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Occupation
  
Actor

Height
  
1.8 m

Role
  
Actor


Name
  
Boris Karloff

Years active
  
1909–1969

Children
  
Sara Karloff

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Full Name
  
William Henry Pratt

Born
  
23 November 1887 (
1887-11-23
)
Camberwell, London, England, United Kingdom

Cause of death
  
Pneumonia and emphysema

Died
  
February 2, 1969, Midhurst, United Kingdom

Spouse
  
Evelyn Hope (m. 1946–1966)

Movies and TV shows
  
Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, Thriller, Dr Seuss' How the Grinch St

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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).

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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.

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Early years

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Boris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt on 23 November 1887, at 36 Forest Hill Road, Camberwell, London, England. Pratt himself stated that he was born in Dulwich, which is nearby in London. His parents were Edward John Pratt, Jr. and Eliza Sarah Millard. His brother, Sir John Thomas Pratt, was a British diplomat. His mother's maternal aunt was Anna Leonowens, whose tales about life in the royal court of Siam (now Thailand) were the basis of the musical The King and I. Produced by Kevin Burns. A&E, 1999 He was bow-legged, had a lisp, and stuttered as a young boy. He conquered his stutter, but not his lisp, which was noticeable throughout his career in the film industry.

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Pratt spent his childhood years in Enfield, in the County of Middlesex. He was the youngest of nine children, and following his mother's death was brought up by his elder siblings. He received his early education at Enfield Grammar School, and later at the private schools of Uppingham School and Merchant Taylors' School. After this, he attended King's College London where he took studies aimed at a career with the British Government's Consular Service. However, in 1909, he left university without graduating and drifted, departing England for Canada, where he worked as a farm labourer and did various odd itinerant jobs until happening upon acting.

Acting career

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He began appearing in theatrical performances in Canada, and during this period he chose the screen name "Boris Karloff". Some have theorised that he took the stage name from a mad scientist character in the novel The Drums of Jeopardy called "Boris Karlov". However, the novel was not published until 1920, at least eight years after Karloff had been using the name on stage and in silent films (Warner Oland played "Boris Karlov" in a film version in 1931). Another possible influence was thought to be a character in the Edgar Rice Burroughs fantasy novel H. R. H. The Rider which features a "Prince Boris of Karlova", but as the novel was not published until 1915, the influence may be backward, that Burroughs saw Karloff in a play and adapted the name for the character. Karloff always claimed he chose the first name "Boris" because it sounded foreign and exotic, and that "Karloff" was a family name (from Karlov – in Cyrillic, Карлов – a name found in several Slavic countries, including Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria). However, his daughter Sara Karloff publicly denied any knowledge of Slavic forebears, "Karloff" or otherwise. One reason for the name change was to prevent embarrassment to his family. Whether or not his brothers (all dignified members of the British Foreign Service) actually considered young William the "black sheep of the family" for having become an actor, Karloff apparently worried they felt that way. He did not reunite with his family until he returned to Britain to make The Ghoul (1933), extremely worried that his siblings would disapprove of his new, macabre claim to world fame. Instead, his brothers jostled for position around him and happily posed for publicity photographs. After the photo was taken, Karloff’s brothers immediately started asking about getting a copy of their own of it. The story of the photo became one of Karloff’s favorites.

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Karloff joined the Jeanne Russell Company in 1911 and performed in towns like Kamloops, British Columbia, and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. After the devastating tornado in Regina on 30 June 1912, Karloff and other performers helped with clean-up efforts. He later took a job as a railway baggage handler and joined the Harry St. Clair Co. that performed in Minot, North Dakota, for a year in an opera house above a hardware store.

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Whilst he was trying to establish his acting career, Karloff had to perform years of difficult manual labour in Canada and the U.S. in order to make ends meet. He was left with back problems from which he suffered for the rest of his life. Because of his health, he did not enlist in World War I.

During the WWI-Era, Karloff worked in various theatrical stock companies across the U.S. to hone his acting skills. Some acting companies mentioned were the Harry St. Clair Players and the Billie Bennett Touring Company. By early 1918 he was working with the Maud Amber Players in Vallejo, California, but because of the Spanish Flu outbreak in the San Francisco area and the fear of infection, the troupe was disbanded. He was able to find work with the Haggerty Repertory for a while, (according to the 1973 obituary of Joseph Paul Haggerty, he and Boris Karloff remained lifelong friends). It was also at this time that Karloff mentioned that he appeared in a crowd scene in his first film, a Frank Borzage film at Universal Studios for which he received $5. Many have tried, but the title of this film has never been discovered. Karloff himself was very lax in his attempts to remember, let alone document, his early career, and the mystery remains.

Hollywood

Once Karloff arrived in Hollywood, he made dozens of silent films, but work was sporadic, and he often had to take up manual labour such as digging ditches or delivering construction plaster to earn a living. A number of his early major roles were in film serials, such as The Masked Rider (1919), in Chapter 2 of which he can be glimpsed onscreen for the first time, The Hope Diamond Mystery (1920) and King of the Wild (1930). In these early roles, he was often cast as an exotic Arabian or Indian villain. A key film which brought Karloff recognition was The Criminal Code (1931), a prison drama in which he reprised a dramatic part he had played on stage. Another significant role in the autumn of 1931 saw Karloff play a key supporting part as an unethical newspaper reporter in Five Star Final, a film about tabloid journalism which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Stardom

Karloff's role as Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein propelled him to stardom. The bulky costume with four-inch platform boots made it an arduous role but the costume and extensive makeup produced the classic image. The costume was a job in itself for Karloff with the shoes weighing 11 pounds (5.0 kg) each. Universal Studios was quick to acquire ownership of the copyright to the makeup format for the Frankenstein monster that Jack P. Pierce had designed. A year later, Karloff played another iconic character, Imhotep in The Mummy. The Old Dark House (with Charles Laughton) and the starring role in The Mask of Fu Manchu quickly followed. These films all confirmed Karloff's new-found stardom.

The 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) brown-eyed Karloff played a wide variety of roles in other genres besides horror. He was memorably gunned down in a bowling alley in the 1932 film Scarface. He played a religious First World War soldier in the 1934 John Ford epic The Lost Patrol.

Horror had become Karloff's primary genre, and he gave a string of lauded performances in 1930s Universal horror films, including several with Bela Lugosi, his main rival as heir to Lon Chaney's status as the top horror film star. Karloff reprised the role of Frankenstein's monster in two other films, Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939), the latter also featuring Lugosi. Karloff revisited the Frankenstein mythos in several later films as well, taking the starring role of the villainous Dr. Niemann in House of Frankenstein (1944), in which the monster was played by Glenn Strange. He reprised the role of the "mad scientist" in 1958's Frankenstein 1970 as Baron Victor von Frankenstein II, the grandson of the original creator. The finale reveals that the crippled Baron has given his own face (i. e., Karloff's) to the monster.

Between 1938 and 1940, Karloff appeared in five films for Monogram Pictures. Directed by William Nigh, Karloff portrayed character James Lee Wong, a Chinese detective. More commonly referred to as Mr. Wong, Karloff's portrayal of the character is an example of Hollywood's use of yellowface and its portrayal of East Asians in the earlier half of the 20th century.

Karloff appeared at a celebrity baseball game as Frankenstein's monster in 1940, hitting a gag home run and making catcher Buster Keaton fall into an acrobatic dead faint as the monster stomped into home plate. Norman Z. McLeod filmed a sequence in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Karloff in the Frankenstein monster make-up, but it was deleted from the finished film. However, Karloff still appeared in that film in a brief but starring role as Dr. Hollingshead. Karloff donned the monster make-up for the last time in 1962 for a Halloween episode of the TV series Route 66, which also featured Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney, Jr.

