produced by arrangement with The Hospital for Sick Children, London ("Peter Pan's Hospital").

(1949). Stage Play: The Shop at Sly Corner. Written by Edward Percy. Scenic Design by William Knighton. Costume Design by William Knighton. Directed by Margaret Perry. Booth Theatre: 18 Jan 1949- 22 Jan 1949 (7 performances). Cast: Ethel Griffies (as "Mathilde Heiss"), Alfred Hyslop (as "Steve Hubbard"), Boris Karloff (as "Descius Heiss"), Jane Lloyd-Jones (as "Joan Deal"), Reginald Mason (as "John Elliot"), Mary McLeod (as "Margaret Heiss"), Una O'Connor (as "Mrs. Catt"), Jay Robinson (as "Archie Fellowes"), Emmett Rogers (as "Corder Morris"), Philip Saville (as "Robert Graham"). Produced by Gant Gaither.

(1948). Stage Play: The Linden Tree. Written by J.B. Priestley. Scenic Design by Peter Wolf. Costume Design by Frank Thompson. Directed by George Schaefer. Music Box Theatre: 2 Mar 1948- 6 Mar 1948 (7 performances). Cast: Cathleen Cordell (as "Marion Linden"), Marilyn Erskine (as "Dinah Linden"), Barbara Everest (as "Mrs. Linden"), Halliwell Hobbes (as "Rex Linden"), Boris Karloff (as "Professor Linden"), Viola Keats (as "Jean Linden"), Mary Kimber (as "Edith Westmore"), Noel Leslie (as "Alfred Lockhart"), Una O'Connor (as "Mrs. Cotton"), Emmett Rogers (as "Bernard Fawcett"). Produced by Maurice Evans Productions.

(1941). Stage Play: Arsenic and Old Lace. Comedy. Written by Joseph Kesselring. Scenic Design by Raymond Sovey. Directed by Bretaigne Windust. Fulton Theatre (moved to The Hudson Theatre on 25 Sep 1943- close): 10 Jan 1941- 17 Jun 1944 (1444 performances). Cast: Jean Adair (as "Martha Brewster"), John Alexander, Wyrley Birch (as "Rev. Dr. Harper"), Helen Brooks, Bruce Gordon, Henry Herbert (as "Mr. Gibbs"), Josephine Hull, Allyn Joslyn (as "Mortimer Brewster"), Boris Karloff (as "Jonathan Brewster") [Broadway debut], William Parke (as "Mr. Witherspoon") [died during production and replaced by Ashley Cooper], John Quigg, Anthony Ross (as "Officer O'Hara"), Edgar Stehli (as "Dr. Einstein"), Victor Sutherland (as "Lt. Rooney"). Replacement actors [during Fulton Theatre run]: Patricia Collinge (as "Abby Brewster"), Ashley Cooper (as "Mr. Witherspoon"), Laura Hope Crews (as "Abby Brewster") [from Jun 1942- ?], Minnie Dupree (as "Martha Brewster"), Harry Gribbon (as "Teddy Brewster"), Margaret Joyce (as "Elaine Harper") [from 15 Jun 1942- ?], Clinton Sundberg (as "Mortimer Brewster"), Erich von Stroheim (as "Jonathan Brewster") [from Jun 1942- ?]. Replacement actors [during Hudson Theatre run]: Wallace Acton (as "Dr. Einstein"), Richard Bishop (as "Lt. Rooney"), Helen Brooks (as "Elaine Harper"), Solen Burry (as "Officer Klein"), Ross Chetwynd (as "Officer Brophy"), Blaine Cordner (as "Officer O'Hara"), Gilbert Douglas (as "Mr. Witherspoon"), Harry Gribbon (as "Teddy Brewster"), Herbert Ranson (as "The Rev. Dr. Harper"), Effie Shannon (as "Martha Brewster"), Joseph Sweeney (as "Jonathan Brewster"), Walter Wagner (as "Mortimer Brewster"). Produced by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Note: Filmed as Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Arsenik og gamle kniplinger (2002) (TV), Arsènic i puntes de coixí (1995) (TV), "Au théâtre ce soir: Arsenic et vieilles dentelles" (1971), Arsenic and Old Lace (1971) (TV), Arsenic and Old Lace (1969) (TV), Arsenik i stare cipke (1967) (TV).

(12/7/49) Radio: Appeared on "Starring Boris Karloff" episode "The Shop at the Corner".

(11/30/49) Radio: Appeared on "Starring Boris Karloff" episode "Three O'Clock".

(11/23/49) Radio: Appeared on "Starring Boris Karloff" episode "Cranky Bill".

(11/16/49) Radio: Appeared on "Starring Boris Karloff" episode "False Face".

(11/9/49) Radio: Appeared on "Starring Boris Karloff" episode "The Twisted Path".

(11/2/49) Radio: Appeared on "Starring Boris Karloff" episode "The Moving Finger".

(10/26/49) Radio: Appeared on "Starring Boris Karloff" episode "The Devil Takes a Bride".

(10/19/49) Radio: Appeared on "Starring Boris Karloff" episode "Perchance to Dream".

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

(9/28/49) Radio: Appeared on "Starring Boris Karloff" episode "The Mask".

(7/21/50) Radio: Guest on "Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel".

(4/27/52) Radio: Appeared on "Theatre Guild of the Air" episode "The Sea Wolf".

(2/24/52) Radio: Appeared on "Theatre Guild of the Air" episode "Oliver Twist".

(12/24/50) Radio: Appeared on "Theatre Guild of the Air" episode "David Copperfield".

(5/29/49) Radio: Appeared on "Theatre Guild of the Air" episode "The Perfect Alibi".

(7/13/42) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "Death for Sale".

(6/22/52) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "Birdsong for a Murderer".

(11/5/45) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "The Wailing Wall".

(10/31/45) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "The Man Who Couldn't Die".

(10/23/45) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "The Corridor of Doom".

(5/3/42) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "A Study in Murder".

(4/19/42) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show.

(10/26/41) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "Terror on Bailey Street.

(8/3/41) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "The Tell-Tale Heart".

(6/22/41). Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "The Green Eyed Bat".

(6/1/41) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "Fall of the House of Usher".

(5/11/41) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "The Imperfect Crime".

(4/20/41) Radio: Appeared on the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "Fog".

(4/6/41) Radio: Appeared in the "Inner Sanctum Mystery" show, episode "Death in the Zoo".


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