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Tuesday, 27 September 2011
KARLOFF THE UNCANNY...
Boris Karloff in real life
WILLIAM HENRY PRATT - or BORIS KARLOFF as we
know him better - appears to be a vastly under-rated actor nowadays,
despite all the fame and acclaim once rightly bestowed on him for his
penetrating portrayals of THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER and IMHOTEP (or ARDETH BEY), to name just a couple of his
more celebrated roles.
Art by Kid Robson
Quiet, soft-spoken, and with a hint of a lisp, he was the quintessential
English gentleman, who never lost his love for the game of cricket, even in
far-off Hollywood, thousands of miles away from his native land. There has
probably never been another actor whose personality was so diametrically
opposed to his on-screen personna as that of dear old Bill. A big, super-
stitious softie in real life; often a snarling, vicious, psychopathic killer in
the movies. Apparently, just like GEORGE CLOONEY, he also had a
pet pig at one time, which he used to rush home to see after filming.
(Wonder if he liked bacon?)
Test makeup not used in the film
Born on November 23rd, 1887 (the same month that the Baron's
creature first opened his yellow, watery eyes), he died on February
2nd, 1969 at his home in Bramshott, Hampshire. Star of stage, screen,
TV, and spoken-word recordings, he had a long and varied career after
first finding fame in the 1931 classic, Frankenstein. However, forget the
Monster and the Mummy...Karloff gave entrancing performances in many
films over the years, whether horror-themed or not. Next time you see
a Karloff movie in the TV listings, give it a look-see - it'll be well
worth your while.