While the long, creative partnership between Karloff and Bela Lugosi never led to a close friendship, it produced some of the actors' most revered and enduring productions, beginning with The Black Cat (1934). Follow-ups included Gift of Gab (1934), The Raven (1935), The Invisible Ray (1936), Black Friday (1940), You'll Find Out (also 1940), and The Body Snatcher (1945). During this period, he also starred with Basil Rathbone in Tower of London (1939) as the murderous henchman of King Richard III, and with Margaret Lindsay in British Intelligence (1940). In 1944, he underwent a spinal operation to relieve his chronic arthritic condition.

From 1945 to 1946, he appeared in three films for RKO produced by Val Lewton: Isle of the Dead, The Body Snatcher, and Bedlam. In a 1946 interview with Louis Berg of the Los Angeles Times, Karloff discussed his three-picture deal with RKO, his reasons for leaving Universal Pictures and working with producer Lewton. Karloff left Universal because he thought the Frankenstein franchise had run its course. The last installment in which he appeared—House of Frankenstein—was what he called a "'monster clambake,' with everything thrown in—Frankenstein, Dracula, a hunchback, and a 'man-beast' that howled in the night. It was too much. Karloff thought it was ridiculous and said so." Berg continues, "Mr. Karloff has great love and respect for Mr. Lewton as the man who rescued him from the living dead and restored, so to speak, his soul."

During this period, Karloff was also a frequent guest on radio programmes, whether it was starring in Arch Oboler's Chicago-based Lights Out productions (most notably the episode "Cat Wife") or spoofing his horror image with Fred Allen or Jack Benny. In 1949, he was the host and star of Starring Boris Karloff, a radio and television anthology series for the ABC broadcasting network.

An enthusiastic performer, he returned to the Broadway stage in the original production of Arsenic and Old Lace in 1941, in which he played a homicidal gangster enraged to be frequently mistaken for Karloff. Although Frank Capra cast Raymond Massey in the 1944 film, which was shot in 1941, while Karloff was still appearing in the role on Broadway, Karloff reprised the role on television in a 1955 installment of the anthology series The Best of Broadway, and with Tony Randall and Tom Bosley in a 1962 production on the Hallmark Hall of Fame. Somewhat less successful was his work in J. B. Priestley's play The Linden Tree. He also appeared as Captain Hook in the play Peter Pan with Jean Arthur. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his work opposite Julie Harris in The Lark, by the French playwright Jean Anouilh, about Joan of Arc, which was reprised on Hallmark Hall of Fame.

In later years, he hosted and acted in a number of television series, most notably Thriller, Out Of This World, and The Veil, but the last of these was never actually broadcast, and only came to light in the 1990s. In the 1960s, Karloff appeared in several films for American International Pictures, including The Comedy of Terrors, The Raven, and the cult film The Terror, the latter two directed by Roger Corman, and Die, Monster, Die! He also starred in Michael Reeves's second feature film, The Sorcerers, in 1966.

During the 1950s, he appeared on British television in the series Colonel March of Scotland Yard, in which he portrayed John Dickson Carr's fictional detective Colonel March, who was known for solving apparently impossible crimes.

Karloff, along with H. V. Kaltenborn, was a regular panelist on the NBC game show, Who Said That? which aired between 1948 and 1955. Later, as a guest on NBC's The Gisele MacKenzie Show, Karloff sang "Those Were the Good Old Days" from Damn Yankees while Gisele MacKenzie performed the solo, "Give Me the Simple Life". On The Red Skelton Show, Karloff guest starred along with horror actor Vincent Price in a parody of Frankenstein, with Red Skelton as "Klem Kadiddle Monster." In 1966, Karloff also appeared with Robert Vaughn and Stefanie Powers in the spy series The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., in the episode "The Mother Muffin Affair," Karloff performed in drag as the titular character. That same year, he also played an Indian Maharajah on the installment of the adventure series The Wild Wild West titled "The Night of the Golden Cobra". In 1967, he played an eccentric Spanish professor who believes himself to be Don Quixote in a whimsical episode of I Spy titled "Mainly on the Plains."

In the mid-1960s, he gained a late-career surge of American popularity when he narrated the made-for-television animated film of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and also provided the voice of the Grinch, although the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" was sung by the American voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft. The film was first broadcast on CBS-TV in 1966. Karloff later received a Grammy Award for "Best Recording For Children" after the story was released as a record. Because Ravenscroft (who never met Karloff in the course of their work on the show) was uncredited for his contribution to How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, his performance of the song was often mistakenly attributed to Karloff.

In 1968, he starred in Targets, a film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, featuring two separate stories that converge into one. In one, a disturbed young man kills his family, then embarks on a killing spree. In the other, a famous horror-film actor contemplates then confirms his retirement, agreeing to one last appearance at a drive-in cinema. Karloff starred as the retired horror film actor, Byron Orlok, a thinly disguised version of himself; Orlok was facing an end of life crisis, which he resolved through a confrontation with the gunman at the drive-in cinema.

In 1968, he played occult expert Professor Marsh in a British production titled The Crimson Cult (Curse of the Crimson Altar), which was the last Karloff film to be released during his lifetime.

He ended his career by appearing in four low-budget Mexican horror films: The Snake People, The Incredible Invasion, Fear Chamber, and House of Evil. This was a package deal with Mexican producer Luis Enrique Vergara. Karloff's scenes were directed by Jack Hill and shot back-to-back in Los Angeles in the spring of 1968. The films were then completed in Mexico. All four were released posthumously, with the last, The Incredible Invasion, not released until 1971, two years after Karloff's death.

Cauldron of Blood, shot in Spain in 1967 and co-starring Viveca Lindfors, was also released after Karloff's death.

While shooting his final films, Karloff suffered from emphysema. Only half of one lung was still functioning and he required oxygen between takes.

Spoken word recordings and horror anthologies

He recorded the title role of Shakespeare's Cymbeline for the Shakespeare Recording Society (Caedmon Audio). The recording was originally released in 1962. A download of his performance is available from audible.com. He is also recorded the narration for Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra under Mario Rossi.

Records he made for the children's market included Three Little Pigs and Other Fairy Stories, Tales of the Frightened (volume 1 and 2), Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories and, with Cyril Ritchard and Celeste Holm, Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, and Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark.

He edited several horror anthologies, commencing with Tales of Terror (Cleveland and NY: World Publishing Co, 1943)(compiled with the help of Edmond Speare). This wartime-published anthology went through at least five printings to September 1945. It has been reprinted recently (Orange NJ: Idea Men, 2007).

Karloff's name was also attached to And the Darkness Falls (Cleveland and NY: World Publishing Co, 1946); and The Boris Karloff Horror Anthology (London: Souvenir Press, 1965; simultaneous publication in Canada - Toronto: The Ryerson Press; US pbk reprint NY: Avon Books, 1965 retitled as Boris Karloff's Favourite Horror Stories; UK pbk reprints London: Corgi, 1969 and London: Everest, 1975, both under the original title), though it less clear whether Karloff himself actually edited these.

Tales of the Frightened (Belmont Books, 1963), though based on the recordings by Karloff of the same title, and featuring his image on the book cover, contained stories written by Michael Avallone; the second volume, Boris Karloff presents More Tales of the Frightened contained stories authored by Robert Lory. Both Avallone and Lory worked closely with Canadian editor and book packager Lyle Kenyon Engel, who also ghost-edited a horror story anthology for horror film star Basil Rathbone.

