My submission for the I, Splotchy Adopt-An-Actor campaign
is my favorite actor, Boris Karloff.
Among his many accomplished roles on film and on television, Karloff was the definitive Frankenstein monster
, the original Mummy
, and the narrator for "the Grinch that Stole Christmas"
, as well as the voice of the Grinch.
Kalroff did not actually become successful at acting until he was 44 years old, when he played the Frankenstein monster for Universal Pictures. Before that he was a bit player on stage and an extra in movies. Nobody is exactly sure how many films he has been in because he was cast as an extra for so many years that and no accurate record was ever kept of his minor roles. Film students to this day still discover previously unknown Karloff roles in classic films where he played an uncredited face in a crowd. He also worked regularly as a ditch digger and a cement truck driver.
Karloff was once asked in his later years how he managed to find the energy to keep working on so many projects.
"Good clean living, up until the age of 6." Was Karloff's reply.
I read his biography when I was a about 12, right about the time I started to watch "Creature Features with Bob Wilkins".