Biography: Boris Karloff - The Gentle Monster
After his classic performance in James Whale's 1931 thriller, Frankenstein, actor Boris Karloff's name became synonymous with terror.
And yet, behind his gaunt glare and distinctive lisp was the soul and manner of a cultured English gentleman. Born in London in 1887, Karloff, whose real name was William Henry Pratt, abandoned his studies at an early age and used a modest inheritance to begin his acting career in Canada. He toured in stock companies for years before getting his big break in his early forties, when he landed the role of the monster in Frankenstein. In this in-depth profile, discover how Karloff took his acting skills to Broadway, television, and radio when Hollywood tired of horror, and find out how he risked his livelihood and his freedom by becoming one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild.
Featuring film clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with former co-stars and members of Karloff's family, including daughter Sara, Biography proudly presents the true story of the gentleman behind the face of a monster.