Personal life

Beginning in 1940, Karloff dressed as Father Christmas every Christmas to hand out presents to physically disabled children in a Baltimore hospital. He never legally changed his name to "Boris Karloff." He signed official documents "William H. Pratt, a.k.a. Boris Karloff."

He was a charter member of the Screen Actors Guild, and he was especially outspoken due to the long hours he spent in makeup while playing Frankenstein.

He married five times and had one child, daughter Sara Karloff, by his fourth wife. One marriage was in 1946 right after his divorce. At the time of his daughter's birth, he was filming Son of Frankenstein and reportedly rushed from the film set to the hospital while still in full makeup.

Death

He spent his retirement in England at his country cottage named Roundabout in the Hampshire village of Bramshott. He contracted bronchitis in 1968 and was hospitalized at University College Hospital. He died of pneumonia at the King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst, in Sussex, on 2 February 1969, at the age of 81.

His body was cremated following a requested modest service at Guildford Crematorium, Godalming, Surrey, where he is commemorated by a plaque in the Garden of Remembrance. A memorial service was held at St Paul's, Covent Garden (the Actors' Church), London, where there is also a plaque.

Four Mexican films for which Karloff shot his scenes in Los Angeles in 1968 were released over a two-year period posthumously. During the run of Thriller, Karloff lent his name and likeness to a comic book for Gold Key Comics based upon the series. After Thriller was cancelled, the comic was retitled Boris Karloff's Tales of Mystery. An illustrated likeness of Karloff continued to introduce each issue of this publication for nearly a decade after his death; the comic lasted until the early 1980s. In 2009, Dark Horse Comics began publishing reprints of Boris Karloff's Tales of Mystery in a hard-bound edition.

Legacy

For his contribution to film and television, Boris Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1737 Vine Street for motion pictures, and 6664 Hollywood Boulevard for television.

Karloff was featured by the U.S. Postal Service as Frankenstein's Monster and the Mummy in its series "Classic Monster Movie Stamps" issued in September 1997. In 1998, an English heritage blue plaque was unveiled in his hometown in London.

In November 2014, Randy Bowser debuted his one-man play Karloff at the Level B Theater Pub in Salem, Oregon. Using material culled from five different Boris Karloff biographies and being granted the authorisation of daughter Sara Karloff (who attended the opening weekend of the show), Bowser crafted the play to be about more than Karloff as a monster film actor. He told the Statesman Journal, "You really don't have to be a Boris Karloff fan to enjoy the show. It's not a monster show; it's about a man."

