(kär`lôf, –lŏf), 1887–1969, Anglo-American actor, b. Dulwich, England; his original name was William Henry Pratt. A distinguished character actor with a superb speaking voice, Karloff was famous for his monster roles in Hollywood horror films, notably Frankenstein (1931). His other movies include The Ghoul (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Isle of the Dead (1945), and Targets (1968).
Karloff, Boris (b. William Henry Pratt)
(1887–1969) actor; born in Dulwich, England. After years of touring as an actor in Canada (where he adopted his stage name) he settled in Hollywood in 1919 where he acted in silent films. His role as the monster in Frankenstein (1931) typecast him as a horror movie villain—in real life he was a gentle, refined person—and when he returned to the stage, as he occasionally did, it was also as some menacing character, such as Captain Hook in Peter Pan or the villainous brother in Arsenic and Old Lace. He also created the stereotype of the mad scientist in such movies as Isle of the Dead (1945).
Including the themes of such monster hits as Universal's 1940s The Ghost of Frankenstein and Hammer Films' post-war gore-fest Curse of Frankenstein, the evening will celebrate composers who scored the frightening underworld stalked by the likes of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
Also included are an interview with Ulmer's widow, Shirley, and an essay by Ulmer himself on some of the individuals he had worked with, including Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, who co- starred together in The Black Cat.
Mary Shelley's horror classic Frankenstein has been given a modern twist by the makers of the Underworld series, in which Aaron Eckhart joins the likes of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney and Bela Lugosi in playing the iconic creature.