Boris Karloff

Actor, Farm worker, Truck driver
Arguably Hollywood's most celebrated and enduring screen horror icon, Boris Karloff embodied legendary movie monsters and madmen in such films as "Frankenstein" (1931), "The Mummy" (1931), "The Mask of Fu Manchu" ... Read more »
Born: 11/22/1887 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (104)

Curse of the Crimson Altar 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Masque of Madness 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Transylvania Twist 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Madhouse 1973 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cauldron of Blood 1971 (Movie)

Franz Badulescu (Actor)

The Wild Wild West 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Targets 1968 (Movie)

Byron Orlok (Actor)

Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Voice

Mad Monster Party 1967 (Movie)

Baron Boris von Frankenstein (Voice)

The Venetian Affair 1966 (Movie)

Dr Pierre Vaugiroud (Actor)

The Daydreamer 1965 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini 1965 (Movie)

The Corpse (Actor)

Bikini Beach 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

Die Die, Monster 1964 (Movie)

Nahum Whitley (Actor)

I Tre volti della paura 1964 (Movie)

Gorca (Actor)

The Comedy of Terrors 1963 (Movie)

Amos Hinchley (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Raven 1962 (Movie)

Dr Scarabus (Actor)

The Terror 1962 (Movie)

Baron Von Leppe (Actor)

Thriller 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Frankenstein - 1970 1958 (Movie)

Baron Victor Frankenstein (Actor)

Suspicion 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Telephone Time 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Haunted Strangler 1958 (Movie)

James Rankin (Actor)

The Lark 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Down You Go 1951 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1953 (Movie)

Dr Henry Jekyll (Actor)

Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black Castle 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Strange Door 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Chevrolet Tele-Theater 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

Lured 1947 (Movie)

Artist (Actor)

The Emperor's Nightingale 1947 (Movie)

Narration(English-language version) (Narrator)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 1947 (Movie)

Dr. Hugo Hollingshead (Actor)

Bedlam 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Body Snatcher 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Climax 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black Friday 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

You'll Find Out 1939 (Movie)

Judge Mainwaring (Actor)

Bride of Frankenstein 1934 (Movie)

The Monster (Actor)

The Lost Patrol 1933 (Movie)

Sanders (Actor)

Scarface 1932 (Movie)

Gaffney (Actor)

Frankenstein 1931 (Movie)

The Monster (Actor)

The Mummy 1931 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Old Dark House 1931 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

Guilty Generation 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Yellow Ticket 1930 (Movie)

Drunken Orderly (Actor)

Tonight or Never 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

Two Arabian Knights 1926 (Movie)

Purser (Actor)

Before I Hang (Movie)

Dr. John Garth (Actor)

Behind That Curtain (Movie)

Sudanese Servant (Actor)

Behind the Mask (TV Show)

Actor

British Intelligence (Movie)

Voldar (Actor)

Burning the Wind (Movie)

(Actor)

Business and Pleasure (Movie)

Sheikh (Actor)

Charlie Chan at the Opera (Movie)

Gravelle (Actor)

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Corridors of Blood (Movie)

Dr. Thomas Bolton (Actor)

Cracked Nuts (Movie)

Revolutionary (Actor)

Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (Movie)

Gruesome (Actor)

Doomed to Die (Movie)

James Lee Wong (Actor)

Five Star Final (Movie)

"Reverend" Vernon Isopod (Actor)

Flames (Movie)

(Actor)

Graft (Movie)

Joe Terry (Actor)

Hellion (Movie)

(Actor)

His Majesty the American (Movie)

(Actor)

House of Frankenstein (Movie)

Dr. Gustav Niemann (Actor)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

I Like Your Nerve (Movie)

Luigi (Actor)

Infidel (Movie)

(Actor)

Isle of the Dead (Movie)

Gen. Nikolas Pherides (Actor)

Mr. Wong in Chinatown (Movie)

James Lee Wong (Actor)

Mr. Wong, Detective (Movie)

James Lee Wong (Actor)

Night Key (Movie)

Dave Mallory (Actor)

Night World (Movie)

"Happy" MacDonald (Actor)

