William Henry Pratt, born on 23 November 1887 and professionally known as Boris Karloff (/ˈkɑːrlɒf/), or occasionally billed as Karloff the Uncanny, was an English actor. His indelible mark on the horror genre was solidified with his iconic portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster in the 1931 film “Frankenstein,” marking his 82nd film. This role established him as a horror icon, and he revisited it in the sequels “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) and “Son of Frankenstein” (1939). Karloff also took on the role of Imhotep in “The Mummy” (1932) and lent his voice to the Grinch while narrating the animated television special “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (1966), earning him a Grammy Award.
Beyond his extensive filmography of 174 films, Karloff ventured into live stage plays and made appearances on numerous radio and television programs. In recognition of his significant contributions to both film and television, Karloff was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 8 February 1960.
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