Boris Karloff

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boris karloff
  • Birth Name: William Henry Pratt
  • Birth Place: East Dulwich, London, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/23/1887, Sagittarius
  • Date of Death: 02/02/1969
  • Profession: Actor; voice overs
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Boris Karloff Fast Facts:
  • Great nephew of Anna Leonowens, the real-life historical figure upon whom the musical The King and I is based.
  • Got the part of Frankenstein, for which he is most famous, after Bela Lugosi (Karloff's main professional rival) turned it down; Karloff was 44 when he appeared in the film.
  • Impersonated by Gary Pickett in the song "Monster Mash"; Karloff was flattered by the tune and later performed it himself.
  • He loved children and was actively involved in charities benefiting children; despite his monster persona, children loved him as well.
  • His daughter, Sara Karloff Cotten, frequently appears at science fiction conventions to represent her father's work.
  • Boris Karloff Relationships:
  • Edward Pratt - Brother
  • John Pratt - Brother
  • Sara Karloff Cotten - Daughter
  • Charles Pratt - Brother
  • Montana Williams - Ex-wife
  • Olive de Wilton - Ex-wife
  • Grace Harding - Ex-wife
  • Frederick Pratt - Brother
  • Evelyn Helmore - Wife
  • Anna Leonowens - Great-aunt
  • Julia Donkin - Sister
  • Emma Pratt - Half Sister
  • George Pratt - Brother
  • Eliza Sarah Millard Pratt - Mother
  • Helen Vivian Soule - Ex-wife
  • Dorothy Stine - Ex-wife
  • Eliza Julia Edwards Pratt - Grandmother
  • David Pratt - Brother
  • Edward John Pratt Jr. - Father
  • Richard Pratt - Brother
  • Boris Karloff Awards:
  • 1967 Grammy: Best Recording for Children - Winner
  • 1956 Tony: Actor (Dramatic) - Nominee
  • College:
  • University of London, King's College, London, England

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