1. Boris Karloff, born William Henry Pratt on November 23, 1887, died of emphysema at his home in England on February 2, 1969. He was a major player in the formation of the Screen Actors Guild, or SAG, an American labor union founded in 1933.
2. Karloff spent 10 years in repertory companies, and then he went to Hollywood appearing in forty-five silent films for Universal Studios, including The Last of the Mohicans (1920) and Forbidden Cargo (1925).
3. The actor is best remembered for his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - one for motion pictures and one for television.
4. The role that made Boris Karloff a star is his most famous role, that of Frankenstein's monster in the 1931 movie Frankenstein. When Bella Lugosi refused to take a role in which he would have his face hidden by makeup and have no lines, the role of The Monster went to Karloff.
5. Remember the 1966 cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Karloff provided the voice for the bitter, green character created by Dr. Seuss.