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Actor Spotlight: Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff

Real Name:  William Henry Pratt

Birth:  November 23, 1887

Death:  February 2, 1969

Boris Karloff is arguably Universal Studio’s most well-known horror actor and icon. He was made famous in 1931 for his role as the Monster in Frankenstein at 44-years-old.

Before Frankenstein, Karloff struggled as an actor and had small roles in numerous silent films. Lon Chaney, the big horror star of the time, was friendly with him and gave him advice on how to succeed in the industry. “Find something no one else can or will do and they’ll begin to take notice of you.” This is something Chaney did throughout his career by playing painful roles, and it’s what Karloff found a few years later when he became the Monster.

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