Since it is in fact Halloween night I thought  I’d talk a little about one of Hollywood’s greatest “monsters”: Frankenstein’s monster. Well, more specifically the great Boris Karloff. He played Frankenstein’s monster in 1931’s Frankenstein, 1935’s Bride of Frankenstein and 1939’s Son of Frankenstein.

Born as William Henry Pratt in London in 1887. He wanted to be in the service, but instead fell into acting. Not long after moving to Canada in 1909, Pratt adopted the name “Boris Karloff”.

Although his career was made mainly from his roles in horror films, Karloff did appear in other various films such as Scarface (1932) and The Lost Patrol (1934). He appeared in several horror films with his “rival”, Bela Lugosi. Although they worked together several times, the two were never close friends. Probably their best known film is The Body Snatcher directed by Robert Wise in 1945

Many know Karloff’s name today because of his work in the made-for-TV animated film Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Karloff narrated the film and later won a Grammy for the film in the spoken word category (the story was later released as a record).

In stark contrast to most of his characters, Karloff was known to be kind-hearted and gave a lot of his earnings to children’s charities. He died of pnuemonia in 1969.

Karloff’s legacy awarded him two stars on the Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures and one for television.

“The monster was the best friend I ever had.”-Boris Karloff Karloff

 

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