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Boris Karloff (1887-1969), Actor

Boris Karloff (William Henry Pratt)

Sitter in 5 portraits
Born William Henry Pratt in Dulwich, South London. A long career in silent films preceded his first appearance as the monster in Frankenstein in 1931. Subsequently he became the acknowledged king of Hollywood horror, bringing style and pathos to many freaks and villains for nearly 40 years.

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Boris Karloff

by Nicolai Fechin
charcoal, circa 1934-1938
NPG 5837


Boris Karloff

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1946
NPG P318


Boris Karloff (William Henry Pratt)

by Walter Bird
vintage print, circa 1950s
NPG x183959


Boris Karloff

by Ben Pinchot
bromide print, 1940s
NPG P280