Boris Karloff

(1887 — 1969)

William Henry Pratt, better known as Boris Karloff, was an English character actor.

Karloff is best remembered for his portrayal of the Frankenstein monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939).

His other genre movies included The Old Dark House (1932), The Black Cat (1934), The Raven (1935), The Walking Dead (1936), Black Friday (1941), The Body Snatcher (1945), House of Frankenstein (1945), Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953), Frankenstein 1970 (1958), The Terror (1963), Black Sabbath (1964), and Monster of Terror (1966).

He is known to current television viewers as the narrator (and voice of The Grinch) on “Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, an animated TV special originally made in 1966 and shown every Christmas since then.

He also hosted, and occasionally starred in, the NBC television program “Thriller” in 1960-1962.

Awards, Honors and GoHships:

He received Count Dracula Society Awards in 1963 (Cinema) and in 1969 (Special).