Boris Karloff: Late Bloomer

Today is the birthday of William Henry Pratt (1887-1969), a.k.a Boris Karloff. A native of Enfield, England, he dropped out of college in 1909 to follow his dream of becoming an actor, working for years as a manual laborer and regional trouper in Canada. After a decade of this he came to Hollywood where he had small roles in silent films for a number of years. Frankenstein (1931) was the making of him, made him such a superstar in fact that for a short time he was billed only as “Karloff”. There followed a long list of horror classics for almost four decades (although, as in 1932’s Scarface he occasionally got a decent role in a non-horror film.)

For my full explication of all of his horror films go here. 



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