1887 Born William Henry Pratt in 36 Forest Hill Road, East Dulwich on 22 November. 1896 Starred as demon king in school production of Cinderella 1909 Emigrated to British Columbia to work on a farm, Took up acting & changed his name. 1919 Moved to Los Angeles. Starred in His Majesty the American 1920 The Deadlier Sex (Thornby) followed by many films mostly as a villain. 1929 First soundie The Unholy Night 1931 The Criminal Code (Columbia)
Starred as monster in Frankenstein (James Whale).
Signed to Universal on a seven year contract. 1932 Scarface (Howard Hawks)
The Mummy (Karl Freund)
1933 (45) The Ghoul (Hunter). Filmed in UK (first time back in England for 25 years). 1934 The Lost Patrol (John Ford) 1936 The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale)
1939 Son of Frankenstein (Lee)
Daughter, Sarah, born.
Tower of London (Lee) 1941 Worked in theatre for three years. Plays included Arsenic & Old Lace. 1945 Back to Hollywood for B movies.
Isle of Dead (Robson)
The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise) 1948 (60) Worked on Broadway 1956 Appeared on TV as Kurtz in Heat of Darkness. 1956-8 Had own television series. 1963 The Raven (Roger Corman)
The Terror (Roger Corman) 1968 (70) Targets (Peter Bogdanovich) 1966 Narrated animated film How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Chuck Jones) 1967 The Sorcerers (Michael Reeves). UK film by cult director. 1969 2 Feb: Died aged 81 in Midhurst, Sussex. Plaque in Guilford Crematorium, Surrey.
Dear Boris: The Life of William Henry Pratt A.K.A. Boris Karloff - C Lindsay (Knopf 1975)
More Than A Monster -Stephen Jacobs (Tomahawk Press 2010)
Classic Frankenstein Triple - Frankenstein/Bride Of Frankenstein/House Of Frankenstein (3DVD)