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April 30, 2020

Boris Karloff: The True Icon of the Horror Cinema

Born 1887 as William Henry Pratt in Surrey, English actor Boris Karloff was primarily known for his roles in horror films. He portrayed Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939). He also appeared as Imhotep in The Mummy (1932).

In non-horror roles, he is best known to modern audiences for narrating and as the voice of the Grinch in the animated television special of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966).

Karloff spent his retirement in England at his country cottage named Roundabout in the Hampshire village of Bramshott. A longtime heavy smoker, he had emphysema which left him with only half of one lung still functioning.

Karloff contracted bronchitis in 1968 and was hospitalised at University College Hospital. He died of pneumonia at the King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst in Sussex in 1969, at the age of 81.

For his contribution to film and television, Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

These amazing photos captured portrait of Boris Karloff during his career.


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