Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff

Highest Rated: 100% Old Ironsides (1926)

Lowest Rated: 36% The Terror (1963)

Birthday: Nov 23, 1887

Birthplace: London, England, UK

Arguably Hollywood's most celebrated and enduring screen horror icon, Boris Karloff embodied legendary movie monsters and madmen in such films as "Frankenstein" (1931), "The Mummy" (1931), "The Mask of Fu Manchu" (1932), "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), "Isle of the Dead" (1945) and "The Body Snatcher" (1945) over the course of a four-decade career. He began as an obscure background player, essaying exotic types in silent films and serials until 1931, when his sympathetic turn as the Monster in "Frankenstein" made him an international star. For the next two decades, Karloff was the undisputed king of movie horror, while cultivating a lively presence in more dramatic and even comic fare on television and stage. He remained exceptionally popular into his seventh decade, especially among young viewers, who were entranced by his avuncular narration for "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!" (CBS, 1966). A beloved figure both on and off-screen, Karloff's performances - both chilling and charming - remained the gold standard by which all subsequent horror actors were measured.

Highest rated movies

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cámara del Terror Unknown (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sinister Invasion Prof. John Mayer (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alien Terror Prof. John Mayer (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cauldron of Blood Franz Badulescu (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 0% Dance of Death Matthias Morteval (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fear Chamber Dr. Karl Mantell (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Birch Mikhail Orlov (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 31% The Crimson Cult Professor John Marsh (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 11% The Snake People Unknown (Character) - 1968
89% 81% Targets Byron Orlok (Character) - 1968
100% 59% The Sorcerers Prof. Marcus Monserrat (Character) - 1967
70% 67% Mad Monster Party? Baron Boris von Frankenstein (Voice) - 1967
No Score Yet 31% The Venetian Affair Dr. Pierre Vaugiroud (Character) - 1967
100% 97% How the Grinch Stole Christmas Unknown (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 40% The Daydreamer The Rat (Voice) - 1966
No Score Yet 48% The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini The Corpse (Character) - 1966
71% 40% Die, Monster, Die! Nahum Witley (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mondo Balordo Narrator - 1964
89% 70% The Comedy of Terrors Amos Hinchley (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Sabbath Himself/Gorca (Character) - 1963
87% 64% The Raven Dr. Scarabus (Character) - 1963
36% 22% The Terror Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Arsenic & Old Lace Jonathan Brewster (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Juggler of Our Lady Narrator - 1958
No Score Yet 19% Frankenstein 1970 Baron Victor von Frankenstein (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 49% Corridors of Blood Dr. Thomas Bolton (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 43% The Haunted Strangler James Rankin (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Veil Unknown (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Veil Host - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Destination Nightmare Unknown (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 11% Voodoo Island Phillip Knight (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sabaka Gen. Pollegar (Character) - 1955
63% 63% Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 9% Island Monster Don Gaetano (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 32% The Black Castle Dr. Meissen (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 36% The Strange Door Voltan (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 61% Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Swami Talpur (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 100% The Emperor's Nightingale Narrator - 1949
No Score Yet 83% Tap Roots Tishomingo (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 34% Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome Gruesome (Character) - 1947
100% 69% Lured Charles van Druten (Character) - 1947
71% 80% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Dr. Hollingshead (Character) - 1947
83% 65% Unconquered Guyasuta (Character) - 1947
89% 52% Bedlam Master George Sims (Character) - 1946
85% 75% The Body Snatcher Cabman John Gray (Character) - 1945
89% 51% Isle of the Dead General Nikolas Pherides (Character) - 1945
55% 47% House of Frankenstein Dr. Gustav Niemann (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 22% The Climax Dr. Friedrich Hohner (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 60% The Boogie Man Will Get You Prof. Nathaniel Billings (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 56% When the Devil Commands Dr. Julian Blair (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 19% The Fatal Hour James Lee Wong (Character) - 1940
38% 12% The Ape Dr. Bernard Adrian (Character) - 1940
100% 49% Black Friday Dr. Ernest Sovac (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 35% British Intelligence Valdar (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 19% Doomed to Die James Lee Wong (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 38% Before I Hang Dr. John Garth (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 52% You'll Find Out Judge Spencer Mainwaring (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 38% Devil's Island Dr. Charles Gaudet (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 62% The Man With Nine Lives Dr. Leon Kravaal (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 38% Mr. Wong in Chinatown Mr. James Lee Wong (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 40% The Mystery of Mr. Wong James Lee Wong (Character) - 1939
67% 72% The Man They Could Not Hang Dr. Henryk Savaard (Character) - 1939
83% 61% Tower of London Mord (Character) - 1939
95% 71% Son of Frankenstein The Monster (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Invisible Menace Jevries (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 43% Mr. Wong, Detective Mr. James Lee Wong (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 14% Juggernaut Doctor Sartorius (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 20% West of Shanghai Wu Yen Fang (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 33% Night Key David Mallory (Character) - 1937
60% 74% Charlie Chan at the Opera Gravelle (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 57% The Walking Dead John Ellman (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 52% The Man Who Lived Again Dr. Laurience (Character) - 1936
67% 51% The Invisible Ray Dr. Janos Rukh (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 62% The Black Room Baron / Anton (Character) - 1935
80% 74% The Raven Edmond Bateman (Character) - 1935
98% 87% Bride of Frankenstein The Monster (as Karloff) (Character) - 1935
100% 51% The House of Rothschild Count Ledrantz (Character) - 1934
100% 63% The Lost Patrol Sanders (Character) - 1934
89% 70% The Black Cat Hjalmar Poelzig (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 35% The Ghoul Prof. Henry Morlant (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 60% Night World Happy MacDonald (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Business and Pleasure Sheik (Character) - 1932
88% 72% The Mummy Imhotep/Ardath Bey (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind the Mask Jim Henderson (Character) - 1932
96% 71% The Old Dark House Morgan (Character) - 1932
88% 53% The Mask of Fu Manchu Dr. Fu Manchu (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tonight or Never Waiter (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Public Defender The Professor (Character) - 1931
100% 87% Frankenstein The Monster (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 80% The Mad Genius Fedor's Father (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 20% Cracked Nuts Boris (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Like Your Nerve Luigi - Pacheco's Butler (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 47% The Criminal Code Ned Galloway (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 67% The Guilty Generation Tony Ricca (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 47% Smart Money Sport Williams (Character) - 1931
91% 74% Five Star Final T. Vernon Isopod (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Utah Kid Henchman Baxter (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea Bat Corsican (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind That Curtain Beetham's Manservant (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unholy Night Abdul (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Sisters Cecil (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 61% Two Arabian Knights The Purser (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tarzan and the Golden Lion Owaza (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet 36% The Bells The Mesmerist (Character) - 1926
100% 60% Old Ironsides A Saracen Guard (Character) - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nickel Hopper Unknown (Character) - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Courage of Marge O'Doone Tavish (Character) - 1920
No Score Yet 62% The Last of the Mohicans Indian (Character) - 1920

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet The Veil Host
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1963 1954-1955 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Himself (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Host 1960-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theatre '62 Judge Lord Thomas Horfield (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunday Showcase Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Professor Theodore Koernig (Character) 1958 1951-1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Telephone Time Dr. Pierre (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Doc Dixon (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Colonel March of Scotland Yard Colonel Perceval March (Character) 1955-1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour George Redford (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1953 1951 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Tomorrow Unknown (Character) 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1951

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