“The monster was the best friend I ever had”
William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor who was primarily known for his typecast roles in horror films that depicted the characters Frankenstein and the Mummy.
He portrayed Frankenstein’s monster in “Frankenstein” (1931), “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), and “Son of Frankenstein” (1939), which resulted in his immense popularity. He also appeared as Imhotep in “The Mummy” (1932).
His best-known non-horror role is as the “Grinch”, as well as the narrator, in the animated television special of “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (1966). He also had a memorable role in the original “Scarface” (1932).
For his contribution to film and television, Boris Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.