Boris Karloff

1887 - 1969

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William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), known professionally as Boris Karloff () and occasionally billed as Karloff the Uncanny, was an English actor. His portrayal of Frankenstein's monster in the horror film Frankenstein (1931) (his 82nd film) established him as a horror icon, and he reprised the role for the sequels Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939). He also appeared as Imhotep in The Mummy (1932), and voiced the Grinch in, as well as narrating, the animated television special of Dr. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Boris Karloff has received more than 5,092,782 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Boris Karloff is the 753rd most popular actor (down from 590th in 2019), the 868th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 752nd in 2019) and the 113th most popular British Actor.

Boris Karloff is most famous for his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster in the 1931 film Frankenstein.

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  • 5.1M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 60.67

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 56

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.99

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.63

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Boris Karloffs by language

Over the past year Boris Karloff has had the most page views in the with 698,108 views, followed by Spanish (50,006), and German (42,887). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Latvian (496.08%), Ido (139.76%), and Uzbek (102.73%)


Among actors, Boris Karloff ranks 753 out of 13,578Before him are Capucine, Mack Sennett, Maria Schneider, Ajay Devgn, Andy Serkis, and Cybill Shepherd. After him are Isabel Sarli, Tyler Perry, Anne Parillaud, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Balsam, and Wentworth Miller.

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Among people born in 1887, Boris Karloff ranks 57Before him are Georg-Hans Reinhardt, Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni, Giovanni Gronchi, Ernst Hanfstaengl, Raoul Walsh, and Arnold Zweig. After him are Bernardo Houssay, Blaise Cendrars, Josef Harpe, Frederick Fleet, Joseph Bech, and Mamoru Shigemitsu. Among people deceased in 1969, Boris Karloff ranks 42Before him are Wacław Sierpiński, Allen Dulles, Vjekoslav Luburić, Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Robert Taylor, and Li Zongren. After him are Itzhak Stern, Erika Mann, Zakir Husain, Walter Christaller, Vito Genovese, and René Barrientos.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Boris Karloff ranks 868 out of 8,785Before him are Lady Margaret Beaufort (1443), James Gregory (1638), Andy Serkis (1964), Simon Cowell (1959), Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (1428), and Nevill Francis Mott (1905). After him are Rishi Sunak (1980), Daniel Burley Woolfall (1852), Frederick Griffith (1879), Martin Evans (1941), Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (1770), and Benedict Cumberbatch (1976).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Boris Karloff ranks 113Before him are Pete Postlethwaite (1946), Imelda Staunton (1956), Rex Harrison (1908), Michael York (1942), Ray Milland (1907), and Andy Serkis (1964). After him are Benedict Cumberbatch (1976), Wentworth Miller (1972), Pat Hitchcock (1928), Terence Stamp (1938), Orlando Bloom (1977), and Kristin Scott Thomas (1960).

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