Filmography

Actor
1971
Alien Terror as
Prof. John Mayer
1971
Isle of the Snake People as
Karl Van Molder / Damballah
1968
Fear Chamber as
Dr. Karl Mantell
1968
House of Evil as
Matthias Morteval
1968
The Crimson Cult as
Professor John Marsh
1968
The Name of the Game (TV Series) as
Mikhail Orlov
- The White Birch (1968) - Mikhail Orlov
1956
The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series) as
Dr. Nelson Sr. / Professor Townsend (Spy)
- He Who Steals My Robot Steals Trash (1968) - Dr. Nelson Sr.
- The Atomic Sailor (1956) - Professor Townsend (Spy)
1968
Targets as
Byron Orlok
1968
Cauldron of Blood as
Franz Badulescu
1967
The Sorcerers as
Prof. Marcus Monserrat
1967
Mad Monster Party? as
Baron Boris von Frankenstein (voice)
1967
I Spy (TV Series) as
Don Ernesto Silvando
- Mainly on the Plains (1967) - Don Ernesto Silvando
1966
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (TV Movie) as
Narrator / The Grinch (voice)
1966
The Venetian Affair as
Dr. Pierre Vaugiroud
1966
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series) as
Mother Muffin
- The Mother Muffin Affair (1966) - Mother Muffin
1966
The Wild Wild West (TV Series) as
Mr. Singh
- The Night of the Golden Cobra (1966) - Mr. Singh
1966
The Daydreamer as
The Rat (voice)
1966
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini as
The Corpse
1965
Die, Monster, Die! as
Nahum Witley
1964
Bikini Beach as
The Art Dealer
1963
The Comedy of Terrors as
Amos Hinchley
1963
Black Sabbath as
Gorca (segment "I Wurdalak")
1963
The Terror as
Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe / Eric
1963
The Raven as
Dr. Scarabus
1962
Route 66 (TV Series) as
Boris Karloff
- Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing (1962) - Boris Karloff
1962
The Dickie Henderson Show (TV Series)
- The Gangster (1962)
1962
Theatre '62 (TV Series) as
Judge Lord Thomas Horfield
- The Paradine Case (1962) - Judge Lord Thomas Horfield
1962
The Paradine Case (TV Movie) as
Judge Lord Thomas Horfield
1962
Arsenic & Old Lace (TV Movie) as
Jonathan Brewster
1960
Who Killed Chung Ling Soo? (Short) as
Narrator
1960
The Secret World of Eddie Hodges (TV Movie) as
Captain Hook
1960
Upgreen - And at 'Em
1960
The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series) as
Capt. Billy Bones
- Treasure Island (1960) - Capt. Billy Bones
1956
Playhouse 90 (TV Series) as
Guibert / Mr. Kurtz / Ward Allen
- To the Sound of Trumpets (1960) - Guibert
- Heart of Darkness (1958) - Mr. Kurtz
- Rendezvous in Black (1956) - Ward Allen
1955
General Electric Theater (TV Series) as
Henry E. Church / Mr. Blue Ocean
- The Indian Giver (1959) - Henry E. Church
- Mr. Blue Ocean (1955) - Mr. Blue Ocean
1959
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series) as
Boris Karloff
- It's Murder My Dear (1959) - Boris Karloff
1958
Corridors of Blood as
Dr. Bolton
1958
The Veil (TV Mini Series) as
Host / Ira Perry / Sgt. Willmore / ...
- Whatever Happened to Peggy (1958) - Host / Ira Perry
- Vision of Crime (1958) - Host / Sgt. Willmore
- The Return of Madame Vernoy (1958) - Host / Professor Charles Goncourt
- The Doctors (1958) - Dr. Carlo Marcabienti
- The Crystal Ball (1958) - Host / Andre Giraud
- Summer Heat (1958) - Host / Dr. Mason
- Girl on the Road (1958) - Host / Morgan Debs
- Genesis (1958) - Jonas Atterbury
- Food on the Table (1958) - Host / Captain Elwood
- Destination Nightmare (1958) - Pete Wade Sr.
1958
Frankenstein 1970 as
Baron Victor von Frankenstein
1958
The Haunted Strangler as
James Rankin
1951
Studio One (TV Series) as
Professor Koernig / King Arthur / Skaggs
- The Shadow of a Genius (1958) - Professor Koernig
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1952) - King Arthur
- Mutiny on the Nicolette (1951) - Skaggs
1958
Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series) as
Father Knickerbocker / Narrator
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1958) - Father Knickerbocker / Narrator
1958
Telephone Time (TV Series) as
Dr. Pierre
- The Vestris (1958) - Dr. Pierre
1957
Suspicion (TV Series) as
Judge Winthrop Gelsey
- The Deadly Game (1957) - Judge Winthrop Gelsey
1957
The Juggler of Our Lady (Short) as
Narrator (voice)
1951
Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) as
Montgomery Royle / Larkin / Sir Arthur Strangeways
- The Man Who Played God (1957) - Montgomery Royle
- Fear (1952) - Larkin
- The Jest of Hahalaba (1951) - Sir Arthur Strangeways
1957
Voodoo Island as
Phillip Knight
1957
The Lark (TV Movie) as
Bishop Cauchon
1954
Climax! (TV Series) as
Vicar Tellworth / Dr. Philip Nestri
- Bury Me Later (1956) - Vicar Tellworth
- The White Carnation (1954) - Dr. Philip Nestri
1954
Colonel March of Scotland Yard (TV Series) as
Colonel March Of Scotland Yard / Col. Perceval March / Colonel March of Scotland Yard
- The Deadly Gift (1956) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- Death in Inner Space (1956) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- The New Invisible Man (1956) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- Death in the Dressing Room (1956) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- Hot Money (1956) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- Error at Daybreak (1956) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- The Silver Curtain (1956) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- The Stolen Crime (1956) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- The Strange Event at Roman Fall (1956) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- Death and the Other Monkey (1956) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- The Silent Vow (1956) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- Murder Is Permanent (1956) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- The Devil Sells His Soul (1956) - Colonel March of Scotland Yard
- The Case of the Lively Ghost (1955) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- The Talking Head (1955) - Col. Perceval March
- The Case of the Misguided Missal (1955) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- The Second Mona Lisa (1955) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- The Missing Link (1955) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- The Headless Hat (1955) - Col. Perceval March
- The Case of the Kidnapped Poodle (1955) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- The Invisible Knife (1955) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- Present Tense (1955) - Col. Perceval March
- The Abominable Snowman (1955) - Col. Perceval March
- The Sorcerer (1955) - Col. Perceval March
- Passage at Arms (1955) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
- At Night All Cats Are Gray (1954) - Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
1956
The Alcoa Hour (TV Series) as
Doc Dixon
- Even the Weariest River (1956) - Doc Dixon
1955
The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) as
George Redford
- Counterfeit (1955) - George Redford
1955
A Connecticut Yankee (TV Movie) as
King Arthur
1955
The Elgin Hour (TV Series) as
Mr. Mycroft
- Sting of Death (1955) - Mr. Mycroft
1955
The Donald O'Connor Show (TV Series) as
Major Role
- Episode #1.8 (1955) - Major Role
1955
The Best of Broadway (TV Series) as
Jonathan Brewster
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1955) - Jonathan Brewster
1954
Sabaka as
Gen. Pollegar
1954
The Island Monster as
Don Gaetano
1953
The Plymouth Playhouse (TV Series) as
starring in 'The Chase' and 'The Reticence of Cody Anne' / Story One - The Chase
- Reticence of Lady Anne (1953)
- Sketchbook (1953) - starring in 'The Chase' and 'The Reticence of Cody Anne'
- Four Stories (1953) - Story One - The Chase
1953
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as
Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
1953
Colonel March Investigates as
Colonel March
1949
Suspense (TV Series) as
Rasputin / Bronson / Toff
- The Signal Man (1953)
- The Black Prophet (1953) - Rasputin
- The Lonely Place (1951)
- The Yellow Scarf (1949) - Bronson
- The Monkey's Paw (1949)
- A Night at an Inn (1949) - Toff
1952
Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series) as
Dr. Henry Marco
- Past Tense (1953) - Dr. Henry Marco
- Memento (1952)
1951
Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series) as
Bennett Kimball
- Burden of Proof (1953)
- The Kimballs (1951) - Bennett Kimball
1953
Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- The Invited Seven (1953)
1952
The Black Castle as
Dr. Meissen
1952
Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series) as
Charles Brandon
- The House of Death (1952) - Charles Brandon
1952
Curtain Call (TV Series)
- The Soul of the Great Bell (1952)
1952
CBS Television Workshop (TV Series) as
Don Quixote
- Don Quixote (1952) - Don Quixote
1951
The Strange Door as
Voltan
1950
Lights Out (TV Series)
- The Leopard Lady (1950)
1950
Masterpiece Playhouse (TV Series)
- Uncle Vanya (1950)
1949
Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet the Killer Boris Karloff as
Swami Talpur
1949
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series) as
Doctor Steven Johnson
- A Passenger to Bali (1949)
- Expert Opinion (1949) - Doctor Steven Johnson
1949
The Emperor's Nightingale as
Narrator (English version) (English version, voice)
1949
The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series) as
Jonathan Brewster
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1949) - Jonathan Brewster
1948
Tap Roots as
Tishomingo
1947
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome as
Gruesome
1947
Unconquered as
Guyasuta - Chief of the Senecas
1947
Lured as
Charles van Druten
1947
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as
Dr. Hugo Hollingshead
1946
Bedlam as
Master George Sims
1945
Isle of the Dead as
Gen. Nikolas Pherides
1945
The Body Snatcher as
Cabman John Gray
1944
House of Frankenstein as
Doctor Gustav Niemann
1944
The Climax as
Dr. Friedrich Hohner
1942
The Boogie Man Will Get You as
Prof. Nathaniel Billings
1941
The Devil Commands as
Dr. Julian Blair
1940
You'll Find Out as
Judge Spencer Mainwaring
1940
The Ape as
Dr. Bernard Adrian
1940
Before I Hang as
Dr. John Garth
1940
Doomed to Die as
James Lee Wong
1940
The Man with Nine Lives as
Dr. Leon Kravaal
1940
Black Friday as
Dr. Ernest Sovac
1940
The Fatal Hour as
James Lee Wong
1939
Tower of London as
Mord
1939
British Intelligence as
Valdar
1939
The Man They Could Not Hang as
Dr. Henryk Savaard
1939
Mr. Wong in Chinatown as
James Lee Wong
1939
The Mystery of Mr. Wong as
Mr. James Lee Wong
1939
Son of Frankenstein as
The Monster
1939
Devil's Island as
Dr. Charles Gaudet
1938
Mr. Wong, Detective as
James Lee Wong
1938
The Invisible Menace as
Jevries
1937
West of Shanghai as
Wu Yen Fang
1937
Night Key as
David Mallory
1936
Charlie Chan at the Opera as
Gravelle
1936
The Man Who Lived Again as
Dr. Laurience / Dick Haslewood
1936
Juggernaut as
Doctor Victor Sartorius
1936
The Walking Dead as
John Ellman
1936
The Invisible Ray as
Dr. Janos Rukh (as Karloff)
1935
The Black Room as
Baron Gregor de Berghman / Anton de Berghman
1935
The Raven as
Edmond Bateman (as Karloff)
1935
The Bride of Frankenstein as
The Monster (as Karloff)
1934
Gift of Gab as
The Phantom (as Karloff)
1934
The Black Cat as
Hjalmar Poelzig (as Karloff)
1934
The House of Rothschild as
Count Ledrantz
1934
The Lost Patrol as
Sanders
1933
The Ghoul as
Prof. Henry Morlant
1932
The Mummy as
Imhotep
1932
The Mask of Fu Manchu as
Dr. Fu Manchu
1932
The Old Dark House as
Morgan
1932
Skyscraper Souls as
Man Approaching Ticket Counter (uncredited)
1932
Night World as
'Happy' MacDonald
1932
The Miracle Man as
Nikko
1932
Scarface as
Gaffney
1932
The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood as
Boris Karloff
1932
Behind the Mask as
Jim Henderson
1932
Business and Pleasure as
Sheik Ali Ben Joseph (uncredited)
1931
Tonight or Never as
Waiter
1931
Frankenstein as
The Monster
1931
The Guilty Generation as
Tony Ricca
1931
The Yellow Ticket as
Drunken Orderly (uncredited)
1931
The Mad Genius as
Fedor's Father (uncredited)
1931
Graft as
'Terry'
1931
I Like Your Nerve as
Luigi - Pacheco's Butler
1931
Five Star Final as
T. Vernon Isopod
1931
The Public Defender as
The Professor
1931
Smart Money as
Sport Williams (uncredited)
1931
Young Donovan's Kid as
Cokey Joe
1931
The Vanishing Legion as
The Voice (voice, uncredited)
1931
Cracked Nuts as
Boris - First Revolutionary
1931
King of the Wild as
Mustapha
1930
The Criminal Code as
Galloway
1930
The Utah Kid as
Baxter - Henchman
1930
The Sea Bat as
Corsican
1930
The Bad One as
Monsieur Gaston
1929
The Unholy Night as
Abdul Mohammed Bey - the Hindu Lawyer (uncredited)
1929
The King of the Kongo as
Scarface Macklin
1929
Behind That Curtain as
Beetham's Manservant
1929
The Phantom of the North as
Jules Gregg
1929
Anne Against the World
1929
Two Sisters as
Cecil
1929
The Devil's Chaplain as
Boris
1929
The Fatal Warning as
Mullins
1928
The Little Wild Girl as
Maurice Kent
1928
Burning the Wind as
Pug Doran
1928
Vultures of the Sea as
Grouchy
1928
The Vanishing Rider as
The Villain
1928
Sharp Shooters as
Cafe Proprietor (uncredited)
1927
The Love Mart as
Fleming
1927
Two Arabian Knights as
The Purser
1927
Soft Cushions as
The Chief Conspirator
1927
The Phantom Buster as
Ramon
1927
The Meddlin' Stranger as
Al Meggs
1927
Tarzan and the Golden Lion as
Owaza
1927
The Princess from Hoboken as
Pavel
1927
Let It Rain as
Crook
1926
Old Ironsides as
Saracen Guard (uncredited)
1926
Flaming Fury as
Gaspard
1926
The Nickel-Hopper (Short) as
Dance Hall Masher (uncredited)
1926
The Eagle of the Sea as
Pirate (uncredited)
1926
Flames as
Blackie Blanchette
1926
The Golden Web as
Dave Sinclair
1926
The Bells as
The Mesmerist
1926
Her Honor, the Governor as
Snipe Collins
1926
The Man in the Saddle as
Robber (uncredited)
1926
The Greater Glory as
Scissors Grinder
1925
Without Mercy as
Madame Gordon's Second Henchman (uncredited)
1925
Perils of the Wild
1925
Never the Twain Shall Meet
1925
Lady Robinhood as
Cabraza
1925
Parisian Nights as
Pierre
1925
The Prairie Wife as
Diego
1925
Forbidden Cargo as
Pietro Castillano
1924
Dynamite Dan as
Tony Garcia
1924
Riders of the Plains
1924
The Hellion as
The Outlaw
1924
The White Panther as
Shere Ali's Aide (as Karloff Boris)
1923
The Prisoner as
Prince Kapolski
1922
Omar the Tentmaker as
Imam Mowaffak
1922
The Woman Conquers as
Raoul Maris
1922
The Altar Stairs as
Hugo
1922
The Infidel as
The Nabob
1922
The Man from Downing Street as
Maharajah Jehan
1922
Nan of the North as
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
1921
The Cave Girl as
Baptiste
1921
Cheated Hearts as
Nei Hamid
1921
Without Benefit of Clergy as
Ahmed Khan
1921
The Hope Diamond Mystery as
Priest of Kama-Sita / Dakar
1920
The Last of the Mohicans as
Indian (uncredited)
1920
The Courage of Marge O'Doone as
Tavish
1920
The Deadlier Sex as
Jules Borney
1919
The Prince and Betty as
Undetermined Role
1919
His Majesty, the American as
Henchman in cloth cap (uncredited)
1919
The Lightning Raider
Soundtrack
2021
False Positive (performer: "Who Am I?")
2004
Rosemary Clooney: Singing at Her Best (Music Video) (performer: "You'd Be Surprised")
1997
Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (Documentary) (performer: "We're Horrible, Horrible Men")
1968
The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- He Who Steals My Robot Steals Trash (1968) - (performer: "The Two of Us", "The Three of Us")
1967
Mad Monster Party? (performer: "One Step Ahead")
1965
Shindig! (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.14 (1965) - (performer: "The Peppermint Twist")
1957
The Gisele MacKenzie Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Boris Karloff (1957) - (performer: "Those Were the Good Old Days", "The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish" - uncredited)
1957
The Lux Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (1957) - (performer: "You Do Something to Me", "I Get So Frightened")
1957
The Rosemary Clooney Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Boris Karloff (1957) - (performer: "You'd Be Surprised", "Children Have Quizzical Ways")
1955
A Connecticut Yankee (TV Movie) (performer: "A Toast", "At the Round Table", "You Always Love the Same Girl")
1945
The Body Snatcher (performer: "Poor Daft Jamie" - uncredited)
1936
One in a Million ("Horror Boys of Hollywood" (1936))
Thanks
2018
The Grinch (in memory of)
2017
The Best of Hollywood (TV Series documentary) (thanks - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 30 October 2017 (2017) - (thanks)
