Calendar of Cool: Boris Karloff Born

On November 23, 1887, William Henry Pratt was born. You may never have heard of him, but you almost certainly know his stage name: Boris Karloff.

Karloff, who initially came to America for a diplomatic career, starred in hundreds of productions in several genres. His best-known role was that of the monster in the 1931 film Frankenstein.

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Following this film, Karloff was typecast in horror films for many years. He was widely praised for bringing such great humanity to Frankenstein’s monster – making him both fearsome and relatable. This was a very important part of the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. In her tale, the creature is strong, but scared and alone, meant to reflect humanity’s own journey through the world.

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A man who could bring a monster to life on screen, and make us feel for him? Super cool.

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