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      Boris Karloff

      Boris Karloff

      Highest Rated: 100% Old Ironsides (1926)

      Lowest Rated: 38% The Ape (1940)

      Birthday: Nov 23, 1887

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      Arguably Hollywood's most celebrated and enduring screen horror icon, Boris Karloff embodied legendary movie monsters and madmen in such films as "Frankenstein" (1931), "The Mummy" (1931), "The Mask of Fu Manchu" (1932), "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), "Isle of the Dead" (1945) and "The Body Snatcher" (1945) over the course of a four-decade career. He began as an obscure background player, essaying exotic types in silent films and serials until 1931, when his sympathetic turn as the Monster in "Frankenstein" made him an international star. For the next two decades, Karloff was the undisputed king of movie horror, while cultivating a lively presence in more dramatic and even comic fare on television and stage. He remained exceptionally popular into his seventh decade, especially among young viewers, who were entranced by his avuncular narration for "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!" (CBS, 1966). A beloved figure both on and off-screen, Karloff's performances - both chilling and charming - remained the gold standard by which all subsequent horror actors were measured.

      Highest rated movies

      100% How the Grinch Stole Christmas
      100% The Sorcerers
      100% Lured
      100% Black Friday
      100% The Lost Patrol
      100% The House of Rothschild
      100% Old Ironsides
      98% Bride of Frankenstein

      Photos

      FRANKENSTEIN 1970, Boris Karloff, 1958 TAP ROOTS, Boris Karloff, 1947 THE BLACK CASTLE, Boris Karloff, 1952 TOWER OF LONDON, Boris Karloff, 1939 BLACK FRIDAY, Boris Karloff, 1940 BLACK FRIDAY, Boris Karloff, 1940 THE RAVEN, Boris Karloff, 1935 MR. WONG DETECTIVE, Boris Karloff, 1939 LOST PATROL, THE, Boris Karloff, 1934 MASK OF FU MANCHU, Boris Karloff, 1932 MASK OF FU MANCHU, Myrna Loy, Boris Karloff, 1932 HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, Boris Karloff, 1944 BRITISH INTELLIGENCE, Boris Karloff, 1940 THE RAVEN, Boris Karloff, 1963 THE APE, Boris Karloff, 1940 ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE, Boris Karloff, 1953 ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE, Boris Karloff, 1953 SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, Bela Lugosi (inset), Boris Karloff (inset), Basil Rathbone, 1939 SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, 1939 THE RAVEN, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, 1963