2016
Kingdom Rush Frontiers (Video Game) (inspiration)
2015
Mr. Bean: The Animated Series (TV Series) (acknowledgment - 1 episode)
- Coconut Shy (2015) - (acknowledgment)
2014
Fourtouna Sto Ano Peukochori (inspiration)
2010
The Last Circus (the director wishes to thank)
2009
The New Bike (Short) (acknowledgment)
2006
Kreating Karloff (Documentary) (in memory of)
1996
The Hypnotic Eye (TV Series) (dedicatee - 1 episode)
- Halloween Special (1996) - (dedicatee)
1989
Dieter & Andreas (Short) (grateful acknowledgment)
1984
Horror Heaven (Short) (to)
1964
Bikini Beach (the producers wish to extend special thanks to - as The Art Dealer)
Self
1968
The Jonathan Winters Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Boris Karloff, Agnes Moorehead, Marjorie McCoy, the Craig Hundley Trio (1968) - Self
1968
Film Review (TV Mini Series) as
Self
- Horror (1968) - Self
1966
The London Palladium Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 3 July 1966 (1966) - Self
1965
Shindig! (TV Series) as
Self - Guest Host / Singer
- Episode #2.14 (1965) - Self - Guest Host / Singer
1965
ABC's Nightlife (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.166 (1965) - Self
1965
The Entertainers (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 16 January 1965 (1965) - Self
1964
A Fool's World (Documentary) as
Self - Narrator (English version, voice)
1964
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Henny Youngman, Boris Karloff (1964) - Self - Guest
1964
The Garry Moore Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Boris Karloff, Alan King (1964) - Self
1964
Horror!!! (TV Short documentary) as
Self
1952
I've Got a Secret (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode dated 28 January 1963 (1963) - Self - Guest
- Episode dated 24 August 1955 (1955) - Self - Guest
- Episode dated 13 October 1954 (1954) - Self - Guest
- First Show - Boris Karloff guest (1952) - Self - Guest
1962
Out of This World (TV Series) as
Self - Host
- The Tycoons (1962) - Self - Host
- Target Generation (1962) - Self - Host
- Immigrant (1962) - Self - Host
- The Dark Star (1962) - Self - Host
- Divided We Fall (1962) - Self - Host
- Vanishing Act (1962) - Self - Host
- Pictures Don't Lie (1962) - Self - Host
- Medicine Show (1962) - Self - Host
- Botany Bay (1962) - Self - Host
- Impostor (1962) - Self - Host
- Cold Equations (1962) - Self - Host
- Little Lost Robot (1962) - Self - Host
- The Yellow Pill (1962) - Self - Host
- Dumb Martian (1962) - Self - Host
1960
Thriller (TV Series) as
Self / Self - Host / Doktor Konrad Markesan / ...
- The Specialists (1962) - Self - Host
- The Lethal Ladies (1962) - Self
- The Innocent Bystanders (1962) - Self
- Man of Mystery (1962) - Self
- Kill My Love (1962) - Self
- The Bride Who Died Twice (1962) - Self
- 'Til Death Do Us Part (1962) - Self
- Flowers of Evil (1962) - Self
- The Incredible Doktor Markesan (1962) - Self / Doktor Konrad Markesan
- Cousin Tundifer (1962) - Self
- The Hollow Watcher (1962) - Self
- A Wig for Miss Devore (1962) - Self
- The Storm (1962) - Self
- La Strega (1962) - Self
- Waxworks (1962) - Self
- An Attractive Family (1962) - Self
- Portrait Without a Face (1961) - Self
- The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk (1961) - Self
- The Return of Andrew Bentley (1961) - Self - Host
- Dialogues with Death (1961) - Self / Pop Jenkins / Col. Jackson Beauregard Finchess
- The Closed Cabinet (1961) - Self - Host
- A Third for Pinochle (1961) - Self - Host
- Letter to a Lover (1961) - Self - Host
- The Last of the Sommervilles (1961) - Self - Host / Dr. Albert Farnham
- Masquerade (1961) - Self - Host
- God Grante That She Lye Stille (1961) - Self - Host
- The Weird Tailor (1961) - Self - Host
- The Premature Burial (1961) - Self - Host / Dr. Thorne
- Guillotine (1961) - Self
- What Beckoning Ghost? (1961) - Self
- The Grim Reaper (1961) - Self
- Pigeons from Hell (1961) - Self
- Dark Legacy (1961) - Self
- Prisoner in the Mirror (1961) - Self
- The Terror in Teakwood (1961) - Self
- Mr. George (1961) - Self - Host
- A Good Imagination (1961) - Self - Host
- Parasite Mansion (1961) - Self - Host
- The Devil's Ticket (1961) - Self
- Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (1961) - Self - Host
- Late Date (1961) - Self
- Papa Benjamin (1961) - Self
- Trio for Terror (1961) - Self
- The Ordeal of Dr. Cordell (1961) - Self
- Well of Doom (1961) - Self
- The Fingers of Fear (1961) - Self
- The Merriweather File (1961) - Self
- Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook (1961) - Self
- Choose a Victim (1961) - Self
- Man in the Cage (1961) - Self
- The Poisoner (1961) - Self
- The Hungry Glass (1961) - Self
- The Cheaters (1960) - Self
- Man in the Middle (1960) - Self
- Knock Three-One-Two (1960) - Self
- The Big Blackout (1960) - Self
- The Fatal Impulse (1960) - Self
- The Prediction (1960) - Self / Clayton Mace
- Girl with a Secret (1960) - Self
- The Watcher (1960) - Self
- The Purple Room (1960) - Self
- The Guilty Men (1960) - Self
- Rose's Last Summer (1960) - Self
- The Mark of the Hand (1960) - Self
- Worse Than Murder (1960) - Self
- Child's Play (1960) - Self
- The Twisted Image (1960) - Self - Host
1960
Here's Hollywood (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.28 (1960) - Self
1960
Sunday Showcase (TV Series) as
Self - Host
- Hollywood Sings (1960) - Self - Host
1960
The Kate Smith Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Count Basie (1960) - Self
1958
The Veil (TV Mini Series) as
Self - Host
- Jack the Ripper (1958) - Self - Host
1958
E.S.P. (TV Series) as
Self - guest star
- Tales of E.S.P. (1958) - Self - guest star
1958
The Tonight Show Starring Jack Paar (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.191 (1958) - Self
- Episode #1.190 (1958) - Self
1958
The Betty White Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Honesty (1958) - Self
1957
This Is Your Life (TV Series) as
Self
- Boris Karloff (1957) - Self
1957
The Gisele MacKenzie Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Boris Karloff (1957) - Self
1957
The Lux Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.5 (1957) - Self
1957
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Robert Cummings, Boris Karloff, Gale Storm (1957) - Self
- Art Carney, Betty Hutton, Boris Karloff, Gloria DeWerd, Nancy Kilgas, The Skylarks (1957) - Self
1957
The Kate Smith Hour (TV Special) as
Self
1957
The Rosemary Clooney Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Boris Karloff (1957) - Self
1956
The Ernie Kovacs Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 13 August 1956 (1956) - Self
1956
Frankie Laine Time (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #2.2 (1956) - Self
1955
This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Eamonn Andrews (1955) - Self
1954
The New Truth and Consequences (TV Series) as
Self
- Boris Karloff (1954) - Self
1954
The George Gobel Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Boris Karloff (1954) - Self
1952
Quick as a Flash (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.5 (1953) - Self
- Pilot (1952) - Self
1953
Who Said That? (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #5.5 (1953) - Self
1953
The 25th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Audience Member (New York)
1953
All Star Revue (TV Series) as
Self
- Host: Martha Raye; Guests: Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Charyl Sue Fong (1953) - Self
1949
The Milton Berle Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #5.11 (1952) - Self
- Episode #4.33 (1952) - Self
- Episode #4.4 (1951) - Self
- Episode #3.13 (1950) - Self
- Episode #2.15 (1949) - Self
- Episode #1.45 (1949) - Self
1949
The Eyes Have It (TV Series) as
Self
- Final Show (1952) - Self
- Episode #4.9 (1951) - Self
- Episode #2.1 (1949) - Self
1952
That Reminds Me (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 27 February 1952 (1952) - Self
1951
The Fred Waring Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #4.7 (1951) - Self
1951
Down You Go (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 26 September 1951 (1951) - Self
1951
TV Club (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Boris Karloff (1951) - Self
