William Henry Pratt
November 23, 1887 (Kambervel, London, UK) – February 2, 1969 (Midhurst, West Sussex, UK)
An iconic figure in black and white horror Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt) was born in England, the son of a diplomat, but the tendency to follow his father experienced.
Karloff immigrated to Canada and as part of the small theater troupes traveled all over North America. In the film debuted in 1916 in the movie “Dumb Girl of Portici” (Dumb Girl of Portici), where the main role was played by Anna Pavlova. Since 1919 regularly acted in supporting roles, but the true glory takes his role as the Beast in “Frankenstein” by James Whale, abandoned by Bela Lugosi, for fear of “getting lost” in heavy makeup. But no makeup could not hide a brilliant dramatic game Karloff. Subsequently, the actor more than once appealed to glorify his image: “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), “Son of Frankenstein” (1939), “Frankenstein 1970” (1958).
30-ies. steel for Karloff’s finest hour. He acted in the famous retro-horror “Mummy” (1932), “The Mask of Fu Manchu,” (1932), works in tandem with his “sworn friend” White Lugosi: “Black Cat” (1934), “The Raven” (1935) “The Invisible Ray” (1936).
In future career were Karloff and downs, ups and relative. He then rolled to cheap B-movie, a parody of his past achievements in the genre of horror film (early 40s, 50s.), Then resurrected in a successful producer Val Lewton productions: “Body Snatchers” (1945), “Isle of the Dead “(1945),” Bedlam “(1946). In the 60-ies. veteran horror removes prolific Roger Corman. For example, on the set of obscure thriller “Fear” (1963) met the two stars: the setting – Karloff, and future – Jack Nicholson.
Swansong Karloff famous film critic Leonard Moltin calls the role of the old horror movies of the actor played in the thriller “Targets” (1968) by Peter Bogdanovich.
Total Boris Karloff starred in more than two hundred films and television series (in which he actively sought in the 50s and 60s.). The last years of his life the actor was suffering from respiratory diseases, and often had to resort to using an oxygen mask directly on the set. In memory of fans he will always be Frankenstein’s monster and the Mummy, a reference screen monster, but do not forget that in real life Karloff was a true gentleman, soft, tactful, considerate man.
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