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Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff [3]

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Born:November 23, 1887
Died:February 2, 1969 (81)
Filmography Rating:7.36 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.92 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.35 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100.00%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Frankenstein [1931](44) => The Monster
How the Grinch Stole Christmas [1970](83) => Narrator / The Grinch
Star Trek: Enterprise - Season 2 [2002](115) => Frankenstein's Monster (archive footage)

Trivia that mentions this person:
Frankenstein [1931]
  • Boris Karloff offered to remove his partial bridgework as part of the monster make-up process to create the sunken cheek look.
  • [?] Ken Strickfaden, who created all the electrical effects for the movie, also doubled for Boris Karloff during the sequences that showed the million volt sparks playing over his body. The same machines were later used in the comedy Young Frankenstein.
  • Boris Karloff is considered a late bloomer in Hollywood. Frankenstein premiered when he was 44 years old.
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas [1970]
  • Dr. Seuss disputed casting Boris Karloff for fear that he would make the Grinch too scary.
  • Boris Karloff's voice changes when he speaks for the Grinch. Originally he spoke in his "Narrator" voice throughout. After recording was complete, the highs in his voice were mechanically removed for the Grinch, giving him the gravelly voice heard in the finished version.
    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian [2009]
  • Hank Azaria modeled his voice and the lisp after Boris Karloff from his performance in the original 1932 version of The Mummy. Karloff had a small but noticeable lisp.