Frankenstein and Beyond: The Boris Karloff Quiz


By: Bambi Turner

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About This Quiz

Boris Karloff is the man behind the classic image of Frankenstein, but how much do you know about the man behind the makeup? Take our quiz to test your knowledge of this horror movie legend.

Where was Karloff born?

Karloff was born November 23, 1887, just outside of London, England. He was the youngest of nine children, and his older siblings helped to raise the young Karloff after his mother passed away.


Karloff's name was not listed in the opening credits of "Frankenstein."

It's hard to believe it now, but Karloff's role in "Frankenstein" wasn't considered a starring role at the time. The actor was not included in the opening credits, and Karloff wasn't even invited to the premiere of the film.


Karloff only won the role of Frankenstein because this actor turned down the part.

Bela Lugosi was reluctant to play a silent, makeup covered monster, so the part of the monster went to Boris Karloff in the 1931 horror classic "Frankenstein."


Karloff lent his voice to this classic Christmas character.

Boris Karloff was the voice of the Grinch, who lived high above Whoville in the 1966 favorite "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."


Karloff was featured in a 1932 version of this legendary gangster flick.

Karloff played Tom Gaffney in the 1932 version of "Scarface." His character was a gang leader who was killed by Tony, played by Paul Muni.


You may know him as Boris Karloff, but he was actually given this unassuming name at birth.

Born William Henry Pratt, Karloff changed his name when he got into acting because he was worried that his newfound fame would embarrass his family.


In 1909, Karloff settled in this country.

Karloff moved to Canada in 1909 with just $5 in his pocket. He quickly took on hard labor jobs just to make ends meet, but still managed to find time to squeeze in some acting.


What was the name of Karloff's first film?

Karloff made his screen debut in the 1918 silent film "The Lightning Raider." He didn't appear in a "sound" film until 1929.


How many silent films did Karloff appear in?

Karloff appeared in 45 silent films and ended up taking part in around 150 total films throughout his long career.


Which actor got top billing in "Frankenstein?"

It might be Boris Karloff's name that lives on in the minds of movie fans, but it was Colin Clive, who played the mad doctor, that got top billing when the film was released.


How many total Frankenstein films did Karloff act in?

Karloff participated in various roles in five different films about "Frankenstein," including the 1931 original, the 1935 "Bride of Frankenstein," the 1939 "Son of Frankenstein," the 1944 "House of Frankenstein" and the 1958 flick "Frankenstein 1970."


Karloff was a founding member of this organization.

After spending hours in the makeup chair for "Frankenstein," Karloff was very aware of the problems faced by actors. He was member No. 9 in the Screen Actors Guild.


How many times did Karloff marry?

Karloff had five wives and married his fifth wife Evelyn Helmore the day after divorcing wife No. 4 in 1946.


What year did Boris Karloff pass away?

Karloff was 81 years old when he passed away in 1969 after a battle with emphysema.


What was the name of Karloff's character in "The Mummy?"

In the 1932 horror favorite "The Mummy," Karloff plays a mummy named Imhotep who is brought to life thanks to a magical scroll.


Which 1933 film featured Karloff in the role of Professor Edward Morlant?

In "The Ghoul," Karloff plays the mysterious Professor Edward Morlant, who appears as a reanimated corpse.


How many times did Karloff take on the role of Mr. Wong?

Karloff starred as Mr. Wong in five detective films between 1938 and 1940. The title role in the sixth Mr. Wong film, "Phantom of Chinatown," went to Asian-American actor Keye Luke.


What role did Karloff play in the 1934 film "The Black Cat?"

Karloff played architect Hjalmar Poelzig in the 1934 horror flick, which also featured Bela Lugosi.


How many films did Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi appear in together?

The two horror movie legends appeared in a total of eight films together, starting with "The Black Cat" in 1934 and ending with "The Body Snatcher" in 1945.


What happens to the monster and his bride at the end of "Bride of Frankenstein?"

At the end of the 1935 film, Karloff -- as the monster -- allows the Doctor and Elizabeth to escape before blowing up the lab with himself and his new bride inside.


What is the name of Frankenstein's son in "Son of Frankenstein?"

Karloff reprised his role as the monster yet again in the 1939 classic "Son of Frankenstein," which featured Basil Rathbone as Baron Wolf von Frankenstein, son of the original Dr. Henry Frankenstein from the first film.


Who played the monster in the 1944 film "House of Frankenstein?"

In this 1944 "Frankenstein" sequel, the role of the monster went to Glenn Strange, and Boris Karloff was left to play a mad scientist.


What was the first production that Karloff acted in?

Karloff got his first taste of the stage in a Christmas 1896 production of "Cinderella," where he played the Demon King at the ripe old age of 9.


Which author's story inspired the 1945 film "The Body Snatcher?"

Karloff appeared as Cabman John Gray in the 1945 horror film "The Body Snatcher," which was based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson.


How does Karloff's character die in "The Walking Dead?"

After being framed for a murder he didn't commit, Karloff's character John Ellman is sent to the electric chair -- then brought back to life, sort of -- in the 1936 classic "The Walking Dead."


Where are Karloff and company lost during the 1934 film "The Lost Patrol?"

In one of the actor's rare dramatic parts, Karloff plays a member of a World War I British Army troop lost in the desert in "The Lost Patrol."


What was the name of the family in "The Old Dark House?"

Karloff plays a mute butler for the insane Femm family in the 1932 black comedy "The Old Dark House." A group of weary travelers end up trapped in the house and must deal with the Femm family and their various forms of crazy.


Karloff sang "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."

Boris Karloff voiced the Grinch, but did not sing this holiday favorite, which was actually sung by Thurl Ravenscroft. Karloff did receive a Grammy award in 1968 for his spoken word recordings of the Grinch story.


How many children did the actor have?

Despite marrying five times, Karloff had only one child, a daughter named Sara with his fourth wife.


Who directed Karloff in his final film?

In his final film role, Karloff played aging film star Byron Orlok in the 1968 Peter Bogdanovich film "Targets."


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