Old Ironsides (Movie)

A Saracen Guard (Actor)

Pardon Us (Movie)

The Tiger (in French version only) (Actor)

Son of Frankenstein (Movie)

The Monster (Actor)

Tap Roots (Movie)

Tishomingo (Actor)

Tarzan and the Golden Lion (Movie)

Chief of the Waziri (Actor)

The Bad One (Movie)

Monsieur Gaston (Actor)

The Bells (Movie)

(Actor)

The Boogie Man Will Get You (Movie)

Prof. Nathaniel Billings (Actor)

The Cave Girl (Movie)

(Actor)

The Devil Commands (Movie)

Dr. Julian Blair (Actor)

The Fatal Hour (Movie)

James Lee Wong (Actor)

The Fatal Warning (Movie)

Mullens (Actor)

The House of Rothschild (Movie)

Count Ledrantz (Actor)

The Invisible Menace (Movie)

Jevries (Actor)

The Invisible Ray (Movie)

Dr. Janos Rukh (Actor)

The Little Wild Girl (Movie)

Maurice Kent (Actor)

The Mad Genius (Movie)

Fedor's Father (Actor)

The Man They Could Not Hang (Movie)

Dr. Henryk Savaard (Actor)

The Man with Nine Lives (Movie)

Dr. Leon Kravaal (Actor)

The Mask of Fu Manchu (Movie)

Dr. Fu Manchu (Actor)

The Miracle Man (Movie)

Nikko (Actor)

The Mystery of Mr. Wong (Movie)

James Lee Wong (Actor)

The Public Defender (Movie)

Professor (Actor)

Unconquered (Movie)

Guyasuta, Chief of the Senecas (Actor)

West of Shanghai (Movie)

Gen. Wu Yen Fang (Actor)

Biography

Arguably Hollywood's most celebrated and enduring screen horror icon, Boris Karloff embodied legendary movie monsters and madmen in such films as "Frankenstein" (1931), "The Mummy" (1931), "The Mask of Fu Manchu" (1932), "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), "Isle of the Dead" (1945) and "The Body Snatcher" (1945) over the course of a four-decade career. He began as an obscure background player, essaying exotic types in silent films and serials until 1931, when his sympathetic turn as the Monster in "Frankenstein" made him an international star. For the next two decades, Karloff was the undisputed king of movie horror, while cultivating a lively presence in more dramatic and even comic fare on television and stage. He remained exceptionally popular into his seventh decade, especially among young viewers, who were entranced by his avuncular narration for "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!" (CBS, 1966). A beloved figure both on and off-screen, Karloff's performances - both chilling and charming - remained the gold standard by which all subsequent horror actors were measured.

Relationships

Evelyn Helmore

Wife
married in 1946 until his death

Sara Karloff

Daughter
mother, Dorothy Stine survived him

George Pratt

Brother
elder brother who had a short stage career

Helen Soule

Wife
married in 1924 divorced in 1928

Dorothy Stine

Wife
married in 1930 divorced in 1945

EDUCATION

Uppingham School

Rutland 1903 - 1906

Enfield Grammar School

Dr Starkey's School

Merchant Taylors' School

King's College, University of Cambridge

1906 - 1909

Milestones

1968

Acted in final film, "The Curse of the Crimson Altar"

1966

Narrated and provided the voice of the Grinch for the Christmas TV favorite, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", based on the Dr. Suess story

1942

Enjoyed considerable Broadway success as the villainous Jonathan in the comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace"

1939

Played the Frankenstein monster for the third and final time in "Son of Frankenstein"

1932

First starring role with spoken dialogue, "Mask of Fu Manchu", in the title role

1931

Achieved star status with his appearance as the monster in James Whale's "Frankenstein"

1919

Moved to Hollywood

1912

Joined Harry St. Claire Players

1910

Adopted name Boris Karloff (date approximate)

1910

Joined Ray Brandon Players

1909

Immigrated to Canada

Hosted TV suspense and mystery series, "Thriller"; also acted in a number of episodes

Successfully acted onstage opposite Julie Harris in "The Lark" in the 1950s (date approximate)

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