Karloff, Boris

(1887-1969)
   Born William Henry Pratt in England, the future actor immigrated to Canada in 1909, and after working in a variety of jobs, he turned to theater, acting in 1910 and taking the stage name Boris Karloff. He entered the United States in 1913 and found work as a film extra in Hollywood. His first known significant part was in His Majesty, the American in 1919. After taking a break from films, Karloff appeared in The Forbidden Cargo (1925), Her Honor the Governor (1926), and The Bells (1926). He successfully made the transition to sound and in 1931 appeared in 16 movies, most notably as the monster in Frankenstein. Karloff played in many horror films, including The Old Dark House (1932), The Mask of Fu Man Chu (1932), The Mummy (1932), The Ghoul (made in England in 1933), The Black Cat (1934), The Raven (1935), and he reprised his role as the monster in Frankenstein’s Bride (1935). He last appeared as the monster in Son of Frankenstein (1939). Karloff also appeared in The Body Snatcher in 1945. However, he had returned to the stage and had some success on Broadway and on tour in Arsenic and Old Lace in 1941. He only played minor film roles after 1945 but continued his successful stage career in The Linden Tree (1948), Peter Pan (1950), and The Lark (1955). Karloff returned to England in 1959, but he did appear in a number of television series and films, as well as in the movies in The Raven (1963), Targets (1968), and several low-budget foreign horror films.
   See also Cinema.

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  • Karloff, Boris — orig. William Henry Pratt born Nov. 23, 1887, London, Eng. died Feb. 2, 1969, Midhurst, West Sussex British U.S. actor. He immigrated to Canada from England in 1909 and acted with touring companies before moving to Hollywood, where he played… …   Universalium

  • Karloff, Boris — • КА РЛОФ (Karloff) Борис (наст. имя и фам. Уильям Генри (по др. данным, Чарлз Эдуард) Пратт, Pratt) (23.11.1887 2.2.1969)    англо амер. актёр. С 1912 работал в т ре. С 1916 сыграл более 60 эпизодич. ролей в кино, прежде чем в 1931 прославился в …   Кино: Энциклопедический словарь

  • Karloff, Boris — orig. William Henry Pratt (23 nov. 1887, Londres, Inglaterra–2 feb. 1969, Midhurst, West Sussex). Actor estadounidense de origen británico. En 1909 emigró a Canadá desde Inglaterra, y actuó en compañías itinerantes. Posteriormente se mudó a… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Karloff, Boris — (William Henry Pratt) (1887 1969)    British born actor who had a long career in films and other media, but of course most famous as the monster in Frankenstein (1931). Hired by Luis Enrique Vergara for four films in early 1968, Karloff was by… …   Biographical Dictionary of Mexican Film Performers

  • Karloff,Boris — Kar·loff (kärʹlôf , lŏf ), Boris. 1887 1969. British born American actor noted for his portrayals of monsters and other evil characters in a number of films, including Frankenstein (1931) and The Mummy (1932). * * * …   Universalium

  • Karloff, Boris — (1887 1969)    Born William Henry Pratt in London, the actor had a solid stage career before his name became synonymous with Frankenstein in motion pictures. Beginning in 1910 in British Columbia, Canada, he acted with stock companies and toured… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

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  • Boris Karloff — Boris Karloff, eigentlich William Henry Pratt (* 23. November 1887 in London, im heutigen Bezirk Southwark; † 2. Februar 1969 in Midhurst, West Sussex, England), war ein britischer Theater und Filmschauspieler. Karloff wurde vor allem als… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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