1951
What's My Line? (TV Series) as
Self - Mystery Guest
- Boris Karloff (1951) - Self - Mystery Guest
1950
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #2.17 (1950) - Self
1950
The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue (TV Series) as
Self
- Boris Karloff, Jet McDonold (1950) - Self
1950
Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet (TV Series) as
Self
- Boris Karloff (1950) - Self
1950
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) as
Self
- Guests: Robert Q. Lewis, Boris Karloff, and Mary Hatcher (1950) - Self
1949
The Boris Karloff Mystery Playhouse (TV Series) as
Self - Host
- The Night Reveals (1949) - Self - Host
- Three O'Clock (1949) - Self - Host
- Fake Face (1949) - Self - Host
- Mad Illusion (1949) - Self - Host
- Five Golden Guineas (1949) - Self - Host
- The Shop at Sly Corner (1949) - Self - Host
1949
The Lamb's Gambol (TV Series) as
Self
- Premier (1949) - Self
1948
We, the People (TV Series) as
Self - Actor
- Boris Karloff, James Melton, Al Capp (1948) - Self - Actor
1942
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 6 (Documentary short) as
Self
1941
Information Please: Series 2, No. 12 (Documentary short) as
Self
1940
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 9: Sports in Hollywood (Documentary short) as
Self / Tennis Fan
1937
Breakdowns of 1937 (Short) as
Self
1935
Hollywood Hobbies (Documentary short) as
Self
Archive Footage
-
William Henry Pratt AKA Boris Karloff (Documentary) (filming)
2023
Compression (TV Series documentary)
- Compression Frankenstein de James Whale (2023)
2022
Boris Karloff: The Rest of the Story (Documentary) as
Self - Interviewee
2021
Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster (Documentary) as
Self - Interviewee
2020
Cineficción Radio (Podcast Series) as
Dr. Fu Manchu / The Monster
- Cine enfermo (2021) - Dr. Fu Manchu
- Los sueños (2021) - The Monster
- Horror cósmico (2020)
- Ocultismo (2020)
- Momias (2020)
2021
Hollywood Insider (TV Series) as
Self
- Worst Oscar Snubs: The Academy Awards Failed By Ignoring These Great Movies and Performances (2021) - Self
2021
Nollen with Nollen (Short) as
Boris Karloff
2020
Big Parade of Horror (Documentary) as
Frankenstein's Monster
2019
A Good Game--Karloff & Lugosi at Universal--Part Four--Black Friday (Video documentary short) as
Dr. Ernest Sovac
2019
A Good Game--Karloff & Lugosi at Universal -- Part One -- The Black Cat (Video documentary short) as
Hjalmar Poelzig
2019
A Good Game--Karloff & Lugosi at Universal--Part Three--The Invisible Ray (Video documentary short) as
Dr. Janos Rukh
2019
A Good Game--Karloff & Lugosi at Universal--Part Two--The Raven (Video documentary short) as
Edmond Bateman
2019
Dreams Within a Dream: The Classic Cinema of Edgar Allan Poe (Video documentary)
2019
Carl Laemmle (Documentary) as
Self
2018
Bonny Boys of Bedlam (Video short) as
Master George Sims
2018
Shadowlands (TV Mini Series) as
Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe
- Pygmalion Revisited (2018) - Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe
2017
Greetings from Tromaville (Documentary)
2017
The Best of Hollywood (TV Series documentary) as
Self - Interviewee / Self - Inerviewee
- Episode dated 31 October 2017 (2017) - Self - Interviewee
- Episode dated 30 October 2017 (2017) - Self - Inerviewee
2017
Daughter of Frankenstein: A Conversation with Sara Karloff (Video documentary short) as
Morgan (uncredited)
2017
Terreur et glamour: Montée et déclin du studio Hammer (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2015
True Fear: The Making of Psycho (Documentary)
2014
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks (TV Series documentary) as
Cabman John Gray / Byron Orlok
- The Body Snatcher (2015) - Cabman John Gray
- Targets (2014) - Byron Orlok
2015
Dante's Domicile (TV Series) as
Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe / Eric
- The Terror (2015) - Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe / Eric
2015
Spetsyfichni typy komunikatsiyi u mizhnarodnykh informatsiynykh ta kulturnih vidnosynakh: Ukrayinskiy vymir universalnogo kodu kultovogo kino (Short) as
Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe / Eric (uncredited)
2014
America's Clown: An Intimate Biography of Red Skelton (Video) as
Mad Scientist
2014
Monster Madness: The Golden Age of the Horror Film (Video documentary) as
The Monster / Sanders / Morgan / ...
2007
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (TV Series documentary) as
Imhotep / The Monster / ? / ...
- The Mummy's Curse (2013) - Kharis in flashback, bandaging sequence
- The Mummy's Hand (2013) - Kharis
- The Mummy (1932) (2013) - Imhotep
- House of Dracula (2011) - Frankenstein Monster in Dream Sequence
- House of Frankenstein (2011) - Doctor Gustav Niemann
- Son of Frankenstein (2011) - The Monster
- The Bride of Frankenstein (2011) - The Monster
- Frankenstein (2011) - ?
- The Terror (2010) - Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe / Eric
- Frankenstein 1970 (2010) - Baron Victor von Frankenstein
- The Body Snatcher (2009) - Cabman John Gray
- The Man They Could Not Hang (2009) - Dr. Henryk Savaard
- The Black Cat & the Raven (2009) - Hjalmar Poelzig / Edmond Bateman
- The Old Dark House (2009) - Morgan
- Roger Corman's Poe Films (2007) - Dr. Scarabus
- The Mummy (2007) - Imhotep
- Frankenstein (2007) - ?
2013
A Masque of Madness (Notes on Film 06-B, Monologue 02)
2013
Masterclass Jean-Pierre Bouyxou (Video documentary)
2012
South at Six (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 8 October 2012 (2012) - Self
2012
100 Years of Universal - The Lot (Video documentary short) as
The Monster (uncredited)
2012
Classic Horror Trailers (Video)
2011
Prophets of Science Fiction (TV Series documentary) as
The Monster in 'Frankenstein'
- Mary Shelley (2011) - The Monster in 'Frankenstein'
2011
A Curta Mais Longa (Video short) as
The Creature
2011
These Amazing Shadows (Documentary) as
The Monster (clip from Frankenstein (1931)) (uncredited)
2011
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (Documentary) as
Dr. Scarabus (uncredited)
2010
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (TV Mini Series documentary) as
The Monster / Morgan / Cabman John Gray
- Frankenstein Goes to Hollywood (2010) - The Monster / Morgan / Cabman John Gray (uncredited)
2010
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (Video documentary) as
Self (uncredited)
2009
Bones (TV Series) as
Imhotep
- A Night at the Bones Museum (2009) - Imhotep (uncredited)
2009
American Masters (TV Series documentary) as
Fu Manchu
- Hollywood Chinese (2009) - Fu Manchu
2009
Happy Tears as
Imhotep (uncredited)
2008
One for the Fire: The Legacy of 'Night of the Living Dead' (Documentary) as
John Ellman (uncredited)
2008
He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce (Video short) as
Self
2008
House of Harrington (Documentary short)
2007
Close Up (TV Series documentary) as
Self / The Monster / Various
- Bela Lugosi: Dracula's Dubbelganger (2007) - Self / The Monster / Various
2007
The Fallen Vampire (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2007
Ian Rankin: Investigates Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (TV Movie documentary) as
Cabman John Gray
2007
Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman (Documentary) as
Self
2007
Corridor Gossip (Video documentary short) as
Dr. Thomas Bolton (uncredited)
2007
Haunted Memories (Video documentary short) as
clips from 'The Haunted Strangler'
2006
Experiments in Terror 2 (Video)(segment "The Mesmerist")
2006
History's Mysteries (TV Series documentary) as
Monster
- Frankenstein (2006) - Monster
2006
Dr. Seuss and the Grinch: From Whoville to Hollywood (Video documentary short) as
Narrator - 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' (uncredited)
2006
Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz (Video Game) as
Frankenstein's Monster (uncredited)
2006
Lugosi, the Dark Prince (Video documentary short) as
Self
2006
Terror in the Tropics (Video) as
Mr. Wong
2004
Van Helsing: Behind the Screams (Video documentary short)
2004
The Dead Will Walk (Video documentary) as
The Monster
2004
Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen (Documentary)