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cámara del Terror Unknown (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sinister Invasion Prof. John Mayer (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alien Terror Prof. John Mayer (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cauldron of Blood Franz Badulescu (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 29% Curse of the Crimson Cult Professor John Marsh (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 11% The Snake People Karl Van Molder/Damballah (Character) - 1968
      89% 81% Targets Byron Orlok (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Birch Mikhail Orlov (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 0% Dance of Death Matthias Morteval (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fear Chamber Dr. Karl Mantell (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Invasión siniestra Unknown (Character) - 1968
      100% 94% How the Grinch Stole Christmas Unknown (Character) - 1967
      100% 59% The Sorcerers Prof. Marcus Monserrat (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 33% The Venetian Affair Dr. Pierre Vaugiroud (Character) - 1967
      70% 67% Mad Monster Party? Baron Boris von Frankenstein (Voice) - 1967
      No Score Yet 48% The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini The Corpse (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 40% The Daydreamer The Rat (Voice) - 1966
      71% 39% Die, Monster, Die! Nahum Witley (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mondo Balordo Narrator - 1964
      89% 69% The Comedy of Terrors Amos Hinchley (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Double Feature Unknown (Character) - 1964
      89% 75% Black Sabbath Himself/Gorca (Character) - 1963
      42% 22% The Terror Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe (Character) - 1963
      83% 64% The Raven Dr. Scarabus (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Arsenic & Old Lace Jonathan Brewster (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 42% The Haunted Strangler James Rankin (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Veil Unknown (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Destination Nightmare Unknown (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 18% Frankenstein 1970 Baron Victor von Frankenstein (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 50% Corridors of Blood Dr. Thomas Bolton (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Juggler of Our Lady Narrator - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Veil Host - 1958
      No Score Yet 11% Voodoo Island Phillip Knight (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sabaka Gen. Pollegar (Character) - 1955
      63% 62% Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 9% Island Monster Don Gaetano (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 30% The Black Castle Dr. Meissen (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 33% The Strange Door Voltan (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 62% Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Swami Talpur (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 100% The Emperor's Nightingale Narrator - 1949
      No Score Yet 83% Tap Roots Tishomingo (Character) - 1948
      100% 70% Lured Charles van Druten (Character) - 1947
      86% 67% Unconquered Guyasuta (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 36% Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome Gruesome (Character) - 1947
      82% 80% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Dr. Hollingshead (Character) - 1947
      90% 53% Bedlam Master George Sims (Character) - 1946
      55% 47% House of Frankenstein Dr. Gustav Niemann (Character) - 1945
      90% 52% Isle of the Dead General Nikolas Pherides (Character) - 1945
      86% 75% The Body Snatcher Cabman John Gray (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 19% The Climax Dr. Friedrich Hohner (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 58% The Boogie Man Will Get You Prof. Nathaniel Billings (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 59% When the Devil Commands Dr. Julian Blair (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 54% You'll Find Out Judge Spencer Mainwaring (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 43% Before I Hang Dr. John Garth (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 67% The Man With Nine Lives Dr. Leon Kravaal (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 50% Devil's Island Dr. Charles Gaudet (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 19% The Fatal Hour James Lee Wong (Character) - 1940
      100% 52% Black Friday Dr. Ernest Sovac (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 36% British Intelligence Valdar (Character) - 1940
      38% 12% The Ape Dr. Bernard Adrian (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 20% Doomed to Die James Lee Wong (Character) - 1940
      71% 73% The Man They Could Not Hang Dr. Henryk Savaard (Character) - 1939
      83% 59% Tower of London Mord (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 41% The Mystery of Mr. Wong James Lee Wong (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 41% Mr. Wong in Chinatown Mr. James Lee Wong (Character) - 1939
      95% 72% Son of Frankenstein The Monster (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 43% Mr. Wong, Detective Mr. James Lee Wong (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Invisible Menace Jevries (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 34% Night Key David Mallory (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 14% Juggernaut Doctor Sartorius (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 20% West of Shanghai Wu Yen Fang (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 57% The Walking Dead John Ellman (Character) - 1936
      60% 72% Charlie Chan at the Opera Gravelle (Character) - 1936
      67% 51% The Invisible Ray Dr. Janos Rukh (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 53% The Man Who Lived Again Dr. Laurience (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 63% The Black Room Baron / Anton (Character) - 1935
      79% 73% The Raven Edmond Bateman (Character) - 1935
      98% 87% Bride of Frankenstein The Monster (as Karloff) (Character) - 1935
      100% 64% The Lost Patrol Sanders (Character) - 1934
      89% 69% The Black Cat Hjalmar Poelzig (Character) - 1934
      100% 54% The House of Rothschild Count Ledrantz (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 36% The Ghoul Prof. Henry Morlant (Character) - 1933
      97% 70% The Old Dark House Morgan (Character) - 1932
      89% 74% The Mummy Imhotep/Ardath Bey (Character) - 1932
      88% 51% The Mask of Fu Manchu Dr. Fu Manchu (Character) - 1932
      98% 86% Scarface Gaffney (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 50% Night World Happy MacDonald (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Business and Pleasure Sheik (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind the Mask Jim Henderson (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 57% The Mad Genius Fedor's Father (Character) - 1931
      91% 79% Five Star Final T. Vernon Isopod (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 40% Tonight or Never Waiter (Character) - 1931
      94% 87% Frankenstein The Monster (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 48% Smart Money Sport Williams (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Public Defender The Professor (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 14% Cracked Nuts Boris (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Like Your Nerve Luigi - Pacheco's Butler (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 48% The Criminal Code Ned Galloway (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 67% The Guilty Generation Tony Ricca (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea Bat Corsican (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Utah Kid Henchman Baxter (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind That Curtain Beetham's Manservant (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unholy Night Abdul (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Sisters Cecil (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tarzan and the Golden Lion Owaza (Character) - 1927
      No Score Yet 64% Two Arabian Knights The Purser (Character) - 1927
      No Score Yet 36% The Bells The Mesmerist (Character) - 1926
      100% 67% Old Ironsides A Saracen Guard (Character) - 1926
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nickel Hopper Unknown (Character) - 1926
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cave Girl Baptiste (Character) - 1921
      80% 59% The Last of the Mohicans Indian (Character) - 1920
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Courage of Marge O'Doone Tavish (Character) - 1920

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      10% No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet 100% The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1952 1954-1955 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Himself (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Host 1960-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Professor Theodore Koernig (Character) 1951-1952 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Telephone Time Dr. Pierre (Character) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1954 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Doc Dixon (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour George Redford (Character) 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1949 1951 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Tomorrow Unknown (Character) 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1951