Boris Karloff

Movie Actor

Birthday November 23, 1887

Birth Sign Sagittarius

Birthplace England

DEATH DATE Feb 2, 1969 (81)

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Horror actor who played the monster in the 1931 film Frankenstein. He also starred in the sequels Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein, as well as the original Scarface, which was released in 1932. 

Before Fame

He was raised as the youngest of nine children and studied at Uppingham School. Prior to becoming an actor, he was employed as a farm laborer.


He starred as the title monster in the 1932 horror The Mummy.

Family Life

His mother was Eliza Sarah Millard and his father was Edward John Pratt, Jr. His brother, Sir John Thomas Pratt, became a British diplomat. Karloff married five times and had one daughter, Sara. 

Associated With

He was the narrator for the 1966 animated short film Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas.


Boris Karloff Highlights
Boris Karloff Highlights