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Boris Karloff Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Family, Biography

Boris Karloff Quick Info
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 77 kg
Date of Birth November 23, 1887
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Date of Death February 2, 1969

Boris Karloff was an English actor, stage artist, and voice actor who is known for playing Frankenstein’s Monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). His film credits also include The Lightning Raider, The Prince and Betty, The Courage of Marge O’Doone, Without Benefit of Clergy, The Cave Girl, The Man from Downing Street, The Man in the Saddle, The Eagle of the Sea, FlamesThe Princess from HobokenTarzan and the Golden LionTwo Arabian KnightsThe Phantom BusterThe Vanishing Rider, The Little Wild GirlThe Black Castle, The Man They Could Not Hang, The Devil’s ChaplainThe Phantom of the NorthAnne Against the WorldThe King of the KongoThe Old Dark HouseThe Mask of Fu ManchuThe Comedy of Terrors, The House of RothschildThe Walking DeadCharlie Chan at the Opera, and The Man Who Changed His Mind. Boris Karloff was honored with 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – for Motion Pictures at 1737 Vine Street and for Television at 6664 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Born Name

William Henry Pratt

Nick Names

Boris Karloff, Billy, The Uncanny, The Hero of Horror, The Gentle Monster

Boris Karloff c. 1940s
Boris Karloff c. 1940s (Wikiwatcher1 / English Wikipedia / Public Domain)


He was born on November 23, 1887.


On February 2, 1969, Boris Karloff died of pneumonia at the age of 81 at the King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

Resting Place

Guildford Crematorium, Godalming, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Sun Sign


Born Place

Dulwich, Surrey, England, United Kingdom





Boris Karloff studied at Enfield Grammar School and then received a private education at Uppingham School and Merchant Taylors’ School.

After that, he got enrolled at King’s College London and his studies aimed at a career with the British Government’s Consular Service. However, he dropped out of university in 1909.


Actor, Stage Artist, Voice Actor


  • Father – Edward John Pratt (1826/7–1897) (of the Indian Civil Service)
  • Mother -Eliza Sara (b. 1848) (née Millard)
  • Siblings – Sir John Thomas Pratt (Older Brother) (British Diplomat). Boris also had 7 more older siblings.
  • Others – James Millard (Maternal Grandfather), Eliza Julia Edwards (Maternal Grandmother), Anna Leonowens (Relative) (Travel Writer, Educator, Social Activist)

Net Worth

According to, his net worth was $20 Million at the time of his death.



Boris Karloff as seen as Fu Manchu in 'The Mask of Fu Manchu' (1932)
Boris Karloff as seen as Fu Manchu in ‘The Mask of Fu Manchu’ (1932) (Unknown Author / Fine Art America / Public Domain)


5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm


77 kg or 170 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Boris Karloff had dated –

  1. Grace Harding (1910-1913)​ – He was married to stage actor Grace Harding from 1910 to 1913.
  2. Olive de Wilton (1916-1919)​ – In the year 1916, Boris Karloff tied the knot with actor Olive de Wilton but the duo later divorced in 1919.
  3. Montana Laurena Williams (1920-1922)​ – He was married to musician Montana Laurena Williams between 1920 and 1922.
  4. Helene Vivian Soule (1924-1928)​ – From 1924 to 1928, he was married to actor Helene Vivian Soule.
  5. Dorothy Stine (1930-1946)​ – In 1930, he married Dorothy Stine and they were blessed with their first and only child together, a daughter named Sara Karloff, on November 23, 1938. The child was coincidentally born on Karloff’s 51st birthday and was Boris’ only child. The couple divorced in 1946.
  6. Evelyn Hope Helmore (1946-1969) – Soon after his divorce from Dorothy, Boris Karloff married Evelyn Hope Helmore in April 1946 and they remained together until his death in 1969.

Race / Ethnicity

Mixed (White and Asian)

Boris Karloff was of English and Indian descent.

Hair Color


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Bow-legged
  • Thich eyebrows
  • Often played imposing, sinister villains

Brand Endorsements

Boris Karloff was cast in TV commercials for –

  • Schaeffer Pens (1966)
  • Volkswagen (1967)
  • Ronson Lighters (1968)
  • Butternut Coffee (1968)
  • A-1 Steak Sauce (1978)

Boris Karloff Favorite Things

  • Film Targets (1968)
  • Actor George Kennedy
  • Author – Joseph Conrad


Boris Karloff as Captain Hook in 'Peter Pan' (1950)
Boris Karloff as Captain Hook in ‘Peter Pan’ (1950) (Peter Lawrence / eBay / Public Domain)

Boris Karloff Facts

  1. His parents died when he was young and Boris was then raised by his half-sister and older siblings.
  2. He spent his childhood years growing up in Enfield, in the County of Middlesex.
  3. Some of his hobbies were growing roses, drinking tea, and watching rugby.
  4. Boris has narrated and also voiced the Grinch in the animated TV special of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966). For this, he even won a Grammy Award.

Featured Image by Wikiwatcher1 / English Wikipedia / Public Domain

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  1. Boris Karloff was 84 kg (185 pounds)

    As of 1969 he was 5’10 1/2″ tall which is 179 cm and 84 kg (185 pounds).

    The pressbooks stated he was 170 pounds which is 77 kg


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