2004
The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (Video documentary)
2004
Van Helsing: The Man and the Monsters (TV Movie documentary) as
Frankenstein's Monster
2004
Rosemary Clooney: Singing at Her Best (Music Video) as
Boris Karloff
2004
Monster Movie Trivia Quiz (Video short)
2004
Hit Celebrity TV Commercials (TV Movie) as
Self - for A-1 Steak Sauce
2003
The Mesmerist (Short)
2003
Corman's Comedy of Poe (Video short) as
Dr. Scarabus
2003
Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Raven (Video short) as
Dr. Scarabus (uncredited)
2003
Extra Weird (Video documentary) as
Self
1995
Biography (TV Series documentary) as
The Monster / Self
- The Munsters: America's First Family of Fright (2003) - The Monster (uncredited)
- Vincent Price: The Versatile Villain (1997)
- Bela Lugosi: Hollywood's Dark Prince (1995)
- Boris Karloff: The Gentle Monster (1995) - Self
2003
Star Trek: Enterprise (TV Series) as
Frankenstein's Monster
- Horizon (2003) - Frankenstein's Monster (uncredited)
2002
Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi (TV Movie documentary) as
Self / Characters
2002
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster (Video documentary short) as
The Monster / Mad Scientist (uncredited)
2002
The Universe According to Universal (Video documentary short) as
Dr. Janos Rukh (uncredited)
2001
Heroes of Horror (TV Movie documentary) as
Self / Frankenstein's Monster / Narrator & The Grinch / ...
2001
Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (Documentary) as
Self
2001
Hollywood Rivals (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Boris Karloff Vs. Bela Lugosi - Self
2000
Songs in the Key of Grinch (Video documentary short) as
The Grinch / Narrator
2000
The Many Faces of Dracula (Video documentary) as
The Monster
2000
The American Nightmare (Documentary) as
Self
1999
Film Breaks (TV Series documentary) as
Mr. Wong
- Detectives from the Orient (1999) - Mr. Wong
1999
Monster by Moonlight! The Immortal Saga of 'The Wolf Man' (Video documentary short)
1999
Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (Video documentary short) as
Im-Ho-Tep
1999
Angela's Ashes as
Imhotep (uncredited)
1998
Universal Horror (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1996
100 Years of Horror (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Mummies (1996) - Self
- Frankenstein's Friends (1996) - Self
- Boris Karloff (1996) - Self
1996
100 Years of Horror: The Frankenstein Family (Video documentary) as
Self
1996
Nightmare: The Birth of Victorian Horror (TV Series documentary) as
The Monster
- Frankenstein (1996) - The Monster
1996
The Universal Story (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1996
The Greatest Show You Never Saw (TV Special documentary) as
Self - Panelist
1995
Empire of the Censors (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1995
The Interactive History of Frankenstein (Video Game) as
Self / Frankenstein Monster
1995
Century of Cinema (TV Series documentary) as
Tom Gaffney, 'Scarface'
- A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) - Tom Gaffney, 'Scarface' (uncredited)
1994
Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld (TV Movie documentary)
1994
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Special Edition (TV Short documentary)
1994
In Search of Dr. Seuss (TV Movie) as
The Grinch (uncredited)
1994
It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein (TV Movie documentary)
1994
Natural Born Killers as
The Monster (uncredited)
1992
Dracula in the Movies (Video documentary) as
Doctor Gustav Niemann
1992
The Face of Tutankhamun (TV Mini Series documentary) as
Ardath Bey / Imhotep
- The Pharaoh Awakes (1992) - Ardath Bey / Imhotep
1992
EBN: Commercial Entertainment Product (Video short) as
Frankenstein's Monster (uncredited)
1991
Big Breakdowns: Hollywood Bloopers of the 1930s (Video documentary short) as
Self
1991
Dracula: A Cinematic Scrapbook (Documentary) as
Doctor Gustav Niemann
1991
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook (Documentary) as
The Monster / Doctor Gustav Niemann / Dr. Henry Jekyll / ...
1991
Sprockets (TV Series)
- Golden Turkeys (1991)
1991
Hooray for Horrorwood (Video documentary) as
Self (uncredited)
1991
Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series) as
Imhotep
- The Mummy's Curse Mystery (1991) - Imhotep (uncredited)
1990
Classic Movie Bloopers (Video documentary) as
Self
1990
The Horror Hall of Fame (TV Movie documentary) as
Inductee
1990
Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1989
Transylvania Twist as
Self
1989
Shocker as
The Monster (uncredited)
1989
Murphy Brown (TV Series) as
Self / opening credits
- Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (1989) - Self / opening credits
1988
Hollywood Scandals and Tragedies (Video documentary)
1988
Monsters & Maniacs (Video documentary) as
Self
1988
Movie Bloopers (Video documentary) as
Self
1987
Bloopermania (Video documentary) as
Self
1987
Celebrity Commercials (Video documentary) as
Self
1986
Horrible Horror (Video) as
Gruesome, In clips from 'Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome'
1986
Saturday Afternoon Mad Theater (TV Series) as
The Monster
- Frankenstein (1986) - The Monster (as ?)
1986
Moonlighting (TV Series) as
Frankenstein's Monster
- The Bride of Tupperman (1986) - Frankenstein's Monster (uncredited)
1985
Don't Scream: It's Only a Movie! (Documentary) as
Self
1985
The Best of All Time Horror Classics (Video documentary) as
Frankenstein
1984
Going Hollywood: The '30s (Documentary)
1984
Terror in the Aisles (Documentary) as
The Monster (uncredited)
1983
The Horror of It All (TV Movie documentary) as
Frankenstein / Cabman John Gray (uncredited)
1982
Oops, those Hollywood Bloopers! (Video documentary) as
Self
1980
Absurdiade - Schmunzeltraining für Sportfans (TV Movie) as
The Monster (uncredited)
1979
Living Legends (TV Series documentary) as
Cabman John Gray
- Burke and Hare (1979) - Cabman John Gray
1979
The Bob Wilkins Super Horror Show (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1979
The Horror Show (TV Movie documentary)
1975
Don Adams' Screen Test (TV Series)
- Golden Earrings/Bride of Frankenstein (1975)
1975
Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) as
Self
1974
Madhouse as
Clip from 'The Raven'
1971
McCloud (TV Series) as
Hjalmar Poelzig
- Somebody's Out to Get Jennie (1971) - Hjalmar Poelzig (uncredited)
1970
Hatchet for the Honeymoon as
Gorca (uncredited)
1967
Film Review (TV Mini Series) as
John Gray
- Peter Cook, Dudley Moore & Stanley Donen (1967) - John Gray
1966
Doom of Dracula (Short) as
The Madman
1965
Hollywood My Home Town (Documentary) as
Self
1965
The Son of Frankenstein (Short) as
The Monster
1965
Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look at... (TV Series documentary) as
Various
- The Monsters (1965) - Various
1964
The Judy Garland Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.16 (1964) - Self
1964
Hollywood and the Stars (TV Series documentary) as
The Monster in Frankenstein's segment
- Monsters We've Known and Loved (1964) - The Monster in Frankenstein's segment
1963
Tri plyus dva as
Mystery Novel Character (uncredited)
1962
Exploring (TV Series documentary) as
Narrator (voice)
- The Juggler of Our Lady - Narrator (voice)
1961
Days of Thrills and Laughter (Documentary) as
Self
1958
The Veil (TV Mini Series) as
Dr. Pierre
- Vestris (1958) - Dr. Pierre
1958
The Veil (TV Movie) as
Sgt. Chester Willmore / Dr. Carlo Marcabienti / Andre Giraud / ...
1958
Destination Nightmare (TV Movie) as
Host / Ira Perry / Pete Wade Sr. / ...
1958
Jack the Ripper (TV Movie) as
Capt. John Elwood / Jonas Atterbury / Dr. Francis Mason
1955
When the Talkies Were Young (Short) as
T. Vernon Isopod (uncredited)
1953
Screen Snapshots: Spike Jones in Hollywood (Short) as
Self
1945
House of Dracula as
Frankenstein Monster in Dream Sequence (uncredited)
1944
The Mummy's Curse as
Kharis in Flashback, Bandaging Sequence (uncredited)
1940
The Mummy's Hand as
Kharis (uncredited)
1939
The Phantom Creeps as
Dr. Alex Zorka (uncredited)
1937
Cinema Circus (Short) as
Karloff
1932
Boo! (Short) as
Frankenstein's Monster (edited from "Frankenstein") (uncredited)

References

Boris Karloff Wikipedia